Wanda Beach is the most recent release by Ghosts of Oceania, and frankly the one that contains the most intense backstory. Wanda Beach is another demo consisting of seven tracks inspired by the Wanda Beach Murders of 1965. The music speaks volumes, consisting of eerie piano and synth that drives home the mysterious and gruesome killings that took place in Australia. (more…)
Moving onward, here are my thoughts on Ghost of Oceania’s second demo, titled Those Taken By The Tides. (more…)
An elementary school teacher who happens to be a member one of sludge and post-metal’s juggernauts is indeed a life unto itself. Thus is the title of Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Steve von Till’s fourth solo album. A Life Unto Itself continues with the brooding folk template of its predecessors, yet sounds even more refined than before. Steve von Till (more…)
As I sit here looking out the window this morning with the rain coming down, I feel that Ghosts of Oceania is a suitable soundtrack to this experience. I can’t remember exactly how I ran across Ghosts of Oceania, but being a side project of Azghor from Drowning the Light, it got my attention right away. (more…)
Fields of Mildew out of Germany is a somber and dark acoustic release under Fallow Field and an excellent one at that. With pretty much no information on this release, I write this blindly. This self-titled release is a damp and dark stroll through six songs with a heavy aura of gloominess. (more…)
Here, another feeble attempt to utilize words that are devoid of the justice deserved by this release and artist—Kinit Her’s brand of neofolk transcends categorization, as is the case with The Cavern Stanzas. The Cavern Stanzas consists of two fifteen-minute pieces that envelops and drags the listener into a disturbed and shadowy realm.
Transcendent; ethereal; holy; sanctified; eternal; timeless: these are only several words that can barely begin to describe one of the career-defining albums of Norway’s Ulver. Beginning as a black metal band in the early 1990s, the passage of time has begotten Ulver’s evolution into something that transcends definition, which is very much the case with their seventh studio album, Shadows of the Sun.
Digging through my local thrift store music section, I ran across a cassette tape with a cool cover of a piano and string bass in water. It had a minimalistic art style that caught my attention. Costing only a dime, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this purchase and took the plunge without knowing a thing about the tape. When I got home, I threw the tape in and did some research, and soon discovered something very neat. (more…)