Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Total Skull: Odinist, Family Values, Stranger Fruit, Through the Woods

Things that brought me delight in September, 2018.

Blut Aus Nord, Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination
The sound of a mechanized, industrial hell.

Frank Miller, Sin City: Family Values
Sin City possesses an inherent conservatism, but oddly enough the families that truly matter in it are the families of choice.

Zeal & Ardor, Stranger Fruit
The first Zeal & Ardor album showed a lot of promise. Stranger Fruit is the fulfillment of that promise.

Emily Carroll, Through the Woods
The intersection of fairy tales and the Gothic is the most fertile ground going in comics at the moment.

Dark Funeral, The Secrets of the Black Arts
One of the first black metal albums I got into; it's still amazing.

Planescape: Dead Gods
Filled with stuff worth stealing and repurposing, particularly the visages.

Cultes des Ghoules, Sinister
A churning miasma. "Where the Rainbow Ends" and "Woods of Power" are particularly pleasing pestilences.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist
There's a lot you could do with the potential moral dilemma implied in the Cassalanter "version" of the adventure. Plus, drow gunslingers!

Wayfarer, World's Blood and Old Souls
Black metal, stripped of its grimwinter heritage, thrust into the savage dustbowl.

Blut Aus Nord, Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Ages
The Memoria Vetusta albums only get more interesting as they progress, but even here in the origin story there's something potent brewing.