Autumn Equinox 2016

Playlist: Autumn Equinox 2016

Autumn Equinox 2016

Autumn Equinox 2016

Now that summer has officially come to an end it’s time to mark the autumn equinox with a new playlist, comprised of some of our favourite tracks new and old, to commemorate our favourite season.

To acknowledge the phenomenal show that Rotting Christ played here in Vancouver last week we begin with “Agape Satana” from Rituals, released early this year and featuring some of the most compelling material we’ve heard from the band, the aforementioned track chief among them.

Chilliwack’s Medevil recently issued their widely anticipated debut full-length Conductor of Storms and “Nightwalk” is well-suited to a playlist marking the waning daylight hours as we leave summer behind.

A personal favourite, Castle‘s “Down in the Cauldron Bog” is a festive treat for classic heavy metal fans and we are beside ourselves with glee for their show tonight at Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver.

We couldn’t resist pairing Morkobot and Coma Cluster Void together for this playlist, as both projects’ latest albums are remarkable, complex and unique in their fields – we guarantee listeners have never heard anything like Coma Cluster Void and their new full-length Mind Cemeteries requires several mesmerizing listens to fully appreciate the visionary technical cacophonies they have unleashed.

While our interview with Epica‘s Simone Simons is currently being assembled on the factory floor (scheduled to post next week), we couldn’t resist including the soaring new symphonic metal track from the band’s upcoming album The Holographic Principle. “A Phantasmic Parade” is quintessential Epica and a breathtaking track. Enough said!

Recalling the early experimental pop sounds of His Name is Alive or Cocteau Twins, Brooklyn musician Jenny Tuite’s solo project Cloud Cover is a varied mix of dreamy, reverb-drenched sketches occasionally graced with Tuite’s fragile vocals, strongly reminiscent of Julie Christmas. We’ve been loving single “Mirror Me” for weeks and will gladly return to it over and over in the hope that Tuite will narrow in on this particular sound to eventually develop an album’s worth of similar material.

Alaska’s one and only goth band Cliff and Ivy demonstrate the lengths one must go to find music with a uniquely realized vision; recalling the original new wave ideals inspired by Romanticism, the duo weave a stylistic hybrid from various genres, accompanied by Ivy’s similarly experimental lyrical delivery of alliterative and incisive spoken-word poetics. “Reincarnation” is the lead single from their upcoming album CXI 111, scheduled for release October 11.

A bit of a departure into synthy territory, Troller‘s “Sundowner” is no less driven for its witchy coldwave sensibilities.

Topping our list of new albums to review (check back soon for those), Wrekmeister Harmonies and Helen Money have each just released a stellar album, respectively “Light Falls” and “Become Zero”. Sadly the Wrekmeister crew couldn’t make it for their recent Vancouver show with Marissa Nadler and Muscle and Marrow, so we included the entire lineup on this playlist to compensate for all the magic we missed.

At this point Windsor’s Grindmother likely needs no introduction, having gone viral online and garnering international media attention, but the band’s debut release has patiently awaited review on our towering to-do list and we would be remiss to overlook it on a playlist that, at least peripherally, acknowledges “Mother Nature” by its recognition of autumn equinox celebrations.

Hissing‘s aptly-titled track “Husk” is a hollowed, cavernous auditory space in which the Seattle trio nestles, ominously coiled and ready to strike.

Spellcaster‘s “Betrayal” has a distinctively emotional hard rock/metal feel that takes its 80s-style, done-me-wrong theme to soaring heights via stiletto-sharp lyrics.

Hoshin‘s closing track “The All is Aflame” reflects a warmer brand of dark ambient than is characteristic of the Cryo Chamber label, which tends to feature colder, more cosmic ambience; nevertheless we are fans of both label and artist.