The human capacity to create stories—of an afterlife, of the borders of state and country, of the existence of forces inexplicable—constantly shapes the cultural and physical aspects of our world. On their 4th album, Diaspora, SF Bay Area band Cormorant explores the origins and consequences of … Continue reading Cormorant – Diaspora Album Review
I drew this picture to get me thinking of a character from my Capstone project in Creative Writing. My goal is to start a serialized story based in the same world, with the first post going up sometime in August.
Several years ago, at the end of a dull weekend in Western Massachusetts, I decided that a walk through nature would break up the monotony. A short hike down the road from my apartment brought me to the Wentworth Farm conservation area (a large meadow surrounded by … Continue reading Pokémetal – Death Metal (Part 5)
(In which I discuss music I foolishly passed over in the preceding year). During the second voyage of the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin noted several species endemic to the Galápagos Islands: marine iguanas clung to rocks jutting into the Pacific. Giant tortoises hauled their half-ton bodies across the ground, and … Continue reading Yesteryear’s Forgotten (2016) – Naðra
To the extent of my knowledge, refridgerators are best at two things: being human-sized beer coolers and incubating spore colonies so expansive that they threaten to become sentient. During a recent excavation to the back of my Frigidaire, I came across a bowl of particularly fecund … Continue reading E(P)visceration – Vircolac
I first heard Cormorant back in 2009, during my freshman year in college. Their debut LP, Metazoa, made a splash in the underground that year with its eclectic mix of metal genres, progressive songwriting and DIY aesthetics. With the release of Dwellings (2011) and Earth Diver (2014), they’ve solidified … Continue reading Speak to Birds – An Interview with Cormorant’s Matt Solis
Plucked out of bed by a beam of light, you float towards the open window. A few lonely souls remain awake in this hour, but for the most part, the neighborhood is dark. There is a doorway carved in the sky, through which strange stars glow … Continue reading E(P)visceration – Cadaveric Fumes