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One Track Mind: Biipiiwan – Nibaak – Kingmaker

Natalie Zina Walschots

Listen here: Biipiiwan — Nibaak — Kingmaker This crashing, abrasive piece is part of the 3-song EP Nibaak that Ottawa weirdos Biipiigwan released in March of 2012. Their sound is a combination of noise rock and sludge metal, disparate elements brought together sheer intuition. This song raises a racket, the acerbic vocals and clattering cymbals […] More »

One Track Mind: The Great Sabatini – Matterhorn – City Limits

Natalie Zina Walschots

Occupying a wonderfully strange place on the Canadian metal landscape, one that combines great technical dexterity with the deep emotional reverberations of sludge (the band lovingly refer to this micro-genre as “swamp trench arithmetic”), The Great Sabatini have dropped a new mountain on their particular musical skyline with Matterhorn. “City Limits” is the opening track […] More »

One Track Mind: Cancer Bats — Dead Set On Living — R.A.T.S.

Natalie Zina Walschots

I love writing album reviews. I end up turning out around five of them a week, give or take a few. I love the structure that records take on, the universal constraints of time and sound that bind the concepts. I love the sensuality of aural art forms, the wordlessness of music simultaneously defied and […] More »