Interview: Messa on Scarlet Doom and Feast For Water

There’s no cinematic art form as distinctly American as the Western. When we think of America, we think of the cowboy. We think of the strong jawed, sun tanned, loner riding into a dust covered Nevada...

Great Metal Albums of 2018 (So Far…)

We're over halfway through 2018. Which means it's time to cut the sleeves off that denim jacket, sew on a Defenders of the Faith back patch, get your ass in the pit, and check out Blocland's favorite metal...

Interview: Svalbard’s Serena Cherry on It’s Hard to Have Hope

  We listen to hardcore for the urgency. It’s the kind of physical music that inspires and demands you to get off your ass and take action in a personal sense and in regards to the world...

Bloc Metal II

  In this installment of Bloc Metal, we take a look at Sleep's long awaited comeback and Wreckmeister Harmonies' latest full-length. ***   On The Sciences, Sleep are Still Smoking  Stoner metal is pretty easy to pin down. The basic premise...

Bloc Metal I

  Hey, hey! New column alert! 'Bloc Metal' will be Blocland's recurring column covering the happenings in extreme music and rounding up all of the releases we believe to be worth your time and admiration. We'll be...

Blocland Presents: Blocland’s Best Metal Albums of 2017

I read an account on the 1970s CBGB scene, once. I’d credit it if I knew who wrote it or if I could find it again. For the most part, it was exactly what you’d expect...

The Blocland Special: Special Playlist for a Special Sandwich Day

by Cooolin, LeMonjello, & Lobsterman In honor of #NationalSandwichDay, we here at Blocland have created our own Dagwood-worthy stacked playlist. Meats and cheeses and some little surprises, sandwiched between sturdy indie-rock bread. Open your ears, open wide. So...

Interview: Wolves In the Throne Room’s Aaron Weaver on Justice and Thrice Woven

During the early 1820s to 1830s, American philosophy took a turn toward Transcendentalism. The movement's bedrock was based around fierce individualism and the idea that society was a corrupting force toward man. The major theme running...

Interview: Nate Garrett On Spirit Adrift’s Curse of Conception

As an esteemed colleague pointed out, metal is confounding. It's a confusing mass of intertwining and opposing ideas and aesthetics that'll lead you down infinite amounts of bandcamp wormholes. Metal is saturated with so many subgenres...

Looking Back: Alcest’s Souvenirs d’un autre monde at 10

Souvenirs d'un autre monde opens with "Printemps émeraude". Cymbols are struck with the intensity of wind chimes on your neighbor's porch, post rock guitars soar with small scale intimacy. Blast beats enter the mix and hit with...