All posts by Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a guy who writes stuff about things and then sometimes writes other things about stuff. In addition he has a wallet that says "Bad Ass Motherfucker" on it. Okay, that last part isn't true, but it'd be cooler if it was. McKraken is a long-time REDEFINE contributor and also regularly contributes to Disinfo. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
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Sandrider – Self-Titled Album Review

Theoretically, if beings existing outside of three-dimensional timespace looked down upon the lower dimensions they’d created, micro-entities such as humans might appear to them as little more than a blur — misunderstood pulses of flickering electricity constantly cycling through ephemeral life-spans. But the “God being” would perceive the mountains, trees, and canyons as solidified objects...Read...
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Racebannon – Six Sik Sisters Album Review

Only in a place like Bloomington, Indiana could the subversive mindfuck that is Racebannon continue to churn out their perfectly demented blend of art metal freakitude. It just goes to show how every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Take a boring college town, center it in the middle of hickville nowhere — add...Read...
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Swahili – Self-Titled Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

The relationship between ritualistic drumming and consciousness alteration is an age old tradition stemming largely from the overlooked shamanic cultures of antiquity. It should go without saying that viewing the supposed “triumph” of Western materialism thought over the more “primitive” concepts of animism is a retardedly short-sighted way of oversimplifying the universe, but that’s the...Read...
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USX – The Valley Path Album Review

You know, I’ve been sort of conflicted about the multiple directions metal has gone as of late — none of which involve much of a focus on basic songcraft. It’s probably just because I came of age back in the early ’90s. Back then, loud rock bands threw a bit more vocal melody and track...Read...
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