In Praise of “Ellengæst” by Crippled Black Phoenix (#7 in 2020’s Top Ten)

Ellengæst, from UK revolving-door post-rock project Crippled Black Phoenix, is an album that, on paper, ought to be an absolute mess. A thorough treatment on depression and optimism featuring a roster of musicians from the more extreme ends of metal who play and sing everything *but* extreme metal is a tall order to fill, but … Continue reading In Praise of “Ellengæst” by Crippled Black Phoenix (#7 in 2020’s Top Ten)

In Praise of “Xuntas” by Sangre de Muerdago (#8 in 2020’s Top Ten)

I do not have the vocabulary to write about this album. I have never heard of Sangre de Muerdago, I do not know the names of half the instruments that appear on Xuntas’ eleven songs, and since the lyrics are sung entirely in Spanish, I don’t even know what these songs are about. None of … Continue reading In Praise of “Xuntas” by Sangre de Muerdago (#8 in 2020’s Top Ten)

In Praise of “Stare Into Death And Be Still” by Ulcerate (#9 in 2020’s Top Ten)

As the title and cover suggest, Ulcerate’s Stare Into Death And Be Still is an invitation to meditate on the end of the universe. This is perhaps not the most edifying attitude to have during a pandemic (especially when the album dropped in mid-April) but death metal/post-rock titans Ulcerate have pondered the end of all … Continue reading In Praise of “Stare Into Death And Be Still” by Ulcerate (#9 in 2020’s Top Ten)

In Praise of “The Fox & the Hunt” by The Dear Hunter (#10 in 2020’s Top Ten)

Blessed are the bands and musicians who release instrumental versions of their albums, for they shall receive further joy from fans who want to sing along (terribly) to their favorite songs. It is a tragedy that albums with excellent music rarely get instrumental releases unless the band goes out of their way to do it … Continue reading In Praise of “The Fox & the Hunt” by The Dear Hunter (#10 in 2020’s Top Ten)

The Best Scene of “The Social Dilemma” (And Other Comments)

My wife and I watched “The Social Dilemma” this weekend. I wasn’t expecting anything groundbreaking or profound (and it wasn’t - these conversations have been going on for quite some time now), but unlike “The Great Hack”, I actually enjoyed this one. It was good to see Tristan Harris, whose work I’ve been following for … Continue reading The Best Scene of “The Social Dilemma” (And Other Comments)

In Praise of “Rise Radiant” by Caligula’s Horse

Rise Radiant by Caligula's Horse, available wherever you get your music On September 15th, 2017, two of the most important progressive metal albums of the 10’s released: The Contortionist’s Clairvoyant, and Caligula’s Horse's In Contact. Both albums were highly anticipated and well received by critics and fans, but one of them quickly became canonized as … Continue reading In Praise of “Rise Radiant” by Caligula’s Horse

Confessional Culture, the Greatest Threat to Confessionalism

This past Wednesday, Aimee Byrd tweeted out a link to a new guest post on Scot McKnight’s blog. She announced that the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals had cut their ties to her in response to her new book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and that she would return to writing on her personal blog. … Continue reading Confessional Culture, the Greatest Threat to Confessionalism

In Praise of “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” by Aimee Byrd

(Note: most of this post had been written before the events and revelations of the past couple of days. I will write a separate follow-up based on those developments later). In the sake of transparency, I need to be clear up front: my wife and I love Aimee Byrd. We have been immensely blessed by … Continue reading In Praise of “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” by Aimee Byrd