Sleepwalk 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' cover artwork

Sleepwalk | Tempus Vincit Omnia (review)

  Sleepwalk’s most recent output is Tempus Vincit Omnia, released in December of 2017 by Nader Moumneh’s indie label Electro Aggression Records. Sleepwalk gets the usual extravagant EAR treatment: an elegant 2-disc digipak design, over one full album of new material and a second disc of bonus remixes from some of the top talent in…

Modern Norwegian Flag, 1899 to present.

Seattle Syttende Mai 2020: Quarantine Edition

A History of Syttende Mai and How to Celebrate Online in 2020 Many people are surprised to learn that the Norwegian holiday Syttende Mai is celebrated in Seattle, Washington. Not only is Syttende Mai celebrated in Seattle, but the annual parade attracts an estimated 10,000 people each year, many even visiting from Norway to attend.…

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COVID-19 Diaries: Lessons from Seattle

What Can Be Learned from the Seattle Experience with COVID-19 I live in the bedroom community of Puyallup, Washington and commute to my hotel job in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately, that also means I have been following the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) from its very first diagnosis in the United States. I am writing this…

Exterior of Salty’s on Alki.

Brunch at Salty’s on Alki Beach

Salty’s on Alki Beach is without a doubt Seattle’s premier all-you-can-eat brunch experience. Located on the waterfront in West Seattle, Salty’s offers an amazing array of food options, impeccable service and fantastic views overlooking Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. The real star of Salty’s, though, is the food and you won’t leave here hungry.…

Thora Bjorg Helga in 'Metalhead'

Metalhead: Icelandic film teases black metal

Metalhead (Málmhaus) is an Icelandic film from 2013 that played in Seattle as part of the 2015 Nordic Lights Film Festival. Directed by Ragnar Bragason, Metalhead was very successful in the Icelandic 2014 Edda Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Original Score…

tEaR!doWn 'Shades of Apathy' cover artwork

tEaR!doWn | Shades of Apathy (review)

Just in time for Christmas, the latest tEaR!doWn and Sleepwalk albums were released concurrently by indie label Electro Aggression Records. The timed release of the two albums has a nice symmetry to it, because tEaR!doWn member Oliver Spring was formerly a member of Sleepwalk and contributes some to their new album. Likewise, Sleepwalk member Bruno…

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Cruising to Saint Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). Saint Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…