Release date: September 14, 2018
Label: Napalm Records
Conan has been blowing up recently. I don’t want to hype Existential Void Guardian too much but it snuck into my top metal albums of 2018. Existential Void Guardian is doom at it’s finest. The album starts with Prosper the Path and the pummeling never lets up. Eye to Eye to Eye threatens to crush the listener. Although Conan plays standard low and slow doom, they also bring hardcore riffs that bring some variation to the pace and set them apart from many of their peers. Volt Thrower (great name for a song) is a punishing and unsettling track that should serve as a starting point for the uninitiated listener. Vexxagon is sludgy perfection that suggests that Conan may be the next big thing in the doom genre.
In addition to seven new tracks, the album has killer artwork (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing), and tracks 8-11 are live versions of tracks from previous albums.
FCC: 8-11 (lyrics are clean but I can’t promise that something didn’t slip through)