Author Archives: bbarratt

Stoned Jesus- Pilgrims

Stoned Jesus– Pilgrims Release date: 2018Sep07 Label: Napalm Records Rating: 4/5 Excited builds slowly with a touch of sludge, gets the head going. Thessalia romps through the valley of riffage. How else to describe it? Sight, Sound, Touch and Feel,  roll one to this slow burner. Where Hands Resist Him, the ears embrace, pounding drums. Water Me percolates, thundering beats to chiming bass.  Apathy […]

La Chinga-Beyond The Sky

La Chinga– Beyond The Sky Release date: 2018Sep07 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3.5/5 La Chinga return with their second full length release. Nothin’ That I Can’t Do opens with a swagger straight from the age of polyester, porn mustache and all. Mama Boogie moves further uptempo, with a dose of  swampy blues. Black River grooves out, building upon the 70s […]

Hitman- The Offering: Side 1

Hitman– The Offering: Side 1 EP Release date: 2018Sept14 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Curtain Call hits fast with dirty riffs. Under The Weight crushes, throbbing drums with a hell of a swagger. Nero tears it up, thick massive licks, romans ablaze. Enchanted Wizard/Hail The Outro charges forth, taking no prisoners as it lays waste to the landscape with […]

YOB- Our Raw Heart

YOB– Our Raw Heart Release date: 2018Jun08 Label: Relapse Rating: 4/5 Newest release from YOB. Ablaze engulfs the senses with thunderous noise. The Screen revs with sinister bass. In Reverie delves further down the abyss, dirty licks. Lungs Reach to the heart with a profound sadness. Beauty in Falling Leaves strolls along to a cool autumn breeze. Our Raw Heart concludes with lush, […]

Skepticism- Stormcrowfleet

Skepticism– Stormcrowfleet (re-issue) Release date: 2018Oct26 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Originally released in 1995, now available for the first time on vinyl. Sign of A Storm drones profoundly upon an epic landscape. Pouring rumbles like bullets on the skin, visceral. By Silent Wings across the land, thunderous fury raining down. The Rising of the Flames engulf the senses, Sabbath-esque […]

Northern Crown- Northern Crown

Northern Crown– S/T Release date: 2018Oct12 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Second release from Fort Lauderdale’s Northern Crown. I Am Your Slave throbs sorrowfully, reminding of subservience. Merciless, They Let You Suffer in Cathedral chains, infernal noise. Chasing The Sun, soulful voice punctuated with thunder. The Desert and The Wind, a melodic twist, light and crisp. Righteous & Pure, yet cannot […]

ALMS-Act One

ALMS– Act One Release date: 2018Oct26 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 5/5 ALMS hail from Baltimore, the unofficial capital of doom metal with their debut. Dead Water plods mercilessly through hazy riffs, reminiscent of Saint Vitus. The Toll expands, foreboding bass to rapid guitar. For Shame is the epic ye seek, smokey vocals set to a thump.  The Offering delivers sinister […]

The Exploding Eyes Orchestra- II

  The Exploding Eyes– II Release date: 2018Oct05 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4.5/5 Final album from the Exploding Eyes Orchestra, also comprised of members of Jess and the Ancient Ones. Those of Us Left, overcome with grief and sorrow, lashing out with licks. Belladonna moves with grace, uplifting vocals. Harmain romps, mellow drumbeats and wistful bass. The Things You Do […]

Ghost- Prequelle

Ghost– Prequelle Release date: 2018Jun01 Label: Loma Vista Rating: 5/5 Papa Emeritus III has fallen, bringing the rise of the mysterious Cardinal Copia. Ashes scatter ominously, growling drumbeats. Rats scurry into the night, his wrath set against a melodic dirge. What’s a plague without dance? He scorns with conviction as Faith is his alone. He implores […]

The Evil- S/T

The Evil– S/T Release date: 2018Jun28 Label: Osmose Productions Rating: 3/5 The Evil hail from Brazil. Voices From The Deep cry out with thick, ominous bass.  About None Guilty growls with thick plodding riffs. Sacrifice to the Evil One unfolds on a somber note, building to thunderous guitar. Satan II throws crusty hooks like daggers to the ears. […]

King Heavy- Guardian Demons

King Heavy– Guardian Demons Release date: 2018Jun22 Label: Cruz del  Sur Rating: 4.5/5 My first exposure to Chile’s King Heavy was from their self-titled release in 2015. They’ve only gotten better. Guardian Demons crashes the gates with thick, dirty doom, a sign of things to come. Doom Shall Rise with sinister riffage and epic drums. Fucking right! Come My […]

Green Desert Water- Solar Plexus

Green Desert Water– Solar Plexus Release date: 2018Apr27 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3.5/5 Green Desert Water hail from Spain with their potent blend of blues-tinged desert rock. Open Your Wings uplifts with mellow desert sounds. The Deepest Sea moves with a fast, dirty swagger with strong vocals. Mother Moon echoes Deep Purple with cock-sure drums and filthy licks […]

Pallbearer- Dropout EP

Pallbearer– Dropout EP Release date: 2018Apr13 Label: Profound Lore Rating: 3/5 I was thrilled at first to see new material from Pallbearer. However, I feel that this is an uninspiring effort. The strongest track is I Saw The End, which is a radio edit as well. The other tracks are unmemorable. I personally prefer their […]

Chrch- Light Will Consume Us All

Chrch– Light Will Consume Us All Release date: 2018May11 Label: Neurot Recordings Rating: 5/5 Infinite is a symphony of crashing drums plodding to woeful bass that intensifies toward the middle. Portals evokes darkness and dread, sinful hooks and thundering drums. Aether seduces the heart with melancholic riffs and soft vocals that induce tears. A profound release that speaks […]

Witch Mountain- Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain– Witch Mountain Release date: 2018May25 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Witch Mountain return with a new vocalist (Kayla Dixon) and bass guitarist (Justin Brown). Midnight strikes with precise bluesy riffs. Mechanical World evokes an ominous dystopian landscape, blasted to pieces. “Burn You Down!“ they chant, as the villagers charge to a thunderous bass. Hellfire singes the […]

Sleep- The Sciences

Sleep– The Sciences Release date: 2018Apr20 Label: Third Man Records Rating: 5/5 I heard Sleep for the first time when Holy Mountain got frequent airplay on Native Metal (hosted by William Strausser). The Sciences mimics a space launch with clicks and pops. Marijuanaut’s Theme hits with lazy, hazy rips. Sonic Titan bests the original, slow and deep. Antarcticans Thawed takes the mind to […]

Empress- Reminiscence

Empress– Reminiscence Release date: 2018Feb12 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Empess are comprised of members of Seer and Craters, inspired by obscure (to me) doom group Elder. The Offering is a wall of sound unto itself, raw and visceral. Immer projects eeriness flowing into thick bass hits. Baptizer is fucking killer, starting off with dank bass echo giving way to dirty […]

Jess and the Ancient Ones- The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Jess and the Ancient Ones– The Horse and Other Weird Tales Release date: 2017Dec01 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4.5/5 Jess and the Ancient Ones remain one of my favorite bands of the modern era. Death Is The Doors is complimented with  a kaleidoscope of garage-y rock. Shining is full of swagger, unbelievably catchy. I adore the […]

TROLL- S/T

TROLL–S/T Release date: 2018Mar16 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4.5/5 Self-titled debut from Portland Oregon’s TROLL that reads like folklore. The Summoning/Troll brings a troll forth through the swamp, dredged by swampy hooks. Melodic sludge comes to mind on The Witch, leading into the muddy stomp of An Eternal Haunting. Infinite Death storms the gate with epic blues-tinged riffs, showcasing […]

Black Sabbath- The End: Live in Birmingham

Black Sabbath– The End: Live in Birmingham Release date: 2017Nov17 Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Rating: 4/5 Recorded on February 4, 2017, this is the final live album from Black Sabbath and possibly their last release ever. It’s fitting that it was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Honestly, every single track is amazing as it is […]

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Electric Wizard– Wizard Bloody Wizard Release date: 2017Nov11 Label: Rise Above Rating: 4/5 Electric Wizard return with their first new release since 2012’s Legalize Drugs & Murder EP. See You In Hell plods with foreboding vocals peppered with  sinister bass. Necromania is an up-tempo ode to fornicating with the deceased. How else to describe it? Hear The Sirens Scream […]

Lucifer’s Chalice- The Pact

Lucifer’s Chalice– The Pact Release date: 2017Sep29 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 3.5/5 Lucifer’s Chalice hail from the UK with a strong occult influence spread over four tracks.Hung at the Crossroads brings demented thrash set to a tale of murder and intrigue. The Pact conveys a twisted sense of urgency set against thunderous bass. Full Moon […]

Howling Giant- Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP

Howling Giant– Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP Release date: 2017Aug25 Label: self Rating: 4.5/5 Follow-up to Part 1 from nearly a year ago. Henry Tate drones slightly, giving way to a thick, psychedelic essence. The Pioneer has sabbath-esque hooks, pleasing the ears. Visions of lush, mellow guitars, set to a gentle breeze. The Forest Speaks softly with […]

Doom Side of the Moon- Self-Titled

Doom Side of the Moon– Doom Side of the Moon Release date: 2017Aug04 Label: self-released Rating: 5/5 Doom Side of the Moon, led by members of The Sword and additional musicians, is a metallized version of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon.  Speak to Me conjures grittiness, increasing in intensity with each note. Breathe (In […]

Tusmørke- Hinsides

Tusmørke– Hinsides Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Rating:  5/5 Hjemsøkte Hjem is an ethereal amalgamation of woodsy folk and punk unlike anything else I’ve heard. I Feel Like Midnight throws in some funk to compliment sounds of woodland animals. Rykende Ruin lifts your spirits with somber riffs straight from 1973. Lyssky Drom reaches out and […]