Author Archives: bbarratt

1976-1976

1976–Self-TitledRelease date: 20210514Label: AudibleRating: 5/5 1976 is a collection of twelve tracks produced by Martin Goltermann. I decided to focus on the texture of tracks of interest because I’ve noticed that not many reviews go into depth like that. 2 conjures a country drive on a cold fall day, leaves scattering in the wind. 4 […]

Jess and the Ancient Ones- Vertigo

Jess and the Ancient Ones– VertigoRelease date: 20210521Label: Svart RecordsRating: 4/5 If you’re not familiar with Jess and the Ancient Ones, you will be after hearing this. Burning of the Velvet Fires kicks things off with melodic, mid-tempo beats. Talking Board is full of contagious guitar riffs set against mesmerizing vocals. I love the opening […]

Robots of the Ancient World- Mystic Goddess

Robots of the Ancient World– Mystic GoddessRelease date: 20210521Label: Small StoneRating: 5/5 Robots of the Ancient World hail from Portland, Oregon. Surprised I hadn’t heard of them until now. Mystic Goddess pops and hisses into a melodic soundscape. Wasteland throws in a touch of blues and reminds me of an Orchid track. Agua Caliente moves […]

Bongzilla- Weedsconsin

Bongzilla– WeedsconsinRelease date: 20210420Label: Heavy Psych SoundsRating: 5/5 Bongzilla return with their first brand new release since 2005’s Amerijuanican. Wonder what’s taken them so long? Sundae Driver is dominated by thick, filthy riffs and much like the strain, hits right in the middle. Free The Weed plays like a slog through a swamp, echoing their […]

Temple Of Void- The World That Was

Temple of Void– The World That Was Release date: 2020Mar27 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 Temple of Void return with their first full album since 2017. A Beast Among Us roars along with foreboding drumbeats layered with muddy licks. Self-Schism drips with grungy bass. A Single Obolus serves as a brief respite from the darkness. Leave The Light […]

Dirt Woman- The Glass Cliff

Dirt Woman– The Grass Cliff Release date: 2020Mar13 Label: Grimoire Records Rating: 5/5 Dirt Woman hail from Ocean City, Maryland, forming in 2017. Lady of the Dunes greets the ears with an intoxicating haze of thundering drums. Creator drips with a sinister drone. Sleep and Electric Wizard come to mind due to the commanding influence […]

Elder- Omens

Elder- Omens Release date: 2020Apr24 Label: Armageddon Label Rating: 5/5 I’ve been spinning a lot of Elder lately in anticipation for this new release. Omens starts off with a spacey intro before delving into a soft layered tapestry of calming grooves. The doomy In Procession showcases urgent drumbeats complimented by a touch of blues in […]

Death the Leveller- II

Death the Leveller– II Release date: 2020Mar13 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 3.5/5 Death the Leveller hail from Dublin, Ireland and play traditional doom metal. The Hunt Eternal plods with a vengeance, juxtaposed against pained vocals. The Golden Bough is rife with tender melody. I love this one. The Crossing is intertwined with layers of […]

Radian- Chapters

Radian– Chapters Release date: 2020Feb07 Label: Self-released Rating: 4.5/5 Radian hail from Akron, Ohio with a mix of sludge and doom elements. Stonier is a filthy, sinister burner. Nothing Gets Through bludgeons your skull with killer riffage. Beast crawls inside of you with infectious thumps. Hearts of Metropolis is an epic mass of crashing drums […]

Freeways- True Bearings

Freeways– True Bearings Release date: 2020April04 Label: Temple of Mystery Rating: 5/5 Freeways hail from Brampton, Ontario. Eternal Light, Eternal Night sets it off with a surefire guitar/bass attack. Sorrow (Was Her Name) stomps through the snow with pounding drums. The 1970s vibe is clearly alive here. True Bearings hits with an urgency, with a […]

Haunt- Mind Freeze

Haunt– Mind Freeze Release date: 2020Jan10 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 This is the third release from Haunt, who are heavily influenced by traditional hard rock. Light the Beacon sets it off with thrashing old school swagger. Mind Freeze takes one back in time with a fast paced guitar/drum attack. Tracks that stood out to […]

Den- Iron Desert

Den– Iron Desert Release date: 2019Nov22 Label: Corpse Flower Rating: 3/5 Den hail from Chicago. Pyrite stomps along with sludgy notes. Svalbard slows the pace with soft, sorrowful noise. Bone & Flies focuses more on the soft, atmospheric side of their footprint. Iron Desert is a somber piece that ties together elements of their sound. […]

Monolord- No Comfort

Monolord– No Comfort Release date: 2019Sep20 Label: Relapse Rating: 5/5 Monolord hail from Gothenburg, Sweden. The Bastard Son evokes a sinister plod. It’s one of my favorite tracks. The Last Leaf is a stone groover. Larvae bleeds of harmony and sorrow. Skywards is unabashed bluesy. Alone Together feels so profound that I can’t do it […]

Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts

Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts Release date: 2019Oct25 Label: Southern Lord Rating: 4.5/5 It’s best close your eyes and perhaps pack a bowl before diving into this journey. Frost covers an aural landscape of warm, lush instrumentation. Kingdoms emphasizes soft dulcet-like notes that ripple forth. Ampliphaedies burrows deep into the soul, inspiring feelings of sorrow. Ascension completes […]

Child Bite- Blow Off The Omens

Child Bite– Blow Off The Omens Release date: 2019Nov22 Label: Housecore Rating: 4/5 Long awaited fifth release from Child Bite and the first that I’ve listened to (I’m pathetic). Mock Ecstasy roars out the gate with fast, dirty guitar. Vexed Life catches my attention with a touch of dry desert licks. They All Look Away […]

Cortege- Capricorn

  Cortege– Capricorn Release date: 2019Sep27 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Cortege is a duo from Austin, TX with a strong focus on atmospheric, instrumental drone-doom. Each track is unique, building upon the last. Aurora ripples gently against the shore, whistling and flourishing. The Watch gurgles to life with somber strums and sorrowful noise. Occultation rumbles softly. Capricorn expresses […]

Void King- Barren Dominion

Void King– Barren Dominion Release date: 2019Sep13 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Void King return with their second full-length release. A Lucid Omega thunders to life, a thick slab of foreboding doom. Leftover Savages has impeccable, precise drums with a touch of psychedelia. Burnt At Both Ends plods to somber vocals. Of Whip And Steed is […]

Pinewalker-Migration

Pinewalker– Migration Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Self-released Rating: 3.5/5 This is the first time I’ve heard of Pinewalker, who hail from Utah. Sentinel intensifies with ba-da-dum drums, evil bass hooks. Burning Earth is somewhat like dirty thrash meets muddled bass. Maelstrom adds a touch of melody that gives way to thunderous sticks, while Space Witch takes an onerous approach. The Thaw […]

Pale Grey Lore- Eschatology

Pale Grey Lore– Eschatology Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Small Stone Rating: 4/5 Pale Grey Lore hail from TX. Sunken Cities is a hella sweet desert-tinged rocker. Before the Fall plods with filthy drum licks. Regicide evokes Cathedral at the start, giving way to another slow burner. Waiting for the Dawn, joint in mouth, coffee at my side. That kind […]

Orodruin- Ruins of Eternity

Orodruin– Ruins of Eternity Release date: 2019Oct25 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4.5/5 Orodruin (or Mount Doom) is a volcano located in Mordor. Forsaken plods to foreboding riffs set to a slight wail. Man of Peace softens the tone with a light touch of blues. Grave  Illusion evokes themes of grieving and despair with delicate harmonies. War […]

Ogre- Thrice As Strong

Ogre– Thrice As Strong Release date: 2019Oct25 Label- Cruz del Sur Rating: 5/5 Rejoice, for Ogre have returned. The Future is an epic doom rocker from start to finish. Hive Mind channels Deep Purple with a touch of blues. Big Man is smoky smooth  with a touch of punk drums. Judgement Day wags a sonic middle finger with merciless […]

Wykan- Brigid- Of The Night

Wykan– Brigid- Of The Night Release date: 2019Jun07 Label: Self-released Rating: 3.5/5 Wykan hail from Montreal, QC with their newest release. Imbolc (The Cleansing) is full of soft vocals set to foreboding drums, breaking into an epic bass dirge. Breo Saighead drips of hazy doom, thunderous riffs following. Rei-Luil Bride eschews the softness with pounding heaviness. I […]

Elektric Mistress- S/T

Elektric Mistress– S/T Release date: 2019Jul19 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Elektric Mistress roared out of Halifax, Nova Scotia to bring you this excellent EP. Turn to Grey comes to life, soft spoken vocals, descending into hazy, sunburnt guitar. Cuba Time chugs sludge with reckless abandon.Meeting of the Minds is full of enough riffs and hooks to […]

Mourn the Light/Oxblood Forge- Death Is Lurking

Mourn the Light/Oxblood Forge Death Is Lurking Split EP Release date: 2019Sep13 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Mourn the Light hail from Norwich, CT. Lost All Control lurks in the darkness with tortured vocals set to sludgy riffs. Drags Me Down plods through the swamp. Bewitched is an excellent cover of the Candlemass track at a slower pace. Oxblood Forge hail […]

Haze Mage- Chronicles

Haze Mage– Chronicles Grimoire Recordings 2019Apr19 4/5 Haze Mage hail from Maryland, playing stoner doom with cannabis and fantasy themes. Title track sparks the mind with slow, hazy licks ala Monster Magnet. Storm Blade charges furiously, blistering drumwork. Bong Witch tempts with sultry, stripped-down riffs. Priest of Azatoth opens with foreboding vocals cut with precise beats. […]