Author Archives: bbarratt

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. […]

Cardinal’s Folly/Lucifer’s Fall- Split

Cardinal’s Folly/Lucifer’s Fall- Split Release date: 2019Mar22 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4/5 I never would have expected to see a release like this with 3 tracks from Cardinal’s Folly (Finland) and 2 tracks from Lucifer’s Fall (Australia). Walvater! Proclaimed plods to thundering, foreboding riffs. Spiritual North is crushing, merciless doom. Sworn Through Odin & Satan’s […]

Getaway Van- S/T

Getaway Van– S/T Release date: 2019Feb23 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Intro mainlines mud, grungy vox. Comin’ Back fires on all cylinders, stoner haze. Follow Me romps through the desert, bluesy riffs. Ugh pulls it back into self-loathing gen x mush. Blacktop Mistress hits you hard, dagger licks dripping with swagger. So Long takes one to […]

TROLL- Legend Master

TROLL– Legend Master Release date: 2019Apr12 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 5/5 I’m delighted to see a new slab from TROLL! The Flight of the Dragonship plots a course of smokey, trippy riffage. Legend Master Book I:Proverbs of Hell cuts to the core, dire dystopic noise. Legend Master Book II: Three Evil Words slows to a […]

Seer- Vol.6

Seer– Vol.6 Release date: 2019Feb09 Label: Artofact Rating: 4/5 Newest release from Vancouver’s Seer. Oath of Exile whispers, cascading into dark, piercing bass. Iron Worth Striking indeed, thundering through the snow. Seven Stars, Seven Stones, upon a throne one sat, surrounded with raucous riffs. Frost Tulpa plods softly. As The Light Fades, the darkness surrounds. […]

Gatekeeper- Grey Maiden

Gatekeeper– Grey Maiden Release date: 2019Feb22 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4/5 Gatekeeper currently hail from Vancouver, BC. Grey Maiden seems inspired by classic heavy metal, a burner all the way. Tale of Twins has a load of thunderous hooks. Moss is sorrowful, soft strums and echoing bass.  Richard III builds upon that theme, tuned further down at the start, breaking […]

Blood of the Sun- Blood’s Thicker Than Water

Blood of the Sun– Blood’s Thicker Than Water Release date: 2018Oct19 Label: Listenable Rating: 4.5/5 Keep The Lemmys Comin’ kicks out the thundering riffs with desert swagger. My Time scorches the slick pavement in a cocksure manner. Livin’ For The Night, blunt in mouth, girl on your arm, tearin’ up the town. Air Rises As […]

High on Fire- Electric Messiah

High on Fire– Electric Messiah Release date: 2018Oct05 Label: Entertainment One Rating: 4/5 It was a busy 2018 for Matt Pike, with new releases from Sleep and High on Fire. Spewn From The Earth roars forth with thundering drums. Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil is full of sinister earth-shattering bass licks. Electric Messiah wrecks the soul with rapid fire […]

Sundrifter- Visitations

Sundrifter- Visitations Release date: 2018Oct19 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3/5 Sundrifter hail from Boston, Mass. Sons of Belial spaces out with thunderous drums. Death March plods angrily. Til You Come Down, with dirty, cosmic bass licks. Feels repetitive. Sky Peoples Son builds intensity with burnout riffage. Fire In The Sky and I Want To Leave […]

Witchthroat Serpent- Swallow the Venom

Witchthroat Serpent– Swallow The Venom Release date: 2018Nov23 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4/5 Witchthroat Serpent hail from Toulouse, France. Feu sacré sears the soul. Lucifer’s Fire rages, bleaker than fuck. Pauper’s Grave plods eerily in unison. The Might of the Unfall is fierce with thunderous riffs. Scorpent Serpion is infectious, thumping the eardrums. Red Eye […]

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats- Wasteland

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats– Wasteland Release date: 2018Oct16 Label: Rise Above Records Rating: 5/5 Uncle Acid return to torment ears and minds. I See Through You with urgent, dystopic beats. Shockwave City, an earth-shattering ride through a sea of trash and vermin. Blood Runner moves to pulsating drumbeats.  There’s No Return from hazy, eerie riffs. […]

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 […]