Author Archives: bbarratt

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. […]

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. […]