Author Archives: bbarratt

Famyne- II: The Ground Below

Famyne– II: The Ground BelowRelease date: 2022May13Label: SvartRating: 4/5 Famyne hail from Canterbury, Kent, England. This is the first time I’ve heard of them. Solid Earth crushes it with head-banging riffage, ala Black Sabbath. Opening of Gone is very familiar and the atmosphere is soft and melodic. Other tracks that stood out were Once More […]

Ghost- Impera

Ghost– ImperaRelease date: 2022March11Label: Concord/Loma VistaRating: 4/5 Ghost return with their long-awaited (at least by me) follow up to Prequelle. The track Imperium opens things on a soft note. Kaisarion moves with a punk-like feel in spots. Lyrics of Call Me Little Sunshine beckon one to embrace the morning star. Hunter’s Moon conveys the thoughts […]

Thūn- II

Thūn– IIRelease date: 2022Jul01Label: Eat Lead and DieRating: 4/5 Thūn is a collective featuring Jon Higgs and Hugo Wilkinson (MONSTERWORKS), James Knoerl (GARGOYL) and guest guitarist Karl Sanders (NILE). Their sound has been described as epic death metal. Where All Truths Lie delivers with a raw, sustained attack. Look to the Sea has an obvious […]

STÖNER- totally…

STÖNER– totally…Release date: 2022May06Label: Heavy Psych SoundsRating: 5/5 I fucking love STÖNER. This is their follow up to “Stoners Rule“(June 2021). If you’re familiar with Brant Bjork (Kyuss; Fu Manchu) and/or Nick Oliveri (Kyuss; Queens of the Stone Age), you can’t miss this one. Party March thunders out the gate to get ya in the […]

Cauchemar- Rosa Mystica

Cauchemar– Rosa MysticaRelease date: 2022May16Label: Temple of MysteryRating: 5/5 Cauchemar hail from Montreal, Quebec. I reviewed their last release from 2016, Chapele Ardente and it blew me out of the water at the time. They’ve only gotten a hell lot better since. Rosa Mystica was recorded at No Man’s Land studio in Gatineau, QC. Jour […]

Fulanno- Nadie está a salvo del mal

Fulanno– Nadie está a salvo del mal (No one is safe from evil)Release date: 2022Feb18Label: Helter Skelter/Regain RecordsRating: 5/5 Latest release from Argentinian stoner-doom group Fulanno. Fuego en la Cruz plods along to ominous doom notes. Los Eligados thunders along with ominous licks, reminiscent of Uncle Acid. After listening through, the tracks that made an […]

Demonio- Electric Voodoo

Demonio– Electric VoodooRelease date: 2021Dec18Label: self-releasedRating: 4/5 Demonio hail from Italy and their sound has been described as psychedelic doom. From the Grave is chock full of distorted fuzz. Acid’s Dream is sonically similar to a certain Monster Magnet track, which I enjoy. Tracks that stood out were Evil Pleasures, Ritual of the Knife and […]

Crone Visions – Devour EP

Crone Visions– DevourRelease date- 2021Dec10Label: Seeing RedRating: 4/5 Crone Visions hail from New Hampshire and their sound has been described as “doomgaze” or doom crossed with shoegaze. Wilt is the kind of track that you want to nod your head to with each drumbeat. Seven of Swords is kind of melodic, with crashing drums. Sleeping […]

Monolord- Your Time To Shine

Monolord– Your Time To ShineRelease date- 2021Oct29Label: Relapse RecordsRating: 4.5/5 This is the latest album from Monolord, who hail from Sweden. I enjoyed their prior release, No Comfort so it was only fitting to give this a spin. The Weary thunders out of the gate with a discordant soundscape. Tracks that I enjoyed were I’ll […]

Stonemongers- Join the Trip!

Stonemongers– Join the Trip!Release date: 2021Jul07Label: Self-releasedRating: 4/5 Stonemongers hail from Russia and play music that reminds me personally of bands like Nebula and Fu Manchu. Fuck, we got on wrong planet struts with commanding riffs set against an avant-garde soundscape. It’s just all over the place but I love it. Cryogen takes you straight […]

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 […]