Category Metal

Medusa1975- Rising From The Ashes

Medusa1975– Rising From The Ashes Release date: 2017Apr21 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Medusa1975 represents the evolution of Medusa, an obscure proto-metal group out of Colorado formed in the 1970s. Armageddon opens with somber notes, picking up in the middle with a punishing bass/guitar attack. Rage On is a lazy afternoon stoner jam. Indeed, man. Fall […]

The Obsessed- Sacred

The Obsessed– Sacred Release date: 2017Apr07 Label: Relapse Rating: 4/5 Formed by Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus),  The Obsessed return with their first record since 1994’s The Church Within. Punk Crusher and Haywire serve up punk-ish doom rock. Stranger Things is a  melodic romp through the desert. Razor Wire sounds a lot like a certain […]

Ymir’s Blood- Ymir’s Blood

Ymir’s Blood– Ymir’s Blood Release date: 2017Mar01 Label: Archaic Sound Rating: 3.5/5 I may have overstated my fondness for this release. Unleasher: Beerbarian is full of thick, crushing sludge with an old-school feel. 1589 impresses with medieval doom riffs and a pounding bass line. Origin of Iron hurtles at an epic pace with catchy bass licks. Immigrant Song is a decent cover of the Led […]

Unearthly Trance- Stalking the Ghost

Unearthly Trance– Stalking The Ghost Release date: 2017Feb24 Label: Relapse Rating: 5/5 Two words come to mind: night terrors. Into The Spiral dominates, acidic drumbeats, searing every inch of your being. Dream State Arsenal like a hellwolf, plodding with cavernous bass, encrusted drums. Famine drones into existence with lethargic licks. Lion Strength conjures thoughts of Saint Vitus, […]

Spagegoat- Superstition

Spacegoat– Superstition Release date: 2016Dec15 Label: Self-released Rating: 4.5/5 Monterrey, Mexico’s Spacegoat return with a new full-length. Their debut EP was a top pick of mine. “Doomensional” sets the mood with psychedelic doom riffage. “Transmuta” is a mid-paced bluesy stomper. “Superstition” is a favorite with its’ trance-y licks mated to somber vocals. There’s a strong Black Sabbath […]

Dawnbringer- XX

Dawnbringer– XX Release date: 2016Dec23 Label: Ektro Rating: 3.5/5 Dawnbringer recently split-up, which is a disappointment as I was a fan of Into The Lair of the Sun God and have yet to listen to the follow-up to that. “Why Would You Leave Me” opens on  soft note, seguing “Into The Maze”, which offers dark, […]

Lo-Pan- In Tensions

Lo-Pan- In Tensions Release date: 2017Jan13 Label: Aqualamb Rating: 4.5/5 Lo-Pan return from Columbus, Ohio with this excellent EP.”Go West” is quick and dirty with light sludge licks. “Long Live the King” evokes early-QOTSA with infectious hooks. “Pathfinder” soars over the rest with soft melodies giving way to a sonic attack. I admit, it’s not […]

Luciferian Light Orchestra- Black EP

Luciferian Light Orchestra– Black EP Release date: 2016Dec09 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Fans of Therion might be familiar with vocalist Christofer Johnsson and his newest project, the Lucifierian Light Orchestra.  I was blown away the first time I heard this and it’s taken me a while to put my thoughts to a page. “Evil Masquerade” greets with dark, […]

Captain Crimson- Remind

Captain Crimson– Remind Release date: 2016Oct14 Label: Small Stone Rating: 4/5 This is not the first time that I’ve reviewed anything from Captain Crimson (2012’s Dancing Madly Backwards was excellent). Remind has a lot of offer, starting with “Bells from the Underground”, which rolls with dripping grunge-lite hooks and catchy tempos. “Love Street” is full of bluesy […]

Kremlin- Kremlin

Kremlin– Kremlin Release date: 2016Oct07 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4.5/5 Kremlin hail from Helsinki, Finland. “Ghost Flyers” greets the ears with an organic rock soundscape with strong ’70s psychedelic/hard rock influences. “Cruhn” is highly reminiscent of Pentagram. “Lizards” takes one on a memorable romp with bluesy guitar and rolling bass, similar to Deep Purple. “Lizards II” increases […]

Void King- There Is Nothing

Void King– There Is Nothing Release date: 2016Jun21 Label: self Rating: 3.5/5 Void King hail from Indianapolis, IN with a blend of riff-heavy metal. Skull Junkie rips with dirty blues licks set against abrasive vocals. Brandy Knew changes it up with punk guitar/bass, flowing into filthy drums. Canyon Hammer rains down fire and brimstone. It’s […]

Howling Giant- Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 EP

Howling Giant– Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 EP Release date: 2016Aug12 Label: self Rating: 3/5 Prepare for lift-off Mothership descends with punishing guitar and surefire vocals. Exodus-Earth makes reference to H.G Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Dirtmouth whistles and pops, giving way to frantic drumming and chaotic vocals. Clouds of Smoke part to […]

Valient Thorr-Old Salt

Valient Thorr– Old Salt Release date: 2016Jul29 Label: Napalm Rating: 5/5 Valient Thorr hail from Chapel Hill, NC. Mirakuru hits the ground running, spewing forth infectious thrash licks (radio edit available). Lil’ Knife stabs gently with a touch of blues. Cut and Run rocks your eardrums with an epic bass imprint. No Count Blues sounds like […]

The Wounded Kings- Visions of Bone

The Wounded Kings– Visions of Bone Release date: 2016Aug26 Label: Candlelight Rating: 2.5/5 The Wounded Kings announced shortly before the release of this album that they would be disbanding. Beast is comprised of soul-crushing doom with a harmonious pause. Kingdom plods through the field, taunting the ears with wrenching hooks. Vanishing Sea mercifully finishes with […]

Cardinals Folly- Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom

Cardinals Folly– Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom Release date: 2016Jun03 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 Cardinals Folly return with a follow-up to Our Cult Continues!. Goats on the Left, sheep on the right, damning uptempo licks all around. Her Twins of Evil entice with harmony, scold with demonic drumbeats. Vaporous bass licks and ghoulish drums […]

Bloody Hammers- Lovely Sort of Death

Bloody Hammers– Lovely Sort of Death Release date: 2016Aug05 Label: Napalm Rating: 4/5 Think synth-doom. Lights Come Alive with scratches and pops, accompanied by a foreboding voice. The Reaper Comes, wielding a scepter of droning synth melded to soft drumbeats. Infinite Gaze to the Sun stomps with tasty, sludgy licks. Stoke The Fire and Catastrophe […]

Castle- Welcome to the Graveyard

Castle– Welcome to the Graveyard Release date: 2016Jul15 Label: Van Records Rating: 4.5/5 Castle is doom as fuck. Black Widow snags the ears with blitzkrieg drums against urgent vocals. Hammer and the Cross plods along with a fuck-all guitar/bass attack. Veil of Death is set to melancholic vocals, giving way to upbeat licks. A quick Flash […]

Candlemass- Death Thy Lover EP

Candlemass– Death Thy Lover Release date: 2016Jun03 Label: Napalm Rating: 4.5/5 Candlemass‘s first  release since the departure of Robert Lowe and return of Mats Leven. Death Thy Lover starts with a soft wail, echoing louder, melding with thunderous drums and epic bass. Thy Sleeping Giant plods along, guided by tortured vocals. Sinister & Sweet is kind-of similar […]

Pallbearer- Fear and Fury EP

Pallbearer– Fear and Fury EP Release date: 2016Aug10 Label: Profound Lore Rating: 4.5/5 Pallbearer return with a remastered version of the title track and two covers, one of Black Sabbath and the other being Type O Negative. Fear and Fury defines them with a crisp, melancholy vibe. Over & Over is softer, thicker than the […]

Dopethrone/Fister Split

Dopethrone/Fister– Split EP Riff Dealer Release date: 2016May11 Rating: 4/5 Dopethrone hail from Montreal, QC with fuzzed out sludge. Fister hail from St.Louis, Missouri. “Host”(Dopethrone) comes at you dripping with bleak sludge. It could have been recorded a decade or two earlier. “The Failure” (Fister) sounds (and probably tastes) like what blackened doom would be. […]

Church of Misery- And Then There Were None…

Church of Misery– And Then There Were None… Rise Above Records Release date: 2016Mar01 Rating: 4/5 Church of Misery return with a completely different lineup (Tatsu Mikami the only remaining original member). “The Hell Benders”(The Bender Family) plods with dark, bluesy guitars, echoing their classic sound. I’d hate to run into a family like that. “Make Them […]

Cauchemar- Chapelle Ardente

Cauchemar– Chapelle Ardente Nuclear War Now! (NWN) Release date: 2016June05 Rating: 5/5 Cauchemar hail from Montreal, QC with an intoxicating blend of heavy/doom metal. “Nécromancie” tolls with damning riffs. “Sepolta viva” is merciless with its’ thunderous layers.Words cannot adequately describe “Funérailles célestes”, in which the melancholic vocals of Annick Giroux fully compliment the prowess of Francois Patry […]

La Chinga- Freewheelin’

La Chinga– Freewheelin’ Small Stone Release date: 20160325 Rating: First of all, love the artwork (from artist Jason Cruz) as it fits the musical style very well and is highly reminiscent of the stoner hard rock bands of the 1990s-early 2000s. “Gone Gypsy” gets you into the groove with dirty licks. “White Witchy Black Magic” […]

Boudain- Way of the Hoof

Boudain– Way of the Hoof Self-released Release date: 20160420 Rating: 3.5/5 Boudain hail out of Monroe, LA with their blend of stoner groove and doom metal. “Sleazy Feats” indeed with tons of hooks. “Neptune” a great road-trippin’ tune. I’m getting higher listening to “3Man” with the layered grooves and psychedelic riffage. “Disco Jimmy” blows desert […]

Orchid- Sign of the Witch

Orchid– Sign of the Witch Release date: 2015Jul18 Label: Nuclear Blast Rating: 3.5/5 Orchid‘s Mouths of Madness blew my mind. This EP is more than enough to tide one over until their next full-length. “Helicopters” is nothing but fuzz and snare. Trippy. “John The Tiger” and “Sign of the Witch” kneel at the altar of […]