Tag Archives: doom metal

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Witch Mountain- Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain– Witch Mountain Release date: 2018May25 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Witch Mountain return with a new vocalist (Kayla Dixon) and bass guitarist (Justin Brown). Midnight strikes with precise bluesy riffs. Mechanical World evokes an ominous dystopian landscape, blasted to pieces. “Burn You Down!“ they chant, as the villagers charge to a thunderous bass. Hellfire singes the […]

Empress- Reminiscence

Empress– Reminiscence Release date: 2018Feb12 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Empess are comprised of members of Seer and Craters, inspired by obscure (to me) doom group Elder. The Offering is a wall of sound unto itself, raw and visceral. Immer projects eeriness flowing into thick bass hits. Baptizer is fucking killer, starting off with dank bass echo giving way to dirty […]

TROLL- S/T

TROLL–S/T Release date: 2018Mar16 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4.5/5 Self-titled debut from Portland Oregon’s TROLL that reads like folklore. The Summoning/Troll brings a troll forth through the swamp, dredged by swampy hooks. Melodic sludge comes to mind on The Witch, leading into the muddy stomp of An Eternal Haunting. Infinite Death storms the gate with epic blues-tinged riffs, showcasing […]

Black Sabbath- The End: Live in Birmingham

Black Sabbath– The End: Live in Birmingham Release date: 2017Nov17 Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Rating: 4/5 Recorded on February 4, 2017, this is the final live album from Black Sabbath and possibly their last release ever. It’s fitting that it was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Honestly, every single track is amazing as it is […]

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Electric Wizard– Wizard Bloody Wizard Release date: 2017Nov11 Label: Rise Above Rating: 4/5 Electric Wizard return with their first new release since 2012’s Legalize Drugs & Murder EP. See You In Hell plods with foreboding vocals peppered with  sinister bass. Necromania is an up-tempo ode to fornicating with the deceased. How else to describe it? Hear The Sirens Scream […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pentagram – Curious Volume

Pentagram– Curious Volume Release date: 2015Aug28 Label: Peaceville Rating:5/5 Life tends to foist surprises unto you with little warning, such as a new Pentagram release! “Lay Down and Die” wags its’ finger at you, taunting you with fast  licks. “The Tempter Push” is a 60’s blues-tinged trip  with commanding drums. “Earth Flight” is a distorted psychedelic […]

Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere

Acid King– Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere Release date: 2015Apr18 Label: Svart Records Rating: 3.5/5 Acid King was formed in 1993 in San Francisco, CA. Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere is their first release since 2005’s III. “Intro” plods along with smokey hooks and flourishes. A primer for what’s to come. “Silent Pictures” delves […]