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Bismuth ‘Unavailing’ LP/CS/DD 2015

22nd December 2015 at 7:09 pm

Bismuth

Dry Cough Records, De Graanrepubliek Records, Box Records, Viral Age Records and Tartarus have all come together to make this release possible, which should give you some indication of how special it is. This is the Nottingham-based duo’s first full length record, with their…
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Traum ‘Erode’ DD 2014

5th May 2015 at 6:53 pm

Traum

Instrumental metal is hard to pull off. In theory, a celebration of huge riffs and thundering drums unsullied by someone roaring over the top is a great thing. However, it can end up backfiring, being tedious, and having you longing for a vocalist to…
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Witchrider ‘Unmountable Stairs’ CD/LP/DD 2014

21st April 2015 at 7:11 pm

Witchrider

Formed in 2012 and hailing from Austria, Witchrider clearly love bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Kyuss, and Black Sabbath, and what they offer us is that fuzzy, heavy rock that makes you want to bang your head like there’s no…
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Northumbia ‘Bring Down The Sky’ CD/DD 2014

5th April 2015 at 9:36 am

Northumbia

Northumbia are an ambient metal duo based in Toronto, Canada. Jim Field plays guitar, Dorian Williamson plays bass and between them (and two large, well-stocked pedal-boards) they create a wall of heaving, droning sound that for the most part doesn’t really sound like it’s…
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Corinth ‘Frontier’ DD 2014

22nd February 2015 at 1:37 pm

Corinth

Sludge Metal. You all know the deal. The Melvins laid it down, Acid Bath oiled it up, Bongzilla and Electric Wizard drugged it, Crowbar, EyeHateGod and Buzzov*en stoked its furnaces, Godflesh, Mistress and Scorn re-programmed it, Cavity smashed it, Raging Speedhorn and Iron Monkey…
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Odota ‘Fever Marshall’ DD 2014

22nd February 2015 at 1:31 pm

Odota

Jarmo Nuutre is a peculiar figure. A graphic designer, car fanatic, tattoo artist and a lover of all things sludge and heavy it seems. Under the name Odota he has created a peculiar sounding, sludge infused black metal record with the title Fever Marshall,…
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Kustodian ‘Methlehem Steel’ DD 2014

15th February 2015 at 12:06 pm

Kustodian

Back in 2012, The Sleeping Shaman discovered a dark spirit lurking below the streets of New York City. That spirit went by one name and one name only: Kustodian. This mysterious one-member studio project sought to re-imagine Godflesh’s late ‘80s template for mechanised brutality…
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Hate & Merda ‘L’Anno Dell’Odio’ LP/CS/DD 2014

15th February 2015 at 11:56 am

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Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every…
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Nelson P. Ferreira & Rui P. Andrade ‘Miklós’ DD 2014

15th February 2015 at 11:54 am

Nelson P. Ferreira & Rui P. Andrade

When I became a music writer for the Sleeping Shaman, my goal was to dig deeper into the underground scene and talk about awesome but unknown bands. I have been doing this for quite some time now, but I have never talked about a…
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The Body & Thou ‘You, Whom I Have Always Hated’ 12″/CD/DD 2015

8th February 2015 at 1:18 pm

The Body & Thou

Portland based sludgers The Body are certainly no strangers to mixing it up with other bands; in fact last year alone they went toe to toe with Haxan Cloak and Sandworm on split EPs before working with Louisiana’s own grimy purveyors of sloth like,…
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