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Unearthly Trance ‘Stalking The Ghost’ 2017

15th May 2017 at 6:42 pm

Unearthly Trance

I first heard Unearthly Trance on their 2009 split 10” with Swedish doomers Suma, but the New York trio have been around since 2000. The band officially called it a day in 2012, all three members – bassist Jay Newman, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky, and…
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Collapsian ‘At The Left Hand Of The Sun’ CD/DD 2014

8th August 2014 at 9:54 am

Collapsian

Collapsian hail from Phoenix Arizona and play a mean mixture of doom, sludge, black metal, psychedelic and progressive rock according to their bio. Honestly, I don’t hear much black metal or psychedelic/progressive rock in their music after listening to the opener Cold Hands. I…
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Lord Mantis ‘Death Mask’ CD/DD 2014

1st May 2014 at 12:10 pm

Lord Mantis

Lord Mantis’ new record, ‘Death Mask’, is a dark, violent and often unsettling ride through the human psyche. It is equal parts black metal and sludge, mixing both of those genres’ predilections for hatred and nihilism into a savage cocktail of nastiness. ‘Death Mask’…
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Rorcal ‘Világvége’ CD/LP/DD 2014

27th March 2014 at 10:48 am

Rorcal

‘Világvége’ is a word that signifies the end of the world and on this album Rorcal make a successful effort to bring it about with their music. Ominous, slow drums signal the beginning. Slowly a blackened soundscape unfolds, hissing noise washes over deep drones…
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Blackwitch Pudding ‘Taste The Pudding’ CD/LP/DD 2013

26th December 2013 at 11:53 am

Blackwitch Pudding

Thank God for Blackwitch Pudding. Somebody once told me you can tell a lot from a name. Naming your spawn ‘DuShayne’ will severely inhibit his chances of entering high society. However, why anyone would want to enter the world of sycophantic megalomaniacs, or vicariously…
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Lazarus Blackstar ‘Hymns For The Cursed’ CD 2012

10th September 2012 at 8:39 am

Lazarus Blackstar ‘Hymns For The Cursed’ CD 2012

Unwashed scum lords of post-anarcho Yorkshire Pennine misery (although one is from Brum and one is from Scouseville), the titanic Lazarus Blackstar are possibly the greatest unsung heroes of British doom. This is their third studio album, and first with vocalist Mikhell, who debuted…
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Botanist ‘III – Doom In Bloom/Allies’ 2xCD 2012

24th July 2012 at 8:19 am

Botanist

I’m always drawn to the rampant individualists in music, those brave souls who go out on a limb and plough their own furrow regardless of outside pressures or whether or not what they do is considered ‘cool’ by others. They’re in it simply in…
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Coffinworm ‘Great Bringer Of Night’ LP 2012

16th May 2012 at 10:04 am

Coffinworm

There are few bands that’ll take you to as vile a place as America’s sludge specialists Coffinworm. Formed back in 2007, it’s easy to imagine that their plan was simply to decimate the ears of doomsters by making the most threatening music possible. Their…
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Spire – Digital EP 2010 & ‘Metamorphosis’ Digital EP 2011

15th January 2012 at 9:36 am

Spire – Digital EP 2010 &

Spire – Digital EP 2010 Australia – land of beer, Sheilas and blokes in dodgy beachwear. Not the sort of place you imagine people could be pissed off enough to dredge out the sort of totally crestfallen black funeral doom that obscure newish brood…
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Abysmal Darkening ‘No Light Behind…’ CD 2011

21st July 2011 at 9:15 am

Abysmal Darkening

Loathe as I am to use the description, I really cannot think of a better example of ‘Blackened Doom’ than Abysmal Darkening. Rather than being a Black Metal band with slow bits, or a Doom Metal band with corpse-shrieking vocals, what Abysmal Darkening play…
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