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Church Of Misery ‘And Then There Were None…’ CD/LP/DD 2016

29th February 2016 at 6:40 pm

Church Of Misery

For the past two decades Tokyo’s Church Of Misery have melded classic Black Sabbath influenced doom with psychedelic rock under the stern guidance of bassist and founding member Tatsu Mikami. Over this time, the band has produced five full length albums and numerous split…
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Slabdragger ‘Rise Of The Dawncrusher’ CD/LP/DD 2016

28th February 2016 at 12:17 pm

Slabdragger

It’s been five long years since the release of London trio Slabdragger’s debut Regress. Aside from a split with Meadows, we’ve not heard anything from them in terms of records, however, they are one of the few underground acts that still manage to draw…
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Beastmaker ‘You Must Sin’ 7″ 2016

28th February 2016 at 12:10 pm

Beastmaker

Everyone loves a cheeky seven incher or two, right? We know our favourite vinyl-junkie friends at Rise Above certainly do, especially when there’s a brand new, yet sepia photo-ed, amp-cackling, groove-riding band to go with it and in Fresno, California’s Beastmaker, they’ve found just…
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Taarkus ‘Stones’ 7″ 2016

28th February 2016 at 12:03 pm

Taarkus

Here we have Taarkus… from Los Angeles, California. A relatively new band cited as a doom metal outfit with addition instruments and their own style. Well the first chord that struck with me was the name of this 7” and its artwork. The cover…
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Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind ‘Råångest’ 12”/DD 2016

28th February 2016 at 11:58 am

Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind

Råångest opens with Cult Of Luna’s cover of seminal 1980s proto-thrash metal band Amebix’s Last Will And Testament. Cult Of Luna’s guitarist and primary songwriter Johannes Persson remarks that “To cover a song without bringing your own soul into it is completely useless in…
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Elevators To The Grateful Sky ‘Cape Yawn’ LP/DD 2016

21st February 2016 at 1:55 pm

Elevators To The Grateful Sky

Sometimes you have to recalibrate your listening curve and abandon all expectations when a record like Elevators To The Grateful Sky’s (ETTGS) Cape Yawn comes around – the Palermo, Sicily quartet (Sandro-vox, Giorgio-guitars/bass, Peppe-guitars, and Giulio-drums/percussion) have prided themselves on the fusion of diverse…
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The Skull – S/T – EP CD 2016

18th February 2016 at 6:59 pm

The Skull - S/T - EP

Bands that split themselves into two factions can either be a blessing or a curse. Several different examples of this exist and American Doom legends Trouble are, for better or worse, one of them. Whilst one half of the band have kept their infamous…
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Brimstone Coven ‘Black Magic’ CD/LP/DD 2016

16th February 2016 at 7:01 pm

Brimstone Coven

Brimstone Coven are the essence of 70s doom. When doom wasn’t quite a thing, it was more occult rock shot through with a smoky, sepulchral haze. West Virginian sons, and only together for four short years, Brimstone Coven bring forth that hazy 60s and…
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LowFlyingHawks ‘Kofuku’ CD/LP/DD 2016

15th February 2016 at 6:55 pm

LowFlyingHawks

The underground can be a lonely and difficult place to be if nobody knows who you are. Especially if you’d finished recording an album’s worth of material to release into the wider world, but you have no audience to release it to. For reasons…
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Lycus ‘Chasms’ CD/LP/DD 2016

4th February 2016 at 7:04 pm

Lycus

Chasms is the new album from Lycus and it is as deep and as dark as it sounds! This beautifully depressing piece of art was created by a four piece doom collective from Oakland, California. Clocking in at around forty-five minutes, Chasms certainly holds…
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