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Beastmaker ‘Lusus Naturae’ CD/LP/DD 2016

26th April 2016 at 6:05 pm

Beastmaker

The Sabbath tree of life extends its familiar branches yet again, and somehow our undying love for the arguable originators of doom allows our ears to perk at the slight chance that a new band might just crack the code without cloning the blueprint…
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Blood Ceremony ‘Lord Of Misrule’ CD/LP/DD 2016

22nd April 2016 at 6:39 pm

Blood Ceremony

Canadian Folk Horror Doomers Blood Ceremony return with their fourth studio album Lord Of Misrule. The linear notes explain the origins of the title: “In a tradition that dates back to Late Antiquity, the Lord Of Misrule or “Abbot Of Unreason” was the doomed…
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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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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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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell ‘Isobelle’ 7” 2016

14th February 2016 at 2:00 pm

Admiral Sir Cloudeseley Shovell

It’s impossible not to love Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. It doesn’t matter that these two tracks sound like a lost recording of some obscure 1973 band who played 15 gigs before breaking up, getting jobs never to be heard of again. It doesn’t matter…
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Horisont ‘Odyssey’ CD/LP/DD 2015

3rd October 2015 at 6:35 pm

Horisont

Since the release of their explosive debut Två Sidor Av Horisonten, Sweden’s Horisont have been a special band. Their unique take on hard rock has so much emotional depth and clever musicianship that it gives the same type of euphoric feeling as putting Steppenwolf…
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With The Dead – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2015

29th September 2015 at 7:02 pm

With The Dead - S/T

Dorrian. Bagshaw. Greening. There’s an aura to it when you just put those three names side by side. There’s a certain viscosity, a sense of imposed abandonment, a quaking sense of dread, an air of anticipation and an ease of relation to their collective…
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Cathedral ‘In Memoriam’ CD/DVD/LP Reissue 2015

14th September 2015 at 6:35 pm

Cathedral

To properly appreciate this reissue of doom legends Cathedral’s In Memoriam demo, it’s important to put this release into some sort of context first. In 1990, when this collection of songs was first recorded, doom metal was about as underground as it got. It…
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News

Lee Dorrian To Curate Roadburn 2016 With His ‘Rituals For The Blind Dead’ Parts 1 & 2

6th August 2015 at 7:35 pm

Roadburn Festival 2016 - Lee Dorrian

Roadburn Festival is incredibly proud to announce that the 2016 curator will be musician, label owner, and sonic pioneer, Lee Dorrian. Having headlined the first Roadburn Festival in 1999 with Cathedral, and celebrated Rise Above Records‘ 20th anniversary at Roadburn in 2008, not to…
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