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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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Hooded Menace ‘Darkness Drips Forth’ CD/LP/DD 2015

16th January 2016 at 2:36 pm

Hooded Menace

Hooded Menace are what people are talking about when they think of death/doom these days, even if they don’t know it. The Finnish masters of darkness have long been crafting a career from the sludgy, endless void of riffs, summoning Lovecraftian beasts to serve…
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Sandy Williamson Top 10 Albums Of 2015

2nd January 2016 at 11:54 am

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10. Coffins ‘Craving To Eternal Slumber’ One of the shortest releases on my list, but from one of my favourite Japanese bands, and one of my favourite death/doom bands period. Coffins drag their death metal from the sludgiest, darkest places and craft riffs from…
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Owl ‘Aeon Cult’ DD 2015

20th December 2015 at 1:59 pm

Owl

Aeon Cult is shorter than some of Owl’s previous songs, let alone releases! This EP is the third release in a year from Owl, following on from Into the Absolute and The Last Walk in 2014. It continues their progression through the weirder fringes…
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Kylesa ‘Exhausting Fire’ CD/LP/DD 2015

10th October 2015 at 1:26 pm

Kylesa

Kylesa are a band I’ve followed for many years, and they’ve been a difficult band to keep on top of. Typifying that Savannah sludge sound in their early days, they’d added all kinds of ingredients to the pot, from shimmering psychedelica to post rock…
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Windhand ‘Grief’s Infernal Flower’ CD/LP/DD 2015

2nd October 2015 at 6:56 pm

Windhand

Windhand have been responsible for two of modern doom’s finest records in the past few years; their bewitching debut and their megalithic Soma, which I still hold up high as THE best doom record by a new band in years. Their dense, Electric Wizard…
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Iron Void ‘Doomsday’ CD/DD 2015

18th September 2015 at 7:04 pm

Iron Void Doomsday

Doom is an extraordinary, multifaceted genre of metal. Here, musicians and heavy music alchemists have stretched and strained the genre’s basest elements into so many warped and ear destroying shapes that sometimes it becomes a struggle to keep up. From Sunn O)))’s punishing drones…
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Serial Hawk ‘Searching For Light’ CD/LP/DD 2015

6th September 2015 at 12:19 pm

Serial Hawk

Seattle doom newcomers Serial Hawk recently signed to Bleeding Light Records to release Searching for Light, their debut full length record. The three piece have developed quite the reputation for their devastating, wall of sound live shows and their swelling cascades of riffs are…
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Ancient Altar ‘Dead Earth’ LP/CS 2015

18th August 2015 at 7:22 pm

Ancient Altar

Dead Earth sees Los Angeles doom titans Ancient Altar return after last year’s eponymous debut, armed with more crushing riffs to steamroll those unlucky (or lucky) enough to be in their way. Creating a loose concept album about how humanity is slowly killing the…
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Pentagram ‘Curious Volume’ CD/LP/CS 2015

16th August 2015 at 1:15 pm

Pentagram

The name Pentagram is uttered in hushed, reverent tones around my house. Their signature is on the Declaration of Doom, and their heavy blues sound is all over the original blueprints. It’s difficult to try and take a new record by such icons objectively,…
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