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Doom ‘Consumed To Death’ Benefit EP DD 2015

5th October 2015 at 6:57 pm

Doom

In normal circumstances a review should focus on the actual record, but this new release by crust legends Doom demands a different approach. Though it’s a joyous thing to get a new Doom recording, the first since 2013, the reason this is out now…
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MAKE ‘The Golden Veil’ LP/DD 2015

10th September 2015 at 8:07 pm

MAKE

Anyone familiar with Chapel Hill, NC’s ‘surface scene’ is probably aware of its longstanding history of American conservatism gift wrapped with Southern ‘charm’ and ‘old money’; despite this pervasive vibe, pockets of rebellion exist – music venues like the Local 506 and Cat’s Cradle,…
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Stranger Country – S/T – DD 2015

17th July 2015 at 7:00 pm

Stranger Country - S/T

I like the way Stranger Country’s new release starts out; nice, gentle and mellow. Upon first playing this album, I had to keep telling myself that I had in reality, selected the eponymous release and pressed play. A slow methodic drumbeat gradually becomes noticeable…
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Venus Sleeps ‘Dead Sun Worship’ CD/DD 2015

9th July 2015 at 6:39 pm

Venus Sleeps

Out of a high pitched, slightly anguished sounding squeal (of the guitar?), one by one the instruments all join in to align and form Dead Sun Whorship, the debut release by Venus Sleeps. Once they do come together though, man, what we got is…
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Groan ‘Highrospliffics’ DD 2015

14th June 2015 at 2:02 pm

Groan

Groan’s new stoned out release Highrospliffics harkens to a kind punkish, anthem-calling, but metal, pre-genre label mess. I say it’s a mess in a good way, though. I saw, or heard, this as a call back to the old, early 80s UK metal. At…
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Undersmile ‘Anhedonia’ CD/LP/DD 2015

15th May 2015 at 6:46 pm

Undersmile 'Anhedonia'

Undersmile are one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the doom scene. Having bulldozed everyone with their stunning debut, Narwhal, the band are now unleashing their 70+ minute opus Anhedonia, to an eager public. Anhedonia is proving to be a much more experimental force…
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Shepherd ‘Stereolithic Riffalocalypse’ CD/LP/DD 2015

7th May 2015 at 6:51 pm

Shepherd

If you live in somewhere like London, Berlin, New York or California, it’s pretty damn easy to be in a band. Just roll out of bed right into one of the hundreds of vintage gear stores on the Hippy District and pick up a…
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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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BongCauldron ‘Acid Cattle’ CDEP/DD 2015

5th April 2015 at 9:48 am

BongCauldron

I know, I know. We’re certainly reaching critical mass when it comes to the legions of Bong-bands out there. We’ve already got the ‘Zilla, the ‘Ripper, Belze, the Skeleton and the margarita of all Bong-bands… errr, Bong. But don’t let all of this put…
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Spider Kitten ‘Toker’ DD 2015

4th April 2015 at 7:59 am

Spider Kitten

After signing to Undergroove last year Spider Kitten were supposedly set on recording a concept album. However, before they stepped into the studio in anger to record it, they entered a productive jam session from which was born the mesmerising three track Behold Mountain……
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