Category Archives: Reviews

Double Dose of Doom: Pallbearer & Cardinals Folly

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore, 2014) When I saw Pallbearer live after releasing their debut album Sorrow and Extinction (2012), it was clear that they take their doom seriously. With such somber subject matter, some might wonder how … Continue reading

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The New Christs – Incantations (Impedance, 2014) & Hits – Hikikomori (Conquest Of Noise, 2014)

Someone coming across The New Christs’ latest album Incantations in the top ten for the year in the post-punk and garage rock charts at Rate Your Music could easily believe they’re a relatively new band. The sound isn’t exactly brand new, but the … Continue reading

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New Albums of the Week

Summer is usually a slow time for new releases, but the first week of August has turned out to be full of great ones. Blues Pills’ debut of course is already strong contender for my year-end top 13.  Read full … Continue reading

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Blues Pills – Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast, 2014)

While Blues Pills is a brand new name for many, their debut full-length has felt like a long time coming, given that they turned some heads just six months after forming by releasing the Bliss EP (2012). They sounded fully … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer Rundown + Extra Blues, Prog & Metal

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise) After the first week, Mastodon entered the Billboard Album Chart at #6. That’s a pretty great placing for a metal album, even though some think it somehow means metal is in decline … Continue reading

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Doom Goes Boom in June

I would normally associate doom metal with later in the year, like November, when everything is dying. But with summer festivals and early summer release schedules, the time to doom out really gets going in June. Last year, of course, … Continue reading

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Days of the Doomed Fest IV

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice by ducking in from the 15.25 hours of daylight in a Wisconsin metal bar and doom out to up to a dozen bands (22 if you also went Friday).  I was unable … Continue reading

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Wo Fat – The Conjuring (Small Stone, 2014)

Since the enthusiastic reception at last year’s Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Netherlands and Desertfest, London, and their recent high profile slot at the Freak Valley festival in Netphen, Germany, one might assume Wo Fat is a European band. It’s understandable, as … Continue reading

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Castle – Under Siege (Prosthetic Records, 2014)

Castle’s anticipated third album sounds deceptively simple at first listen. Some might embrace or dismiss it as old school/retro “vest metal,” but once you’re sucked in (and you will be if you have any taste in decent metal), you’ll hear … Continue reading

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My Week in Rock: Live Shows Recap

Man, talk about famine to feast. The magnificent Truckfighters just capped off a string of five shows in five nights, leaving me spent but aglow. After a long harsh winter where I hardly made it to any live shows at … Continue reading

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