Tag Archives: Doom

Khemmis – Hunted (20 Buck Spin)

“It sates itself on the life-blood of fated men, paints red the powers’ homes with crimson gore. Black become the sun’s beams in the summers that follow…” — Snorri Sturluson, Völuspá, The Poetic Edda, ca. 1220 If someone were to … Continue reading

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Bent, Melted & Rusted Metal: Anciients, 40 Watt Sun, The Well

Over a decade after metal’s resurgence, it seems to be stronger than ever, thanks to loyal followers of it’s many diverse mutations, resisting the patterns of other popular music to fall out of fashion. Sure, metal continues to ebb and … Continue reading

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Magic Circle – Journey Blind (20 Buck Spin)

It’s hard to believe that in just two weeks, year-end album lists will start rolling out. Anyone who covers hard rock and metal who’s working on their list now better have listened to Magic Circle’s second album, which isn’t officially … Continue reading

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Geezerpalooza: Pentagram, Motörhead & Slayer

It’s been a productive few weeks for long-in-the-tooth metal bands. Iron Maiden, who has been a band for 40 years, released their 17th album last Friday to pretty feverish acclaim (see my review).  Motörhead, who also formed in 1975, has … Continue reading

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Demon Eye – Tempora Infernalia (Soulseller)

With the average time span between album releases being somewhere between three and four years these days, it’s kind of thrilling when a favorite new band follows up their debut with another album in just a year. You’d think it … Continue reading

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Doom Clap: Apostle of Solitude & The Skull

No, this isn’t a about a new strain of venereal disease, nor a showdown of doom covers of “Boom Clap” (Charlie XCX would do well to cover a classic doom song though). It is, however, at least the fifth time … Continue reading

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Doom Colossi – Electric Wizard & Witch Mountain

It’s often assumed that doom metal is merely a retro genre that refers exclusively back to the 70s and 80s. But there’s another possible story. Doom didn’t even really exist in the 70s. Sure, Black Sabbath has a handful of … Continue reading

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Doom Tectonics: Earth & YOB

Earth – Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord) Earth and YOB are two bands that I’ve admired for years. Earth’s flawed but groundbreaking Extra-Capsular Extraction (Sub Pop, 1991) influenced drone-doom just as much as Slint and My Bloody Valentine influenced other … Continue reading

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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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Castle – Under Siege (Prosthetic Records)

Castle – Under Siege (Prosthetic Records) 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 … Continue reading

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