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‘Optimist’ is the third full-length from Dutch six-piece, Gold. ‘Optimist’ seems like an ironic choice of album title, given that the opening track is called ‘You Too Must Die’. Haunting and ethereal, their stoic and deliberately paced gothic rock feels like a solemn yet beautiful march towards the grave.
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DOWNWARD FACING DOOM: THE ART OF DOOM YOGA
“Meditation is the practice of death” – not a million miles from doom metal then. But seriously what’s the link between doom metal and yoga? Can the two ever happily co-exist? It’s hard to imagine the likes of spindly old Bobby Liebling wrapping … Read More
Despite claiming Black Sabbath to be their main influence, it’s difficult to see any evidence of this within Laser Dracul’s sound when the Swedish trio’s debut EP first erupts forth from the speakers. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve put on an Uncle Acid record by accident. Opening track ‘Black … Read More
Let’s set the scene: you’re visiting a friend who has invited you over for dinner. You sit at a long dining room table, laden with delicious food and it all smells amazing. Nearest to you is a bowl of mashed potato, you take some, it’s really good. You go to … Read More
Finland’s “first doom band”, Spiritus Mortis have been around for almost three decades, yet ‘The Year Is One’ is only their fourth full-length album. That’s not to suggest the band have not been forthcoming with their output; their back catalogue encompasses a series of demos and splits that would make … Read More
‘Bronze’ is very much a marker in the very long road of Crippled Black Phoenix; Joe Valk and Karl Demata are long gone, as are the comparisons to Pink Floyd. Justin Greaves’ riffs have headed down a path of stoner groove. The sound of ‘Bronze’ is massive – not just … Read More
An idealised person or thing – ‘eidos’ – form. A spectre or phantom – eidōlon. Either one of these definitions is befitting of second album ‘Eidolon’ from Canadian duo Zaum. Their sound encompasses the enormity of the likes of Sleep and Om, yet works in a mysticism that’s haunting and ethereal. … Read More
With the inclusion of Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn) and Joe Barresi (Clutch, Kyuss) in the production process, ‘Only Ghosts’ promises great things before you’ve even pressed play. This album isn’t as instantaneously gripping as previous releases and Red Fang’s overall dynamic has changed a lot – it takes a few … Read More
The conversation surrounding Alcest’s love affair with shoegaze, blackgaze, pop, whatever you want to call it, has overshadowed the actual merit of their sound for years now. Discounting the snoozefest that was ‘Shelter’, Neige and co. possess a back catalogue that transcends labels, instead focusing on genuine creative musicianship. Latest … Read More
Okay, so we’ve had one man black metal, now dawns the age of one man doom metal; Spirit Adrift is the brainchild of Arizonian Nate Garrett and following the release of EP ‘Behind – Beyond’ is his debut album ‘Chained to Oblivion’. What’s most immediately striking about this release is … Read More
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