No, it’s not the long-awaited second album by the band that recorded the Wicker Man soundtrack, but it is attuned to a similarly non-mainstream spirituality as that found on Summer Isle. Executing the occult ’70s rock sound with the consummate skill that one usually expects from the likes of … Read More
From Greece’s home of true metal, No Remorse records (home to Eternal Champion), Lord Vigo’s quest into epic doom follows in the footsteps of many of the great and good of doom with Candlemass and later Bathory providing familiar sonic waypoints. Seemingly aware that they’re on a well-travelled path, … Read More
Identity anxiety on the internet can make life hard for bands following their own path through the genre matrix. Are they thrash? Hardcore? Crossover perhaps? Whilst raging YouTube commenters attempt to solve the riddles of genre and call each other “gay”, Power Trip have been busy completing their latest … Read More
Melding punk and classic rock, Lecherous Gaze come across like a distillation of Detroit’s musical output, with the righteous swagger of the Stooges and MC5 butting shaven heads with the primal punk of Negative Approach. Familiar yet fresh, their version of punk borrows from rock’s source code, pinching riffs … Read More
In a metal scene riven by sub-genre segregation, that frequently rewards the ability to imitate over originality, Hammers Of Misfortune’s unique way with heavy metal is a welcome reminder that true quality is oblivious to convention.
Using heavy metal source code as a starting point, HOM embark on a musical voyage … Read More
Swedish doomers The Order Of Israfel play it straight for their second full-length with another offering of no-frills doom metal that will do much to console those still mourning Cathedral’s demise. With guitar sounds honed to skull-crushing perfection, its clear that for TOOI, the quest for the ultimate expression of doom … Read More
Upping the bombast with full-bore modern production has sadly come at the expense of the doomy atmospherics that established Candlemass as genre pioneers, and makes the three decades since ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ that ‘Death Thy Lover’ marks seem that little bit longer.
Tanking along at everyone’s least favourite Candlemass pace and … Read More
To many, doom is the molasses-thick primordial sludge found at the lower reaches of the guitar’s tonal range. For others, it’s the molasses-thick primordial sludge found around rim of their favourite bong. For Alastair Riddell of heavy metal doom band, Brule, “doom is the ‘Tempter’ by Trouble; anything else is … Read More
When a sub-genre tags gets bandied about as much as ‘occult’ and ‘psych’ have of late, listener responses can tend towards the suspicious. But in ‘Son Of Earth And Sky’, Norway’s High Priest Of Saturn have created a record far more concerned with establishing its own merits than tapping into … Read More
With guitars perfectly tuned to 1983, soaring melodic vocals and an organic production, ‘For None And All’ sets its stall out as a highly competent traditional heavy metal album by the first chorus. But what would satisfy many bands in the current trad metal crop is just the starting point … Read More
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