This is the debut album from Mourner, a death/doom metal band from Russia.
In a surprisingly textured mix of gloomy atmosphere and deathly heaviness, Mourner’s first release is an enjoyable take on the death/doom style. It seems primarily influenced by the old-school triumvirate of Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride, and fans of these bands and the corresponding era should find much to enjoy here. Continue reading
This is a split between two UK sludge metal bands. Both bands offer up a single song.
We’ve met Moloch before on their split with Cloud Rat. Here they continue with their Continue reading
This is the seventh album from Arctic Sleep, a one-man, (with guests), atmospheric/progressive doom band from the US.
Despite the fact that this is the band’s seventh album, this is my first encounter with Arctic Sleep’s music. It seems I’ve been missing out; what we have here is hugely impressive. However, the man behind Arctic Sleep is also the man behind Unearthed Elf, and as I absolutely love Unearthed Elf’s Into the Catacomb Abyss, I suppose it should come as no surprise that Kindred Spirits is as good as it is. Continue reading
This is the latest EP from Daxma, a doom/post-metal band from the US.
Following on from 2017’s absorbing The Head Which Becomes the Skull, the band now provide us with two new tracks, with a total duration of 25 minutes. Continue reading
Eternal Black are a doom metal band from the US and this is their second album.
I enjoyed both 2015’s Eternal Black and 2017’s Bleed the Days, so new material from this band is no bad thing. Across 38 minutes Eternal Black bring the doom, and do so very ably. Continue reading
LINGUA IGNOTA is a one woman experimental artist, and this is her latest album.
Aided by a multitude of guests, (including members of The Body and Full of Hell), this is 66 minutes of beauty and brutality. This is an album that fits in no real category other than a loose experimental one. Peppered with noise, avant-garde, industrial, and post-doom/rock influences, this is music that largely belongs to the artist alone and defies easy categorisation. Continue reading
Mammoth Storm are a Swedish doom metal band and this is their second album.
Now here’s an album I’ve been so looking forward to. 2015’s Fornjot was a stunning album, one which has stayed with me over the years as an exemplar of heaviness and melodic might. Continue reading
This is the fourth album from US doom band Flesh of the Stars.
On both Hide and Anhilla Flesh of the Stars impressed me with their emotive brand of doom metal, and their progression over time. Now the band are back with this latest album that features 48 minutes of new material. Continue reading
Slomatics are a doom metal band from the UK and this is their sixth album.
We know Slomatics from 2016’s superb Future Echo Returns, and more recently from their equally superb split with Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Continue reading
Pelican are a post-metal band from the US and this is their sixth album.
Pelican play an instrumental post-rock/metal hybrid, and have been crafting affecting and enjoyable material for 18 years at this point. As their first new album in six years, I think it’s fair to say that Nighttime Stories has been greatly anticipated by fans of the band’s work. Continue reading