Friends of Hell – Friends of Hell (Review)

Friends of Hell - Friends of HellThis is the debut album by Friends of Hell, an international doom metal band.

As soon as I saw that Friends of Hell featured ex-members of Electric Wizard and Reverend Bizarre, I knew I wanted to sample its wares. I haven’t been disappointed. Continue reading “Friends of Hell – Friends of Hell (Review)”

Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier (Review)

Abysmal Dawn - Nightmare FrontierAbysmal Dawn are a death metal band from the US and this is their latest EP.

Abysmal Dawn are always worth checking out, in my humble opinion. Their brand of modern death metal is heavyweight and satisfying, and their latest EP offers 19 minutes of meaty aggression to satisfy fans of the style. Continue reading “Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier (Review)”

Grief Collector – En Delirium (Review)

Grief Collector - En DeliriumThis is the debut album from US doom metallers Grief Collector.

Featuring Robert Lowe, (an ex-member of Candlemass), on vocals, En Delirium contains 48 minutes of largely traditional doom metal mixed with a touch of modern sludge, to produce a compelling piece of work. Continue reading “Grief Collector – En Delirium (Review)”

Miasma Theory – Miasma Theory (Review)

Miasma Theory - Miasma TheoryThis is the debut album from Miasma Theory, an international heavy metal band.

Miasma Theory contains four original compositions and a Candlemass cover, with a total duration of 34 minutes. Of the original songs, Miasma Theory, (a project headed up by a member of Northern Crown), focuses on delivering heavy metal that’s enriched by elements of doom metal. Continue reading “Miasma Theory – Miasma Theory (Review)”

Carcolh – The Life and Works of Death (Review)

Carcolh - The Life and Works of DeathCarcolh are a French doom metal band and this is their second album.

Carcolh’s approach to traditional doom metal is one that’s downbeat, heavy, and rich in feeling. The band hover somewhere between the old-school and the new, making the most of each of them to produce something that’s not entirely either, so should appeal to fans of both. Continue reading “Carcolh – The Life and Works of Death (Review)”

Therion – Leviathan (Review)

Therion - LeviathanTherion are a Swedish symphonic/operatic metal band and this is their seventeenth album.

Where do you go after a three-hour metal opera marathon such as 2018’s Beloved Antichrist? Well, in Therion’s case, you condense, you prioritise arena-friendly catchiness, and you produce 46 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable material. Continue reading “Therion – Leviathan (Review)”

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Review)

Pallbearer - Forgotten DaysThis is the fourth album from US doom metallers Pallbearer.

This is old-school doom metal mixed with a progressive delivery. Black Sabbath and Candlemass are obvious rough starting points for the band’s sound, but you can also hear the influence of 70s progressive rock on the songs too. Continue reading “Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Review)”

Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (Review)

Solothus - Realm of Ash & BloodThis is the third album from Solothus, a death/doom metal band from Finland.

Soaked with deathly vibes and sinister doom promise, this is macabre death/doom that deeply satisfies with its quality delivery. For a rough approximation of the band’s sound, imagine a mix of bands such as Continue reading “Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (Review)”

Forged in Black – Descent of the Serpent (Review)

Forged in Black - Descent of the SerpentForged in Black are a UK heavy metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring 48 minutes of material, Descent of the Serpent is well-crafted heavy metal with wide scope. Some elements of thrash are mixed in, for example. Also, occasionally the songs veer into classic doom metal territories in their more atmospheric moments, or sometimes adopt a power metal stance of epic force. Whatever they do this is pure heavy metal goodness all the way. Continue reading “Forged in Black – Descent of the Serpent (Review)”

Wolf Counsel – Destination Void (Review)

wolf counsel - destination voidThis is the fourth album from Swiss doom metal band Wolf Counsel.

The promo blurb states that this album is for fans of Cathedral,¬†Candlemass, Trouble, and Solitude Aeturnus, and that’s a fair assessment. Continue reading “Wolf Counsel – Destination Void (Review)”