Apostle of Solitude – From Gold to Ash (Review)

Apostle of SolitudeApostle of Solitude are a US doom metal band and this is their fourth album.

So, the mighty Apostle of Solitude return! It’s been a long time since 2014’s Of Woe and Wounds, which I rated on my 2014 end of year best of list. Continue reading

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Ilienses Tree – Edda (Review)

Ilienses TreeIlienses Tree are an Italian metal band and this is their latest EP.

This EP contains 5 tracks and lasts 25 minutes. The first and last of these are intro/outro tracks, so the meat of the release is in the three songs in the middle. Continue reading

Empress – Reminiscence (Review)

EmpressThis is the debut EP from Canadian doom band Empress.

Although classed as an EP, there’s still 29 minutes of material here to sink your teeth into.

I’ll say it straight away – Reminiscence is a massively enjoyable release. Continue reading

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Review)

Hooded MenaceThis is the fifth album from Finnish death/doom band Hooded Menace.

Whenever I have a craving for death/doom, Hooded Menace can always be relied upon to satisfy it. 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth was a very enjoyable trip into Hooded Menace’s dark world, and now it’s time to revisit it as they unleash 42 minutes of new material. Continue reading

Towards Atlantis Lights – Dust of Aeons (Review)

Towards Atlantis LightsTowards Atlantis Lights is an international project that plays atmospheric doom metal. This is their debut album.

Featuring members of Pantheist, Aphonic Threnody, Dea MaricaArrant Saudade, and Void of Silence, a lot of experience and expertise has clearly been poured into this album. Continue reading

Interview with Hamferð

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In my humble opinion, Hamferð have recently released an early contender for album of the year in their stunning latest album Támsins Likam. Yes, yes, I know; bold claims…it’s only January…blah blah blah, but I’d be shocked if this wasn’t a release that ends up getting some seriously high places on a lot of lists eventually. Time will tell, of course…

Anyway, all I can say is that I urge you in the strongest possible manner to check these guys out. If you’re partial to emotive, melancholy doom metal, with first-rate songwriting and some deathly bite, then this is a release you have to check out. Continue reading