Chalice of Suffering – Lost Eternally (Review)

Chalice of Suffering - Lost EternallyThis is the second album from US funeral doom band Chalice of Suffering.

2016’s For You I Die was an album I enjoyed, so it’s very agreeable to have a new slab of torment from the band. And what a considerable slab of torment and suffering it is too. Continue reading

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Totengott – The Abyss (Review)

Totengott - The AbyssThis is the second album from Spanish doom/heavy metallers Totengott.

This immense album is a hard one to describe with genre tags. It’s a mix of doom and thrash/heavy metal, but with elements of black, death, and progressive metal added in too, (as well as forays into dark ambient waters). The promo blurb mentions Continue reading

Blind Monarch – What Is Imposed Must Be Endured (Review)

Blind Monarch - What Is Imposed Must Be EnduredBlind Monarch are a UK doom band and this is their debut album.

Grim, foul, ugly, rotten, bleak, harsh…these and similar words can all be levelled at Blind Monarch’s colossal 56-minute debut album. Across four towering tracks the band embody all of these negatively charged words and more, all in the quest for the most despairing, hopeless doom they can find. Continue reading

Monthly Overview – the Best of March 2019

March proved to be this year’s strongest month for metal releases yet. I was hard-pressed to keep this list as short as it is, and any of the albums listed below are worthy of your attention. Continue reading

At Dusk – Condemned (Review)

At Dusk - CondemnedAt Dusk is a one man US black metal band and this is his second album.

This one man black metal band, (a member of Nan Elmoth), has always been one I’ve enjoyed. Both 2014’s Anhedonia and 2017’s split with Sacerdos left me wanting more, which we now have in the shape of Condemned, (the title track of which is the same song that was on the split with Sacerdos). Continue reading

Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light (Review)

Illimitable Dolor - Leaden LightIllimitable Dolor are from Australia, and play atmospheric death/doom metal.

Following on from their split with Promethean Misery, I was keen to hear more from Illimitable Dolor. Well, now is that opportunity; Leaden Light contains 52 minutes of material, carved into five exquisite slices. Continue reading

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

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn (Review)

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Yn Ol I AnnwnThis is the third album from the impressively named Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, a doom metal band from the UK.

I really enjoyed the band’s striking 2016 debut record Y Proffwyd Dwyll, which saw the band offer up an intoxicating blend of psychedelic sludge/doom metal. In 2018 they unleashed a mammoth, (ahem), split with Slomatics called Totems, which Continue reading