Wonderbox Metal gets sent a lot of new music, (which is great), but there’s no way that everything can get covered unfortunately, (which is not so great). This new column hopes to redress this balance, if only slightly, by taking a look at a handful of releases that a record label has recently sent out that might have otherwise slipped through the cracks.
This time we’ll take a look at some releases from Majestic Mountain Records, which is a record label that I’ve only really just discovered via the wonderful Kal-El. I know nothing about the label, but I like what I’m hearing, so let’s delve into some of what they have to offer below… Continue reading “Label Roundup: Majestic Mountain Records – Bogwife, Redscale, Jointhugger, & Grand Cadaver (Reviews)”
Spelljammer are a Swedish doom metal band and this is their second album.
Spelljammer play a form of doom that incorporates elements of stoner metal, sludge, and psychedelic/progressive rock into its makeup. This is then shaped into 43 minutes of satisfying and enjoyable doom, nay, DOOOOM, that really hits the spot. Continue reading “Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip (Review)”
Satyrus are an Italian doom metal band and this is their debut album.
Based on the classic sound of doom in the vein of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, and then updated with modern influences from the realms of sludge and stoner, Rites contains 45 minutes of satisfying doom metal. Continue reading “Satyrus – Rites (Review)”
This is the debut album from Megalith Levitation, a Russian stoner/doom band.
There’s only four songs on this album, but with a total duration of 77 minutes, Acid Doom Rites is a whopper. Continue reading “Megalith Levitation – Acid Doom Rites (Review)”
Monolord are a doom metal band from Sweden and this is their fourth album.
Mixing doom, stoner, rock, and sludge into 47 minutes of satisfying Black Sabbath/Electric Wizard-esque worship, No Comfort is an enjoyable example of how to deliver a well-worn style with enough personality to be worthwhile. Continue reading “Monolord – No Comfort (Review)”
Wizard Rifle are a US sludge band and this is their third album.
Wizard Rifle are a band that mixes together doom and sludge metal with psychedelic, noise, and progressive rock, creating songs that twist and turn with virile life. A rough approximation of their sound would be a cross between Melvins, Electric Wizard, and Mastodon. Sort of. Continue reading “Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle (Review)”
Windhand are a doom metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.
Despite Windhand being one of the higher profile examples of this type of music, their split with Satan’s Satyrs was my first exposure to them. As such, it’s great to hear what they’re capable of with a full album’s worth of material to play with. Continue reading “Windhand – Eternal Return (Review)”
This is the debut EP from UK stoner rock band Ghozer.
Here we have 21 minutes of enjoyable stoner fuzz. It’s charismatic and direct, while still boasting a decent amount of depth and atmosphere. Continue reading “Ghozer – Ghozer (Review)”
Weed Demon are a sludge/stoner/doom band from the US and this is their debut album.
Sometimes all you really want to do is get lost in the doom. This album swamps you in heavy riffs, colossal groove, and thunderously slow distortion. What’s not to like? Continue reading “Weed Demon – Astrological Passages (Review)”
Morag Tong are a UK doom band, and this is their debut album.
Here we have 48 minutes of material from exploratory doomsters Morag Tong.
Last Knell of Om is an expansive and compelling listen, riven with huge slow guitars and imbued with a keen spacial awareness. It’s Continue reading “Morag Tong – Last Knell of Om (Review)”