-(16)- are a sludge metal band from the US and this is their ninth album.
Ever since hearing and really enjoying 2020’s Dream Squasher, I’ve been looking forward to its follow up. And now it’s here; Into Dust contains 44 minutes of filth and fury for us to be entertained by. Continue reading “-(16)- – Into Dust (Review)”
False Gods are a doom/sludge metal band from the US and this is their second album.
Neurotopia contains eight tracks, (seven originals and a doomified Integrity cover), for a total of 50 minutes of material. False Gods play a compelling brand of doom and sludge metal that also benefits from elements of hardcore. Continue reading “False Gods – Neurotopia (Review)”
This is the third album from UK doom/sludge metallers Grave Lines.
Featuring the guitarist from Dead Witches/Sea Bastard, Grave Lines play an interesting and immersive form of doom. Weaving together doom metal and sludge into a tapestry that also includes Gothic, ambient drone, post-punk, and experimental elements, Communion contains 44 minutes of music that’s highly compelling. Continue reading “Grave Lines – Communion (Review)”
This is the third album from US doom/sludge metal band Hush.
Hush play the sort of hybrid sludge metal that I like – bleak, crushing, nasty, and very, very heavy, but also emotive and atmospheric. Across these 56 minutes the band dish out the punishment mercilessly, but they also do a lot more than just batter and bruise, which is great to hear, as otherwise a running time like that could easily become a burden. Continue reading “Hush – The Pornography of Ruin (Review)”
Come to Grief are a sludge band from the US and this is their debut album.
Formed by ex-members of Grief, When the World Dies contains 38 minutes of harsh ugliness for fans of Grief, Fistula, Eyehategod, Yatra, Burning Witch, Iron Monkey, and Thou. Prepare yourself, as Come to Grief take no prisoners. Continue reading “Come to Grief – When the World Dies (Review)”
Blue Heron are a heavy rock band from the US and this is their debut EP.
Two tracks, 12 minutes, no messing around.
Black Blood of the Earth is a nicely meaty track that combines a love of heavy rock with stoner and psychedelic influences. I like the alternating harsher vocals with Continue reading “Blue Heron – Black Blood of the Earth/A Sunken Place (Review)”
Slomatics are from the UK and Yanomamo are from Australia, both play doom/sludge metal.
I’m unfamiliar with Yanomamo, but Continue reading “Yanomamo/Slomatics – Split (Review)”
Subterraen are a French sludge/doom band and this is their debut album.
When the promo blurb states that Rotten Human Kingdom is for fans of bands like Eremit, Jupiterian, Lurk, Eyehategod, Neurosis, 71TONMAN, Conan, and Primitive Man, you know you have to check it out. You won’t be disappointed, either. Far from it, in fact. Continue reading “Subterraen – Rotten Human Kingdom (Review)”
-(16)- are a sludge metal band from the US and this is their eighth album.
Apart from 2017’s split with Fistula, I’m unfamiliar with -(16)- and their work, although I’ve been aware of their existence for decades. Due to their pedigree, and the fact that the press blurb recommends them for Continue reading “-(16)- – Dream Squasher (Review)”
This is the third album from UK death/sludge metal band Warcrab.
Scars of Aeons was a very enjoyable mix of sludge and death metal, so when I found out that this new album was on the horizon, I prepared myself accordingly. Damned in Endless Night is a bigger monster than Scars of Aeons was though, with double the tracks and a total duration of 52 minutes. Continue reading “Warcrab – Damned in Endless Night (Review)”