Vacant Eyes – A Somber Preclusion of Being (Review)

Vacant Eyes - A Somber Preclusion of BeingThis is the debut album from US doom band Vacant Eyes.

Combining funeral doom, death/doom, melodic doom, and progressive doom, A Somber Preclusion of Being contains 75 minutes of sorrowful soundscapes. Continue reading

Atramentus – Stygian (Review)

Atramentus - StygianThis is the debut album from Atramentus, a doom metal band from Canada.

Stygian is a monster of dark funeral doom. Three tracks sprawl out over 45 minutes, promising nothing but glacial moods and barren hopelessness, and delivering. There are two colossal songs that bookend a shorter ambient piece. Continue reading

Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Review)

Convocation - Ashes CoalesceConvocation are a funeral doom band from Finland, and this is their second album.

I enjoyed 2018’s Scars Across; the band’s brand of atmospheric funeral death/doom was crushingly oppressive and filled with misery, just as you’d want something like this to be. Convocation have now returned with 45 minutes of Continue reading

Vij (Вий) – Oblivium (Review)

Vij (Вий) - ObliviumThis is the second album from Вий, (otherwise known as Vij), an Italian doom/sludge band.

Vij’s music is dark and heavy, combining harsh sludge and funeral doom. It’s a great mixture of the two styles, making for an absorbing album that’s a little different from what many other doom/sludge bands are doing. Continue reading

Monolithe – Okta Khora (Review)

Monolithe - Okta KhoraThis is the eighth album from French doom metallers Monolithe.

Monolithe can do no wrong in my humble opinion. Across many releases, (here, here, here, here, here, and here, for example), the band have consistently delivered the sort of quality, engrossing doom metal that just keeps drawing you back no matter how much time you give it. Okta Khora is no different in this regard. Continue reading