Abhainn is a 56-minute progressive black metal album that also contains a healthy amount of doom and folk influences. It’s ambitious and bold, but also very striking and well-realised. The band have clearly put a lot into this work, and it shows; Abhainn is Continue reading “Corr Mhóna – Abhainn (Review)”
Sometimes a band appears that is ostensibly no different to that of many other groups playing with a similar sound, but that has an ineffable quality that simply manages to captivate. For me, Acid Mammoth is one such band. Continue reading “Acid Mammoth – Caravan (Review)”
Carcolh’s approach to traditional doom metal is one that’s downbeat, heavy, and rich in feeling. The band hover somewhere between the old-school and the new, making the most of each of them to produce something that’s not entirely either, so should appeal to fans of both. Continue reading “Carcolh – The Life and Works of Death (Review)”
This is the fourth album from US doom metallers Pallbearer.
This is old-school doom metal mixed with a progressive delivery. Black Sabbath and Candlemass are obvious rough starting points for the band’s sound, but you can also hear the influence of 70s progressive rock on the songs too. Continue reading “Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Review)”
I enjoyed 2017’s Reminiscence, with its psychedelic grooves and rolling riffs. It set out a strong opening argument for the band, which Premonition now ably capitalises on. Combining elements of doom, sludge, progressive, and post-metal into 49 minutes of expressive, mood-focused music, Premonition is a thoroughly convincing affair. Continue reading “Empress – Premonition (Review)”
I was drawn to this album by the enigmatic album cover, and then reeled in by the description of the music – “an ambitious, qualitative blend of thick doom, dreamy instrumentals and layered vocals.” Continue reading “Skullcave – Fear (Review)”
Consisting of a single track, Orage is a tentative, experimental first step into the world by this new project. Despite this, Orage is well-formed and shows a lot of promise. Continue reading “Le Menhir – Orage (Review)”
I’ve been extremely excited for this one. This is a band that takes everything I love about traditional doom metal and combines it with a progressive metal element that sees the songs soar above almost all of their so-called peers with ease. Continue reading “King Goat – Debt of Aeons (Review)”
This is an interesting and enjoyable mix of progressive, atmospheric, and post-metal. These are only starting points, however, as Novaria mix a lot of different things together on EP1. Continue reading “Novaria – EP1 (Review)”
It’s once more time to gather in Leeds for this year’s Damnation Festival. With another amazing lineup, this is a festival that’s a definite milestone in the yearly metal calendar.