Aver – Orbis Majora (Review)

Aver - Orbis MajoraThis is the second album from Aver, a progressive stoner rock band from Australia.

Aver play sprawling, spacefaring music that combines stoner and psychedelic influences into a progressive framework. The end result is 51 minutes of material divided into just 5 tracks. Continue reading

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Grey Czar – Boondoggle (Review)

Grey Czar - BoondoggleGrey Czar are an Austrian progressive rock band and this is their second album.

This is a pleasingly multifaceted beast, mixing progressive, heavy, psychedelic, stoner, doom, avant-garde, and sludge rock into a 47-minute album that entertains with zig zag focus and wild personality. Continue reading

Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye (Review)

Chapel of Disease - ...And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced the EyeChapel of Disease are a German death metal band and this is their third album.

2015’s The Mysterious Ways of Repetitive Art stood out for its dark individuality and bleak delivery. Here was a band that took the old-school death metal template and added an atmospheric, sometimes doom-laden twist to it. It was a very effective record. Continue reading

Sigh – Heir to Despair (Review)

Sigh - Heir to DespairSigh are a Japanese black/avant-garde metal band and this is their eleventh album.

A new Sigh album is always somewhat of an event, and you never really quite know what you’re going to be getting yourself into with it. This latest album follows on after the symphonic blackened offering of 2015’s Graveward, but distances itself from its predecessor quite significantly by giving us 53 minutes of material that’s been influenced by folk and old/obscure progressive rock more than ever before. Continue reading

Forming the Void – Rift (Review)

Forming the VoidForming the Void are a progressive stoner/sludge doom band from the US. This is their fourth album.

After enjoying Forming the Void’s split with Pyreship, I was eager to hear more from the band. Thankfully, that desire has been catered to in the form of Rift; 46 minutes of new material for me to wrap my ears around. Continue reading

Morrow – The Weight of These Feathers (Review)

MorrowMorrow are a US black metal band and this is their debut album.

Not to be confused with the Morrow from the UK that have appeared on this site previously, this US band play atmospheric black metal with ambient and post-rock influences. Continue reading