This is the second album from Russian doom rockers Scarecrow.
Scarecrow play a classic, old-school mix of doom, hard rock, heavy blues, prog rock, psychedelia, and proto-metal.
Scarecrow II is a 44-minute time travelling psychedelic journey into the past, with the band as very capable guides. If you think of a 70s-style rock band, with some beefy guitars, the occasional Continue reading “Scarecrow – Scarecrow II (Review)”
Green Lung are a doom rock band from the UK and this is their second album.
Green Lung play a catchy and infectious brand of doom rock. The band have an expansive sound that takes liberally from doom metal, hard rock, folk, stoner, and Gothic rock. Continue reading “Green Lung – Black Harvest (Review)”
This is the debut album from Finnish dark doom rockers Mercury Circle.
Featuring current and ex-members of Swallow the Sun and Children of Bodom, Killing Moons contains 63 minutes of infectiously dark music. The overall style is one of doom-infused, moody, synth-enriched dark rock. Continue reading “Mercury Circle – Killing Moons (Review)”
There was a lot of very fine music that saw the light of day in September. It was a struggle to limit the below list to just a handful of releases, but I think you’ll find below a good selection of metal albums that should satisfy your musical itches… Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of September 2021”
This is the second album from Doctor Smoke, an occult metal/rock band from the US.
Doctor Smoke combine metal and rock influences into 43 minutes of infectious material. The songs boast a relatively good range of stylistic influences, while still retaining a holistic feel and good flow to the album; the tracks all share largely the same template, but one that’s made up a few different details and nuances. Continue reading “Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)”
This is the sixth album from The Night Flight Orchestra, a Swedish hard rock band.
It’s that time again! Even after Amber Galactic, Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough, and Aeromantic, The Night Flight Orchestra still aren’t content to rest on their laurels, and continue to pump out albums full of joyous hit songs with a quick turnaround. Continue reading “The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II (Review)”
This is the third album from Swedish black metallers Wormwood.
This is Swedish melodic black metal that exists within a post-black metal framework, with the latter allowing the former a broader range than it usually benefits from. Wormwood’s music has an epic streak, an atmospheric proclivity, and a good grasp of emotion and depth. Arkivet is a mix of the classic and the contemporary, and the band have balanced these influences very well to produce an evocative and compelling album. Continue reading “Wormwood – Arkivet (Review)”
Let’s take a quick tour of some of July’s best metal releases, shall we? Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2021”
This is the third album from Australian doom metallers Lucifer’s Fall.
I’m a sucker for Lucifer’s Fall. Whatever they do seems like filthy doom gold as far as I’m concerned. If you haven’t already, make sure you also check out their past releases, (Lucifer’s Fall, Fuck You We’re Lucifer’s Fall, II – Cursed & Damned, Tales from the Crypt), as every single one of them is worth it. Continue reading “Lucifer’s Fall – III – From the Deep (Review)”
This is the debut album from US progressive rock band Moon Machine.
I was initially attracted to this album by the evocative album art, and the suggestion that it should appeal to fans of Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend, Opeth, Alcest, Anathema, and Tool. Sold. Of course, there’s always the danger of being disappointed, but thankfully Moon Machine lived up to its promise. Continue reading “Moon Machine – Moon Machine (Review)”