Beldam – Pasung (Review)

BeldamBeldam are a blackened doom/sludge band form the US and this is their second album.

Pasung offers up 48 minutes of gritty, American sludge metal, replete with plenty of doom and an ugly blackened patina. Continue reading


Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (Review)

Corrosion of ConformityCorrosion of Conformity are a US metal band and this is their tenth album.

Back with their classic lineup, this is essentially a return to Corrosion of Conformity’s Deliverance/Wiseblood days, giving us 53 minutes of Southern metal mixed with good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll attitude. In many ways No Cross No Crown continues on from where Wiseblood left off, and Continue reading

Cursed Sun – The Amygdala (Review)

Cursed SunThis is the latest EP from UK metal band Cursed Sun.

Cursed Sun combine thrash metal with Southern sludge, a bit of melodic death metal, and some NWOAHM. As we’ll see, there’s more to this band than just this though, and in many ways Cursed Sun channel some quite old-school aspects in their sound. Continue reading

Tornado Kid – Hateful 10 (Review)

Tornado KidTornado Kid are a Russian metal band and this is their debut album.

Holy shitbastards this is good!

This is Southern-styled metal, with a bit of hard rock thrown in for good measure, as well as some hardcore influences. Sometimes when you think of a band who are described as Southern metal, you can think of tired clichés and generic delivery; there’s none of that here. Continue reading

Devil Gone Public – Smokehound (Review)

Devil Gone PublicThis is the debut album from US metal band Devil Gone Public.

Devil Gone Public play stoner/groove metal with a Southern flavour. Imagine a mix of Orange Goblin, Lamb of God, Red Fang, Black Tusk, Mastodon, Corrosion of Conformity and Down – this should give you a good starting point for what Devil Gone Public sound like.

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Corrosion of Conformity – IX (Review)

Corrosion of ConformityCorrosion of Conformity are from the US and this, as the title suggests, is their 9th album and it’s chock full of tasty Southern Metal.

For many though this band need no introduction. This is Southern Metal that combines elements of Heavy Metal, Doom Metal and Punk Rock into the 42 minutes playing time.

The songs exude confidence and walk with a cocky swagger. In some ways you could call this “feelgood Metal”. This is good-time Rock-and-Roll that’s the Metal equivalent of easy listening. Almost.

The album has an organic, earthy feel to it with the sound matching.

There’s a very relaxed vibe to most of these songs, with the band sounding loose, almost like it’s a rehearsal. They sound very much at ease with the material and even the more up tempo songs don’t seem hurried in any way.

The vocals are lazily melodic and have an ease of delivery where it feels like his voice just falls out of the speakers.

Ultimately Corrosion of Conformity have a lot of charisma and the songs are easy to like. IX is a good listen.

Black Emerald – B.O.D (Review)

Black EmeraldBlack Emerald are from the UK and play gritty Metal with a Sludge edge.

The band have a Southern Metal/Sludge influence to their sound that adds some extra bite to proceedings. They also give us some solos, which is always welcome.

The sound is rough and raw but allows the spiky riffs to claw their way through. Rather than be held back by the primitive production the band make it work for them; they warp and distort it to their needs until it becomes little more than another sonic weapon in their arsenal.

The vocals are gruffly melodic with some harsher growls thrown into the mix now and again. They are assured and use interesting patterns and melodies. They are also confident enough as a unit to occasionally lay off the vocals for long enough to let the music do the talking and let the guitars lead the way.

There’s three songs here that act as a showcase for the band. Each song is a filthy juggernaut of underground Metal riffs and belligerent anger.

Blood Sport has a strong Sludge influence to the sound and is the audio equivalent of barbed wire.

The title track B.O.D features slightly higher vocals for some parts and has a bouncy, Southern feel to it that gives the track a Rocky edge, albeit one haunting the murkiness.

The final track Figure on a Barb Wire Cross is lumbering Rocker that crosses the previous two tracks to create a mutated rager.

Black Emerald have stumbled on a style that fuses Metal with an aspect of Sludge in such a way that it doesn’t sound done to death; it sounds quite fresh in fact. Hopefully this release will be the first of many, and I look forward to what comes next from this promising band.