Blue Heron – Ephemeral (Review)

Blue Heron - EphemeralBlue Heron are a heavy rock band from the US and this is their debut album.

I quite enjoyed Blue Heron’s brief two-track debut EP that they released last year, so when Ephemeral appeared I thought I’d take the time to see how they were coming along. In fact, Black Blood of the Earth from that release makes a reappearance on Ephemeral. Continue reading “Blue Heron – Ephemeral (Review)”

Cities of Mars – Cities of Mars (Review)

Cities of Mars - Cities of MarsThis is the third album from Swedish doom metal band Cities of Mars.

Cities of Mars offers a richly textured doom experience that combines elements of sludge, stoner, and ambient into itself. The promo blurb says that Cities of Mars is for fans of Mastodon, Kylesa, Sleep, Baroness, and The Sword, and that’s as good a place  as any to start with. Continue reading “Cities of Mars – Cities of Mars (Review)”

Slowtorch – The Machine Has Failed (Review)

Slowtorch - The Machine Has FailedThis is the second album from Italian stoner rock band Slowtorch.

The Machine Has Failed contains 37 minutes of hard rocking stoner rock fun. Tailor-made for fans of bands like Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, and Orange Goblin, the album has riffs, hooks, and good tunes aplenty. Continue reading “Slowtorch – The Machine Has Failed (Review)”

Alunah – Strange Machine (Review)

Alunah - Strange MachineThis is the sixth album from Alunah, a doom metal band from the UK.

Both 2017’s Solennial and 2019’s Violet Hour were solid examples of Alunah’s art, and Strange Machine carries 42 minutes of new tunes to enjoy. At this point in their career Alunah know how to play this sort of music; a Sabbathian mix of doom, hard rock, and stoner that’s based around good songs and a strong singer. What can go wrong with a formula like this? Continue reading “Alunah – Strange Machine (Review)”

Mother Iron Horse – Under the Blood Moon (Review)

Mother Iron Horse - Under the Blood MoonThis is the second album from US stoner metallers Mother Iron Horse.

Under the Blood Moon contains 37 minutes of riotous fun and escapist storytelling. Mixing stoner metal with sludge heaviness, Mother Iron Horse’s music is easy to like; the band just want to party hard and crush some skulls with their sludgy stoner metal, what’s not to like? Mother Continue reading “Mother Iron Horse – Under the Blood Moon (Review)”

Label Roundup: Majestic Mountain Records – Bogwife, Redscale, Jointhugger, & Grand Cadaver (Reviews)

Wonderbox Metal gets sent a lot of new music, (which is great), but there’s no way that everything can get covered unfortunately, (which is not so great). This new column hopes to redress this balance, if only slightly, by taking a look at a handful of releases that a record label has recently sent out that might have otherwise slipped through the cracks.

This time we’ll take a look at some releases from Majestic Mountain Records, which is a record label that I’ve only really just discovered via the wonderful Kal-El. I know nothing about the label, but I like what I’m hearing, so let’s delve into some of what they have to offer below… Continue reading “Label Roundup: Majestic Mountain Records – Bogwife, Redscale, Jointhugger, & Grand Cadaver (Reviews)”

Monolord – Your Time to Shine (Review)

Monolord - Your Time to ShineMonolord are a doom metal band from Sweden and this is their fifth album.

After 2019’s enjoyable No Comfort, the band are back with Your Time to Shine, which contains 39 minutes of new material. Monolord know very well how to make this sort of music at this point. These five songs are satisfying and enjoyable. Combining heaviness with nuance, the songs batter your door down, before entertaining with a wealth of musical anecdotes. Continue reading “Monolord – Your Time to Shine (Review)”

Green Lung – Black Harvest (Review)

Green Lung - Black HarvestGreen 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)”

Filth Wizard – Sleepeater (Review)

Filth Wizard - SleepeaterThis is the second album from New Zealand instrumental progressive metal/rock band Filth Wizard.

How could you not want to check out a band named Filth Wizard? Even though I do enjoy instrumental albums, sometimes a great deal, I’m not always drawn to them like I am some other styles that tend to have vocals. In this instance, the band’s name, Continue reading “Filth Wizard – Sleepeater (Review)”

Megalith Levitation – Void Psalms (Review)

Megalith Levitation - Void PsalmsThis is the second album from Russian doom/stoner metal band Megalith Levitation.

2019’s Acid Doom Rites was a colossal trip into long-form doom, and it made enough of an impact so now that Void Psalms has surfaced, I feel ready once more to dive into the band’s evocative and rich world. Continue reading “Megalith Levitation – Void Psalms (Review)”