December 31, 2011

Dark Castle - Surrender To All Life Beyond Form


Artwork by Stevie Floyd

Dark Castle's Surrender To All Life Beyond Form is a dense and atmospheric take on doom. There's also industrial elements, drone metal and unorthodox scales - all covered in a thick layer of crud and fuzz.

Here are reviews from Metal Review and The Obelisk. A common thread in the reviews is that the album is a challenge, but like AllMusic writes, after repeated listens it reveals itself to be an astonishingly varied and well-conceived song cycle.


Photos by Carmelo Española.

Listen to album below and visit their Bandcamp to view all the artwork for Surrender To All Life Beyond Form and more examples of Stevie Floyd's art.


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Tagged with 2011, Carmelo Española, Dark Castle, death metal, doom, new age, psychedelic

December 30, 2011

Bispora - The Cycle


Bispora's The Cycle is heavy progressive music with the perfect mix of ambience thrown in. Here are two mentions on 2001 year-end lists - this from Heavy Blog is Heavy and this from No Clean Singing that says
The Cycle is essentially one twenty-minute song that bounces between a couple of different genres as deftly as Between The Buried And Me do. The main motif of The Cycle is excellent. It is seriously one of the best melodies of the year.

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Tagged with 2011, Bispora, death metal, djent, experimental, free download, progressive

Metal Bandcamp Doom Favorites Of 2011


My take on a year-end list is up at No Clean Singing.
METAL BANDCAMP DOOM FAVORITES OF 2011
Thanks to NCS head honcho Islander for publishing it and for supporting Metal Bandcamp.

Tagged with metal bandcamp, no clean singing

Xerath - II


Cover art by Colin Marks

Xerath - II is available on the Candlelight Records Bandcamp. Groovy Meshuggah-style riffs combined with huge symphonic parts. Storytelling metal. It is heavy, have some fluid solos and no clean singing! Check out a couple of reviews from Heavy Blog is Heavy and the friendly people at No Clean Singing.


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Tagged with 2011, Candlelight Records USA, groove metal, orchestral metal, progressive metal, Xerath

Returning We Hear the Larks - Proud England


Returning We Hear the Larks - Proud England is ambient djent/tech metal with vocals and a bit more straightforward songwriting than typical for the genre. The Deluxe Package includes an instrumental version of the original EP. Here are a few reviews from Heavy Blog Is Heavy and Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, ambient, djent, metal, progressive, Returning We Hear the Larks

December 29, 2011

Fiends of Feast - Shadows of Extinction



I checked out Fiends of Feast - Shadows of Extinction after it got a "Best EP" mention in That's How Kid's Dies Top 10 Metal Albums of 2011. This is blackened death metal with passion, vitality and songs - it also has nice touches like a raw bass solo, acoustic guitar and even a haunting string section part. Read That's How Kids Dies review, he also did an interview with the band.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, death metal, Fiends of Feast, free download, heavy metal

December 28, 2011

Rye Wolves - Species battle in the Branches


Rye Wolves - Species battle in the Branches is psychedelic doom with angular noise riffing. The vocals are possessed, the guitars down-tuned and extremely distorted. The songwriting covers a lot of ground including a black metal passage in the closing epic workout Malnutrition Bends The Beak. Read the review from The Obelisk and check it out.


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Tagged with 2011, metal, psychedelic, Rye Wolves

No Made Sense - New Season​/​New Blues


No Made Sense's New Season​/​New Blues is progressive metal. Not Dream Theater progressive, more like Mastodon progressive. There's a great variety in the vocals, from crusty bellows to the really high wails on I've Not Been. The album got a great live feel and a rough production where clanging strings clamber over each other. Here's a review from The NewReview.


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Tagged with 2011, free download, No Made Sense, rock

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - A Joyful Noise


NEWSFLASH! Forget Justin Fucking Bieber and download Agoraphobic Nosebleed's A Joyful Noise from the Grindcore Karaoke Bandcamp. 11 songs, 2 minutes 12 seconds of pure seasonal noise. Grind some of that Christmas fat into dust!


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Tagged with 2011, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, free download, grindcore, Grindcore Karaoke, noisecore

Obsequiae - Suspended in the Brume of Eos

Obsequiae's Suspended in the Brume of Eos is available on the Bindrune Recordings Bandcamp. This is black metal fused with a very medieval sound. The result is dense as black metal (but generally not as chaotic), and melodic and memorable as folk music. The bass has a great rumbling low-end feel


Obsequiae's Suspended in the Brume of Eos is available on the Bindrune Recordings Bandcamp. This is black metal fused with a very medieval sound. The result is dense as black metal (but generally not as chaotic), and melodic and memorable as folk music. The bass has a great rumbling low-end feel and the guitars often use cycling, dual harmonies that are quite hypnotic.

Here are reviews from Don't Count on it Reviews and The Inarguable and here's an interesting and fun interview with the band from Invisible Oranges.


Tagged with 2011, Bindrune Recordings, medieval black metal, melodic black metal, Obsequiae

December 27, 2011

Thrall - Vermin to the Earth



Thrall - Vermin to the Earth got a spot in this year end list from No Clean Singing. It is virulent black metal with tinges of avant-garde black metal and plenty of creepy melodies. It also has a standout production with huge drums, grinding guitars and pounding bass. Read the review from Metal Review who calls it orthodox fucking black metal or the one from Lurker's Path if you want to dig a little deeper.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, black n roll, rock, Thrall

Quintessence - Le bourreau de Tiffauges

French band Quintessence's new album Le bourreau de Tiffauges was added to Bandcamp. They play melodic and progressive black metal. The raw production and angry/pained french vocals creates a dark and doomy atmosphere.

Illustration by Saint John

French band Quintessence's new album Le bourreau de Tiffauges was added to Bandcamp. They play melodic and progressive black metal. The raw production and angry/pained french vocals creates a dark and doomy atmosphere. Almost every song features beautiful lead work or a solo that creates a little breathing room. Read the review from the always dependable Don't Count on it Reviews and check it out.


Tagged with 2011, black metal, Quintessence

December 26, 2011

Defeatist - Tyranny Of Decay


Photo by Carmelo Española.

Defeatist's Tyranny Of Decay is slightly more produced than their previous albums and has real variety in tempo and feel - but it is still raw as fuck grindcore! Defeatist disbanded recently, check out the coverage at American Aftermath.


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Tagged with 2011, Carmelo Española, crust, Defeatist, free download, grind, hardcore, noise, punk

7 Horns 7 Eyes - Convalescence



7 Horns 7 Eyes's Convalescence EP is available on the Basick Records Bandcamp. This is progressive metal with terrific playing, mixing a lot of different genres. As Islander from No Clean Singing put it:
Every time we hear them, we adjust the description of their music, but we think we’ve just about got it down now: technical, somewhat blackened, melodic mathcore progressive death metal. Got that?

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Tagged with 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Basick Records, metal, progressive, tech

Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All


The Destroyers of All is a worthy followup to Ulcerate's previous album Everything Is Fire. It's post-death metal with blistering drumming and remorseless growls submerged in a sea of creeping, dissonant guitar riffs. Here are two reviews from AllMusic and Teeth of the Divine.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, grindcore, tech, Ulcerate, Willowtip

Maruta - Forward Into Regression



We're back. Let's start with grinding a couple of layers off the Christmas fat!

Maruta's Forward Into Regression is all that you need from a grindcore album. Besides som sludgy parts it doesn't add much new to the genre, but it is solid and really well played. Read the reviews from Metal Review and Don't Count on it Reviews.

Maruta split up after Forward Into Regression was released. Here is a memorial piece from That's How Kids Die, including two interviews with the band.


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Tagged with *, 2011, death metal, grind, Maruta, punk

December 23, 2011

HO Ho hoo



Metal Bandcamp takes a holiday break. See you after Christmas.

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December 22, 2011

Oskoreien - Oskoreien



Oskorien's self-titled album is one of my Bandcamp favorites. This post by Kim Kelly reminded me to add it to the blog. She writes that Oskoreien
creates epic, nature-inspired atmospheric black metal in the vein of Altar of Plagues, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, Agalloch ... Gorgeous expanses of fragile post-rock mix gently with the harshness and purpose of the album’s more blackened passages
Lurker's Path also have kind words about the album calling it the solo black metal vehicle perfected.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, free download, neofolk, Oskoreien

December 21, 2011

Virvel av Morkerhatet - Forsaken Hate Sickness



Forbidden Records is a small label specializing in dark black/death metal and Ukrainian band Virvel av Morkerhatet fits that profile perfectly. Their debut Forsaken Hate Sickness is raw black metal with a dark, almost doomy bass tone and tight riffing. There's Immortal style croaks mixed with the occasional death growl and a fuller production than usual for this type of music.


Tagged with 2010, black metal, Forbidden Records, free download, Virvel av Morkerhatet

December 20, 2011

Sweet Cobra - Praise


Sweet Cobra's Praise from 2003 was added to the Seventh Rule Recordings Bandcamp. This is sludgy hardcore - raw, energetic and with an indie quality. Here's a review from A Handful of Dust


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Tagged with 2003, doom, metal, noise rock, Seventh Rule Recordings, stoner, Sweet Cobra

December 19, 2011

Solothus - Ritual of the Horned Skull



I found out about Solothus through this review by the esteemed Full Metal Attorney. Ritual of the Horned Skull is old-school death/doom done right. Heavy and grooving riffs, interesting growls and a production with a raw, live energy. Check out another review from Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, doom, free download, Solothus

December 18, 2011

Heart Of Barf - Look At These Teeth


Heart Of Barf - Look At These Teeth. This is lungcore. This is a human leg with a bear's foot. This is saxophone grind. This is fun.
I smell Ninja! The residue of swordplay and secrets mixed with sweat from the war-horses mane. I smell Ninja. I smell hunting dogs, but this ninja doesn't stink. When I'm in battle, I follow my heart. Watch out for my bear claw. I taped it to my foot. A human leg with a bear's foot. Yes!

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Tagged with 2011, grindcore, Heart Of Barf, metal

Vyrion - Vyrion


Vyrion got a very positive review by Steel Druhm over at Angry Metal Guy Industries. This is an eclectic mix of traditional Scandinavian black metal mixed with death gurgles, gruff and clean singing and copious doom influences. They also mix the black metal with post-rock minimalism and even some goth-metal, but they make it all work very well. A solid debut.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, blackened, death metal, free download, progressive, Vyrion

December 17, 2011

Exemption - Public Cemetery Party


Exemption's Public Cemetery Party is "aggressive progressive" metal in the vein of Baroness and Mastodon. It is also very fun and catchy. Check out this enthusiastic review from The Sleeping Shaman.


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Tagged with 2010, doom, Exemption, experimental, free download, progressive, stoner, trash

Seidr - For Winter Fire


A favorite from the Flenser Bandcamp, Seidr's For Winter Fire is blackened doom. Some of the heaviest shit you've heard (the guitar tone is simply crushing) coupled with passages that are just lovely. Including a full-on acoustic ballad. Check out the reviews from Metal Review, Invisible Oranges and Don' Count on it Reviews who calls it ritualistic doom metal, ... hypnotic, heavy, adventurous, and memorable.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, doom, Flenser Records, noise, Seidr

December 16, 2011

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory


Photo by Carmelo Española.


The new Exhumed album All Guts, No Glory is available on the Relapse Records Bandcamp. This is raging goregrind. The album has been compared to Slayer's Reign In Blood in terms of blood-fury and sheer violence, it also has melody and finesse and a nice production. Read the reviews from AllMusic and Aversionline.


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Tagged with 2011, Carmelo Española, death metal, Exhumed, grindcore, Relapse Records

December 14, 2011

Of Spire & Throne - The Trial of Failure


Of Spire & Throne - The Trial of Failure is extremely heavy blackened doom. With a thick and sludgy guitar tone and bass playing that rattles your bones. Read the reviews from Doommantia and The Metal Archives and rattle them bones a little.


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Tagged with 2011, doom, metal, Of Spire And Throne, sludge

December 13, 2011

The Odious - That Night a Forest Grew



The Odious - That Night a Forest Grew is progressive death metal filled with experimental bits: Jazzy passages, weird beats, technical gymnastics, clean sections, stoner/sludge sections and much more. Despite all the different parts it hangs together really well as an album, the experimentation doesn't feel forced. Here's a review from Heavy Blog is Heavy.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, free download, grindcore, jazz, progressive, The Odious

December 12, 2011

Panopticon - Social Disservices



Social Disservices, the new album by Panopticon was released on the Flenser Records Bandcamp. Musically it is vicious black metal, tempered with melodic post-rock influenced climaxes. Lyrically it is an aggressive and personal album as both the album title and the song titles ("Resident", "Client", "Subject", "Patient") suggests.

The last song "Patient" is a regular black metal symphony (not to be confused with symphonic black metal!) featuring some amazing drumming. Read more about the album in these reviews from Cvlt Nation and Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, atmospheric black metal, black metal, Flenser Records, folk metal, noise, Panopticon

December 11, 2011

The Neptune Power Federation - Wizard Lovin'



The Neptune Power Generation Bandcamp tells us that the track Wizard Lovin' is the erotic secrets of the ancients transcribed and set to a bitchin' retro rock track. That's truth in advertising for ya.


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Tagged with 2011, free download, new wave of british heavy metal, punk, stoner, The Neptune Power Federation

December 10, 2011

Drowned - Viscera Terrae


Drowned's latest demo Viscera Terrae from 2006 got a mention in a No Clean Singing feature on underground metal. This is simple death metal, dark and heavy. Drowned has been active since the early 90s, they are not part of any current old school trends. Here's a very postive review from The Metal Archives.


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Tagged with 2006, death metal, Drowned, occult

Hooded Menace - Abode of the Grotesque



Hooded Menace have a Bandcamp where you can download their half of the 7" split with Asphyx. The track, Abode of the Grotesque, is doomy goodness from the Never Cross the Dead sessions. Read the Doommantia review of the split here.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, doom, free download, Hooded Menace

December 9, 2011

From Exile - Monolith




One of my Bandcamp favorites is From Exile's Monolith from 2009. Progressive metal, mostly instrumental - basically a 32-minute lection in guitar metal with arena-rock riffs, sublimely beautiful meditations, heavy-as-shit headbanging chuggery, blistering solos, and soaring anthems as this excellent review from No Clean Singing puts it. Read another review from The Number of the Blog and check it out.


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Tagged with 2009, From Exile, hard rock, metal, progressive, progressive rock, psychedelic

Rwake - Rest


Rwake's Rest is post-sludge with long, brutal, heavy songs mixing progressiveness with punk-based aggression. A review from Doommantia and one from Heavy Blog is Heavy with these lines
it makes me want to get stoned and beat up some dragons with my bare fists, but I won’t enjoy it because I’m too pissed off and depressed because I’m going to die soon anyway. I mean that in a good way, mind you.
I get similar dragon killing urges when the albums centerpiece The Culling kicks into gear!


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Tagged with 2011, doom, metal, progressive, Relapse Records, Rwake, sludge

Thrown to the Sun - Of Oceans and Raindrops


Turkish band Thrown To The Sun has released their promising debut album Of Oceans And Raindrops to their Bandcamp. As mentioned on No Clean Singing and The Number of the Blog this is progressive death metal with nice growl-to-clean vocal interplay and some Middle Eastern influences here and there.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, free download, progressive metal, Thrown to the Sun

December 8, 2011

Fanapth - Untitled


Fanapth's untitled demo has been released on the Tagobella Bandcamp. It features one long track of harsh black metal with a doomy intro and noise/electronic parts. Their drummer kicks ass and keeps things energetic throughout the whole track.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, Fanapth, free download, noise

Netherbird - Shadows and Snow


Netherbird's Shadows and Snow is symphonic black metal. But the symphonics are not plastered everywhere, thankfully Netherbird understands that less is more. The playing is intricate and the vocals alternate between charmingly black cackles and guttural death croaks as Angry Metal Guy writes in his review.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, death metal, doom, free download, Netherbird

December 7, 2011

Worm Ouroboros - Worm Ouroboros



Profound Lore Records has added the Worm Ouroboros debut album from 2009 to their Bandcamp. This is atmospheric folk/doom. Enchanted singing, jazzy bass fills and clean psychedelic sounding guitars are interspersed with the occasional crunching passage. Here's a review from Don't Count on it Reviews and one from Sputnikmusic with the great summary "woodland metal that doesn't demand your blood on the leafy ground?"


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Tagged with 2009, doom metal, Profound Lore Records, Worm Ouroboros

December 6, 2011

Neuraxis - Truth | Imagery | Passage


Willowtip has added a compliation of Neuraxis albums Truth | Imagery | Passage to their Bandcamp. They don't oversell it, but simply quotes the AllMusic review. It states that it shouldn't be anyone's first Neuraxis purchase, because it is only on the last album of the compilation that Neuraxis truly begin to reconcile all their various impulses and become the tech-death kill squad of today.


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Tagged with 2005, death metal, grindcore, metal, Neuraxis, Willowtip

December 5, 2011

Barghest - Untitled


Gilead media has been updating their Bandcamp and made Barghest's debut album available for download. This is pure angry black metal, a throwback to the second wave of black metal. The production is appropriately lo-fi, but without sacrificing clarity - as Cvlt Nation said hate has never sounded so rad. Read another review from Invisible Oranges and listen to the album below.


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Tagged with 2011, Barghest, black metal, free download, Gilead Media

December 4, 2011

Hazzard's Cure - Hazzard's Cure


Cover art by Lukas Krieg

Hazzard's Cure has been on my to-do list for a while, this review by Monkey Defies Gravity prompted me to do something about it. Hazzard's Cure seldom sticks to one style in a song, Monkey Defies Gravity calls it seriously stoned metal. I agree, but like The Number of the Blog I think the many transitions are seamless and natural and it's all very fucking metal.


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Tagged with 2011, doom metal, free download, Hazzard's Cure, stoner metal

Hellcrawler - Wastelands


I got a heads up about the Hellcrawler Bandcamp in a mail. Wastelands is metalpunk or death'n'roll like Entombed and Dismember. You know, heavy riffs, aggressive growling vocals and pounding bass. Here are two reviews, one positive from American Aftermath and one a little more neutral from Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, d-beat, death metal, death'n'roll, free download, Hellcrawler, metal, punk

December 3, 2011

Nami - Fragile Alignments - Year of the Sun Records



Nami - Fragile Alignments was featured in a "Things You Might Have Missed 2011" post by Angry Metal Guy. A few Google searches later and their label Year of the Sun Records Bandcamp was found. Andorran band Nami plays progressive and melodic death metal, mixing crushing polyrhythms with quieter sections featuring impressive smokey voice clean singing. The production is modern but not overly so, everything sounds clear and warm.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, metal, Nami, progressive, Year of the Sun Records

December 2, 2011

Cara Neir - Stagnant Perceptions


Art by Sophie Penrose

While browsing the Sophie Penrose Flickr, I came across a mention of the Cara Neir Bandcamp. Their Stagnant Perceptions album is black metal mixed with bits of sludge and hardcore - and features some seriously tight musicianship. As this review from The Inarguable says: It alternates between melodic majesty and stomping rage.


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Tagged with 2011, Cara Neir, free download, grindcore, post-black metal

Ensorcelor - Crucifuge


Ensorcelor's Crucifuge was recommended after downloading Æsahættr, and I'm glad for that! Two long tracks of blackened doom with warped vocals and very hypnotic riffing. Here are two reviews from Don't Count on it Reviews and Lurker's Path, who calls the epic title track reinvigorating and never boring. Give it a listen below.


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At their Bandcamp you can also hear an excerpt from a new track Into Urartic Mistral.

Tagged with 2011, blackened, doom, Ensorcelor

December 1, 2011

Tombs - Path of Totality


Mike Hill of Tombs. Photo by Carmelo Española.

Rounding up this series of Relapse Bandcamp favorites is Tombs - Path of Totality. This is an album you will see on many of the Best of 2011 lists proliferating now. It has been described as blackened sludge or atmospheric doom (and many other things). The Dan Obstkrieg review from Metal Review calls it mesmerizing gloom and says
while on its face the music seems simplistic, the band’s songs are impeccably constructed, and almost effortlessly flit through a number of tempo and stylistic changes before your reason ever catches up with your gut.
Here is another review from Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, Carmelo Española, experimental, hardcore, post-metal, Relapse Records, shoegaze, sludge, Tombs

Horseback - The Invisible Mountain


Another favorite from the Relapse Records Bandcamp is Horseback's The Invisible Mountain from 2010. It combines ambient drone with stoner riffing and tops it with harsh black metal vocals. All in all, a great balance of metal and non-metal influences. Here are a couple of reviews from AllMusic and Doommantia.


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Tagged with 2010, black metal, drone, experimental, Horseback, noise, post-rock, psychedelic, Relapse Records, shoegaze, sludge

November 30, 2011

Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse - Relapse Records



Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse from 2010 is one of my favorites from the Relapse Records Bandcamp. Few concept albums tell their story so well as this one does. The story here being the struggle between a vengeful god and the deposed angel Lucifer leading to the Battle of Armageddon. It's starts with the Mastodon proggyness of Last Resort and the lines
master of light
creator of sky and sea
And ends with the massive riffing and soloing of The Seventh Seal
you keep telling me I'd have everything
you promised me everything I want
and you'd keep telling me you're going to help me
that you're going to save me, but you won't
and now I'm in too deep
all I have left is sleep
Read the reviews from Angry Metal Guy and Doommantia and check it out.


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Tagged with 2010, electronic, metal, Mose Giganticus, progressive, Relapse Records, sludge

November 28, 2011

Afgrund - Vid Helvetets Grindar


Willowtip added Afgrund's Vid Helvetets Grindar from 2009 to their Bandcamp. Political Scandinavian grindcore in the Nasum and Rotten Sound vein. Excellent drumming and touches of sludge and doom spices things up. Here are two reviews from Metal Review and AllMusic


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Tagged with 2009, Afgrund, death metal, grindcore, Willowtip

November 27, 2011

Æsahættr - Æsahættr


Æsahættr is one-man band from Canada that plays black metal inspired by Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Lovers of the books will recognize song titles like The Sundering Blade of Bolvangar and The Fury of the Panserbjørn - and Æsahættr itself is off course The Suble Knife, a knife with a blade so fine it can rip through the fabric between the worlds.

The music is atmospheric black metal with pained croaks buried under layers of riffing. The closing epic Teleutaia Makhaira ends with a long rainfall outro that is very calming. Here is a review from Cvlt Nation that somehow misses the Philip Pullman connection entirely.


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Tagged with 2010, Æsahættr, black metal

The Devil's Blood - Come Reap


The Devil's Blood is another Dutch band (see previous post about Akelei). Their 2008 debut Come Reap was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. This is occult psychedelic rock, at times reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane. Read the reviews from Invisible Oranges and AllMusic and listen to my favorite track, the hypnotic ballad Voodoo Dust.


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Tagged with 2008, black metal, death metal, doom, experimental, Profound Lore Records, The Devil's Blood

Akelei - De Zwaarte van het Doorstane


Dutch band Akelei's De Zwaarte van het Doorstane (The Burden of the Weathered) is emotional and atmospheric doom. It's certainly heavy enough, but in general this is really well played mellow doom. Read the Doommantia review and check it out.


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Tagged with 2010, Akelei, doom, free download

November 26, 2011

Canopy - Menhir - Dissension Records



Canopy's Menhir is a punchy, dynamic, and slightly proggy take on melodic death metal. Another example of melodic death metal done right! (like Voice of the Soul). Here's a couple of reviews from Metal Review and No Clean Singing.

Dissension Records is a small record label run by Canopy vocalist Fredrik Huldtgren. Besides Canopy they also have albums by black metal act Obitus, check out their newest release The March Of The Drones.


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Tagged with 2010, Canopy, death metal, Dissension Records, melodic death metal

November 24, 2011

Infernö - Downtown Hades / Utter Hell


Infernö - Downtown Hades / Utter Hell is a compilation of two Infernö albums from 1996 and 97. It's Thrash Metal with punk vocals & attitude as noted in this review of Downtown Hades from The Metal Archives.


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Tagged with 2008, Duplicate Records, Infernö, metal

Northless - Clandestine Abuse

Northless' Clandestine Abuse is basically a sludge album. But it is also much more than that: You can hear post-rock influences and math- and hardcore riffs pop up on many tracks. Parts of it have been described as "Krallice as played by cavemen", other parts as "Mastodon on barbiturates".


Northless' Clandestine Abuse is basically a sludge album. But it is also much more than that: You can hear post-rock influences and math- and hardcore riffs pop up on many tracks. Parts of it have been described as "Krallice as played by cavemen", other parts as "Mastodon on barbiturates". Here are two reviews from Don't Count On It Reviews and Invisible Oranges. Northless also have their own Bandcamp where you can stream or download some of their older stuff.


Tagged with 2011, Gilead Media, Northless, post-rock, sludge metal

November 21, 2011

Hemoptysis - Misanthropic Slaughter


Hemoptysis - Misanthropic Slaughter is lean and mean trash with a blackened crust on the vocals. And a shitload of really capable melodic solos. Here's a review from Teeth of the Divine.


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Tagged with 2011, Hemoptysis, trash metal

November 20, 2011

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis


Artwork by Alexander Brown

Profound Lore Records added Mitochondrion's 2010 album Parasignosis to their Bandcamp. But Mitochondrion already has a Bandcamp where they sell the album, so which one to choose? I went for Mitochondrion's because the album is a little cheaper ($5 CAD vs $6.66 CAD) and the money goes straight to them.

Parasignosis mixes dissonant black metal with blistering death metal. The songs are very unpredictable, yet the transitions still feel natural. Here are two reviews about the music from Heavy Blog is Heavy and The Number of the Blog and one about listening to the album from That's How Kids Die.


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Tagged with 2010, black metal, death metal, Mitochondrion, Profound Lore Records

Sleepbringer - Compendium


Sleepbringer's Compendium; On one hand the riffing is traditional heavy doom, sludge and stoner. On the other hand the songs and arrangements are actually interesting, they do not rely on the heaviness alone. Read more in the Doommantia review and check it out.


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Tagged with 2010, doom, free download, metal, Sleepbringer, sludge

November 19, 2011

Amputation Spree - Three / Inferno EP


Amputation Spree's Three / Inferno EP of progressive slam got a nice review at Metalattorney. He mentions the occasional dissonant chord progressions which gives off the impression of a slammier Ulcerate. The moniker thinking man's slam from the Amputation Spree Bandcamp is actually quite fitting.


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Tagged with 2011, Amputation Spree, death metal, free download, progressive, slam

Ulcerate - Everything Is Fire


Ulcerate's Everything Is Fire from 2009 was added to the Willowtip Bandcamp. Claustrophobic and complex modern death metal, that really needs more than one listen to wrap your head around.

Here are three reviews from Teeth of the Divine, Metal Review and AllMusic who says this about Ulerate's playing: their ability to move the music forward at what seems like a crushingly slow pace while in fact playing quite fast is hypnotic.


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Tagged with 2009, death metal, grindcore, Ulcerate, Willowtip

Ungoliant - No More The World Of Man


Art by the creator of the band Skinner

Ungoliant has released their new album No More The World Of Man. Heavy doom/sludge with massive walls of guitars and some psychedelic playing. It doesn't sound like all the other bands in those genres. Doommantia reviewed the track Wretched Mind here.


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Tagged with 2011, doom, psychedelic, sludge, stoner, Ungoliant

Cosmonauts Day - Paths of the Restless


Album layout by Elena Snegotskaya

Cosmonauts Day from Russia has released the new album Paths of the Restless on their Bandcamp. Post-metal that is more melodic than progressive and also quite heavy at times. No reviews yet, so let your own ears be the judge.


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Tagged with 2011, ambient, Cosmonauts Day, experimental, free download, instrumental, metal, post-metal, post-rock, progressive, sludge

November 18, 2011

Execration - Odes of the Occult


Artwork by Jørgen Maristuen from Execration.

Execration got my attention when Aversionline posted a review of Odes of the Occult. I found out that their label Duplicate Records has a Bandcamp, so here we are. Odes of The Occult is excellent blackened death metal, with parts that sounds like a "less chaotic Ulcerate". And it is all wrapped in a nice beefy old-school sounding production.

Aversionline also wrote that "the band is taking their core of classic, aggressive death metal in varying directions – with quite a bit of subtle technicality in tow". Here's another review from Don't Count On It Reviews and below is the player for you to click on.


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Tagged with 2011, death metal, Duplicate Records, Execration

Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge



Cloudkicker has released two new albums, Let Yourself Be Huge and its companion Loop. Let Yourself Be Huge is mellow ambient stuff, many of the tracks feature acoustic playing. The cover is pretty mellow too, it looks like one of those kissing couple in the sunset posters from the eighties.


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Tagged with 2011, ambient, Cloudkicker, free download, instrumental, metal, progressive rock

November 17, 2011

Vasaeleth - Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin


Cover art by Antichrist Kramer

Vasaeleth's Crypt Born & Tethered to Ruin From 2010 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. It is very murky old school death metal that relies on raw atmosphere instead of technical flash. Read the review from Last Rites where Erik Thomas calls it an "icky cacophony", and this list from the esteemed Full Metal Attorney who says that Crypt Born & Tethered to Ruin gives the impression "that you're standing outside a demon-infested crypt at 3:00 a.m., and these are the sounds coming from inside".


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Tagged with 2010, death metal, Profound Lore Records, Vasaeleth

November 16, 2011

Astomatous - The Beauty of Reason



Before Krallice there was...

Sometimes historical documents pop up on Bandcamp. Nicolas McMaster has added two albums from bands he was in before starting Krallice. The first is Hymn - Passage recorded in 2004. Very blackened doom with some progressive parts thrown in. The second is Astomatous - The Beauty of Reason recorded in 2006. Technical death death that has two wildly different reviews at The Metal Archives.

It's fun to note the similarities to Krallice in both bands: The dissonance, the non-melodic songwriting, the progressiveness and the terrific bass playing. Stretching it a little, you could say that Hymn is Krallice played as doom and Astomatous is Krallice played as death metal.


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Tagged with 2006, Astomatous, death metal, progressive death metal

November 15, 2011

Reflection - When Shadows Fall


Reflection's When Shadows Fall 2008 was added to the Cruz Del Sur Bandcamp. They play epic metal, the doomy version of Heavy Metal. It is a little plodding but this AllMusic review quite fairly describes it as a nicely crafted and enjoyable outing by a band who hold on to their love of metal from the 1970s and 1980s.


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Tagged with 2008, Cruz Del Sur Music, doom, heavy metal, Reflection

November 14, 2011

Cannibal Rites - Demo(2009) - NoVisible Scars


NoVisible Scars is a tape label that deals in dark electronica / noise / industrial and some death and black metal. They have added a demo from 2009 by Cannibal Rites of death metal in the ways of old. The production quality is really raw, but the playing is pure death and the whole thing has lots of atmosphere.

Cannibal Rites will re-record the demo tracks in 2012 for a NoVisble Scars cassette release. I look forward to that and hope that digital copies will be available on the Bandcamp.


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, Cannibal Rites, death metal, free download, heavy metal, NoVisible Scars

November 13, 2011

Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection


Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection from 2008 is in many ways a typical Willowtip technical death metal release: Brutal riffs, sweep-picking, Suffocation style vocals, neo-classical solos, dissonance and a few random jazz sections. Read more about it on Teeth of the Divine and The Metal Archives.


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Tagged with 2008, death metal, grindcore, Severed Savior, technical, Willowtip

Bosse-de-Nage - II


Flenser Records has added the second album by Bosse-de-Nage to their Bandcamp. This is black metal with just a of hint post-rock and some quite surrealistic lyrics. Check out two great reviews from Metal Review and Lurkers Path.


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Bosse-de-Nage wins the Metal Bandcamp best song title award for Why Am I So Lovely? Because My Master Washes Me.

Tagged with 2011, black metal, Bosse-de-Nage, doom, Flenser Records

Royal Talons - 5 tracks


Royal Talons have five individual tracks of psychedelic doom on their Bandcamp. Doommantia did a piece on them and describes The Scroll as starting with a hypnotic vibe which builds into a nasty, violent piece of tortured doom. Also, what is not to like about these lyrics:
Energy collides
activates third eye
dagger slices skin
dimension born within'

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Tagged with 2011, doom, free download, heavy metal, psychedelic, Royal Talons

November 11, 2011

Watchmaker - Erased From The Memory Of Man



Willowtip added Watchmaker - Erased From The Memory Of Man from 2008 to their Bandcamp. Violent grindcore with a decent production and some seriously warped shrieking. Check out the reviews from AllMusic and Metal Review, who calls it some of the most savage 26 minutes of your life.


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Tagged with 2008, death metal, grindcore, powerviolence, Watchmaker, Willowtip

November 9, 2011

Agalloch rarities and limited compilation tracks


Photo by Carmelo Española.

Agalloch has set up a Bandcamp for some of their rare tracks, mostly from various compilations. Many of the tracks are acoustic instrumentals in the style of The White EP. The one track that features an electric guitar is the quite progressive Scars of the Shattered Sky, originally from side D of the Ashes Against The Grain LP.


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Tagged with 2003, 2010, Agalloch, Carmelo Española, dark metal

Swallowed - Swallowed



In this interview Swallowed describe their music pretty accurately: "We play real death metal with doom nuances. We play slow and sometimes fast". Also check out this enthusiastic review from Cvlt nation and listen to the music of course. It is good.


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Tagged with 2010, death metal, doom metal, Swallowed

November 8, 2011

The Gathering - West Pole


The Gathering - West Pole from 2009 was a return to playing guitar driven music again, it was also the first album with new vocalist Silje Wergeland. Not metal, but all in all a solid album with post-rockish guitars, outstanding bass playing and some nice and warm melodies. Read the reviews from Sputnikmusik and AllMusic and check it out.


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There's a free download of a new track from the band here.

Tagged with 2009, rock, The Gathering, triprock

Electro Quarterstaff - Gretzky


Electro Quarterstaff's Gretzky from 2006 was added to the Willowtip Bandcamp. An Instrumental mix of highly technical death metal and trash. Check out the reviews from Sputnikmusic and Metal Review.


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Tagged with 2006, death metal, Electro Quarterstaff, grindcore, Willowtip

November 7, 2011

Misery - From Where The Sun Never Shines


Photo by Carmelo Española.

Misery - From Where The Sun Never Shines is raw and heavy-as-fuck crust with some fantastic bass riffage. Apparently these guys have been around since 1987, they certainly don't seem to be slowing down! Here's a review from Old Punks Never Die.


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Tagged with 2011, Carmelo Española, crust, metal, Misery, punk

Deus Otiosus - Murderer


Deus Otiosus is a death metal band from Denmark (yay). Their album Murderer is solid death metal with elements of trash and black metal. It's old school in that it isn't a display of technicality, it also has a nice fat production with some seriously crunchy guitars. Read the review from Lurkers Path and one from The Metal Archives.


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Tagged with 2010, black metal, death metal, Deus Otiosus, thrash

November 6, 2011

Palace of Worms - Lifting the Veil



Palace of Worms's Lifting the Veil was originally released on tape by Flenser Records, and has now been made available as a free download on the band's own Bandcamp. Raw, piously orthodox black metal as mentioned in this review from Lurkers Path. And check out that sad little fella, all lifting that veil. Isn't he a little cute?


Tagged with 2010, black metal, free download, Palace of Worms

Dark Forest - Dawn of Infinity


Dark Forest's new album Dawn of Infinity was released on the Cruz Del Sur Bandcamp. Catchy traditional Heavy Metal with Iron Maiden style dueling guitars. I found an early review at The Metal Archives.


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Tagged with 2011, Cruz Del Sur Music, Dark Forest, heavy metal, new wave of british heavy metal

Sulaco - Tearing Through The Roots


Willowtip added Sulaco's Tearing Through The Roots from 2006 to their Bandcamp. This is highly technical grindcore mixed with vicious death metal. Read the reviews from exclaim.ca and Metal Review and check it out.


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Sulcao has their own Bandcamp here where you can download a single track from each of their albums.

Tagged with 2006, death metal, grindcore, Sulaco, Willowtip

November 5, 2011

GoreGazm - The Aporkalypse


The story needs to be told...
The year is 2086, Planet Earth is under attack by an unknown alien force referred to as the pig people from Planet Zorg. In an assault led by the pig-lord General Barbatus, the space-pigs slaughter millions of people within the first few hours, and broadcast an ultimatum to the human race. Submit to slavery or die. Unbeknownst to mankind, the pig people have visited planet earth nearly three thousand years ago, using a calculated approach to steer civilization into overpopulation by introducing basic technologies and sciences to nations across the globe. Throughout history, all the evidence was refuted and regarded as a hoax, until the day the pigs returned once the planet had enough protein and sentience. A rebel band of resistance fighters known only as 'The Pig Whisperers' went to see the oracle, witch doctor from the third world. Hoping to find an answer on how to liberate their race, she told them that the only way to prevent this attack is to go back in time and warn the world, through a mystical ritual that involes time-incarnation. 'The Pig Whisperers' were immediately born a hundred years earlier and recieved frequent visions from the oracle in one clear message: be prophets of the aporkalypse by any means necessary. Drawn together to tell the world of the fate of mankind, GoreGazm introduces their first chronicle ‘The Aporkalypse’. On sale 4 November 2011.

The GoreGazm Bandcamp is closed now. It appears the pig people has won...

Tagged with 2011, apocalyptic, closed Bandcamp, GoreGazm, metal, pigs

Valdur - Lightning Swords of Death split



Valdur have added their part of the split with Lightning Swords of Death to their Bandcamp. Straight up dynamic black metal. The split was reviewed by Teeth of the Divine.

You should also check out their excellent full-length Raven God Amongst Us. Here's a review of that one from Metal Review.


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Tagged with 2009, black metal, death metal, free download, Valdur

November 3, 2011

Cyclamen - Senjyu



Cyclamen's Senjyu from 2010 is a mix of dexterous progressive tinted metal and beautiful noise-pop. And some huge post-rock crescendos. And some jazz. And some stoner rock... Better read the reviews from Heavy Blog is Heavy and Don't Count on it Reviews, and check it out below.


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Tagged with 2010, ambient, Cyclamen, free download, post-rock, progressive metal

Uneven Structure - Februus



Basick Records have released Februus the new album by Uneven Structure to their Bandcamp. The is progressive metal of the djent variety without some of the trappings of that genre: The clean singing in the ambient parts is actually nice and the drummer knows how to let the songs breathe.

The production is also excellent, no matter how many layers of djenty stuff they pile on top of the songs, you can always hear the clear and natural sounding rhytm section. Read more in the reviews from No Clean Singing and Don't Count on it Reviews


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Tagged with 2011, ambient, Basick Records, progressive metal, Uneven Structure

November 2, 2011

Omitir - Cotard



Omitir's Cotard was released on the The Path Less Traveled Records Bandcamp. Omitir is a one-man band from Portugal who plays a particular interesting take on black metal, interspersing the raw blackness with ambient jazz pieces. In the words of The Path Less Traveled Records label owner: Check it if you like black metal with saxophones and shit.

And the last track "Fase VII - Belle Indiference" is a haunting black metal ballad!


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Tagged with 2011, black metal, Omitir, The Path Less Traveled Records

Dim Mak - Knives Of Ice



Willowtip has added Dim Mak's Knives Of Ice from 2006 to their Bandcamp. Catchy technical death metal with good quality riffing. And amazing drumming by new member John Longstreth of Origin fame. Sometimes all you need is a good yelling at like in the menacing "Devil Finding Mirror"
It Sees You And You Are Ugly
It Sees You And You Are Scarred With Lies
It Sees You And You Are Wicked
It Sees You And You Have Shifting Eyes

Liar, Liar Set Your Soul On Fire, Liar Liar
Fire Fire Set Your Soul On Fire
Dig into these two short reviews from Last Rites ("the riffs on this album are absolutely astounding") and AllMusic ("drummer John Longstreth is a virtual one-man speed clinic"), and off course the music itself.


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Tagged with 2006, death metal, Dim Mak, Willowtip

November 1, 2011

Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings


Artwork by Sean Schock

The new Mournful Congregation album The Book of Kings is available on the 20 Buck Spin Bandcamp. One of the reasons I don't write proper reviews for the blog is that I'm not very good at it - they would be littered with "great", "fantastic" and that old cliche "crushing". But let me just say this about The Book of Kings: It's great, it's fantastic and it crushes.

The title track is just huge in every sense, over half an hour of the most sorrowful and majestic funeral doom there is.


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Tagged with 20 Buck Spin, 2011, doom metal, funeral doom metal, Mournful Congregation

Lauderdale - Life's a Beach



Lauderdale's Life a Beach popped up as a recommendation after downloading Fuck The Facts' Misery (Topos Das from FtF is the producer of Life's a Beach). Lauderdale plays weird and fascinating grind / doom of sorts with an interesting use of samples. Here's a thorough review of the album from American Aftermath, according to which:
"The band is comprised of three prison inmates (two former, one still incarcerated) known only as #8478, #8744 and #2837. They recorded their debut album, Life’s a Beach almost entirely in prison facilities ... don’t expect to see any shows or tours because “they seemingly do not like each other and do not get along""

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Fun fact: All the songs on Life's a Beach are named after non-metal bands from the '90s...

Tagged with 2008, free download, grindcore, Lauderdale, noise

October 30, 2011

Talbot - EOS


Artwork by Jarmo Nuutre.

Doomsday at Metal Bandcamp ends (!) with the Estonian duo Talbot. Their Bandcamp pretty accurately describe their music as "heavy riffs meets the icy beauty" - on EOS the use of ambient electronics works well together with the down-tuned riffing. Read the Doommantia review and check it out below.


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Tagged with 2010, doom metal, free download, stoner metal, Talbot

The House of Capricorn - In the Devil's Days


Artwork by Jamie Saint Merat

Doomsday continues with The House of Capricorn - In the Devil's Days. They switch between traditional gloomy doom and more up-tempo stoner metal. I like the vocals, but they are quite different than the usual for those genres, Here are reviews from The Obelisk and Don't Count On It Reviews.


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Tagged with 2011, doom metal, stoner metal, The House of Capricorn

Bell Witch - Bell Witch Demo 2011



The end is near! Today is doomsday at Metal Bandcamp! (inspired by this Metal Briefs: The Doom Edition post from Full Metal Attorney)

Bell Witch is a two-member band. Adrian Guerra on drums and vocals, and Dylan Desmond on bass and vocals. They play funeral doom that is both epic and stripped down at the same time. Check out the fantastic (and long!) track Mayknow, the clean vocals make is sound almost like a doom hymn. Reviews of Bell Witch Demo 2011 from Doommantia and Cvlt Nation


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Tagged with 2011, Bell Witch, funeral doom metal, sludge metal