Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Howling Wind – Into the Cryosphere



The Howling Wind's Into the Cryosphere was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. Very heavy and sludgy black metal. Read the Allmusic review and a great stream of consciousness review from That's How Kids Die.
"...this is a blasphemous blizzard of filthy occult energy, the frozen corpse of black metal stuffed with dope, crammed into a blast chiller and then violently yanked out, pissed on, and set ablaze".

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Tagged with 2010, black metal, Profound Lore Records, The Howling Wind

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whitehorse - Progression



I got a heads up on Whitehorse's Progression from The Obelisk. Heard one track and I was sold. The review states that Progression is an album that inflicts "its dreary, darkened atmospherics well beyond the point of oppression", and this is truly dark doom with cavernous death metal growls, harsh blackened screams, and droney noises and electronics. The last song "Time Worn Regression" is a great example of how Whitehorse creates a crushing atmosphere by gradually adding more and more layers of noise, until it becomes almost too intense. Check it out below. Here are a few more reviews from Metal Archives and Cvlt Nation.


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Tagged with 2011, doom metal, drone, sludge metal, Whitehorse

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chaos Frame - Another Life



Chaos Frame's Another Life mixes progressive metal technicality with a power metal sense of drama and melody. Stellar musicianship, especially in the soloing and drumming department. Synths are there to accompany, not dominate. The clean vocals are occasionally a little off, and the harsh ones could be better (but are used sparingly). Check out the reviews from Blistering and Metal Archives, and give it a spin.


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Check out this YouTube clip, a blazing version of Kate Perry's I Kissed a Girl by one of the members of Chaos Frame.

Tagged with 2011, Chaos Frame, progressive metal

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hot Fog - Wyvern and Children First


"Wyvern Skull" graphic by Alan Forbes

Sometimes you need your metal to be fun and awesome, and Hot Fog are happy to oblige. Cosmo Lee plugged Wyvern and Children First in a Decibel column:
"The riffs are rough and ready; the vocals are rough and sometimes unready. But mostly it’s hot rockin’ times from dudes who appreciate the art of the harmony lead".
Listen to Death Killers below and enjoy the tasty NWOBHM riffage, and some great heavy metal screams. Click the player to let Hot Fog Kill You In The Face!


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Tagged with 2010, free download, heavy metal, Hot Fog

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough



Krallice's second album Dimensional Bleedthrough from 2009 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp (their debut album from 2008 is also available). In the comments to this review from Metal Review it was called "Mastodon gone black". That does sound good doesn't it?


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Tagged with 2009, avant-garde black metal, black metal, Krallice, Profound Lore Records

Friday, September 23, 2011

Altar of Plagues - White Tomb

Altar of Plagues' White Tomb from 2009 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. The journey begins when the evocative opening chords of "Earth: As a Womb" explodes in powerful blastbeats, and the words Who will guard these hills? Those which are abandoned. Those which are exhausted.


Altar of Plagues' White Tomb from 2009 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. The journey begins when the evocative opening chords of "Earth: As a Womb" explodes in powerful blastbeats, and the words
Who will guard these hills?
Those which are abandoned.
Those which are exhausted.
Everything is collapsing, can you see it?
Awareness will come slow, if at all.
This is hypnotic and epic black metal. Aggressive and experimental. Not of the forest or the land, but of the city. Quoth the Autothrall:
"The imagery conjured through Altar of Plagues is not one of abandoned forests and mountains, but the dark and forgotten underbelly of urbane, mundane existence, transformed into a dark beauty often overlooked".
But as the lyrics implies it is a beauty that is on the brink of falling apart. Perhaps the destruction is needed, and the journey isn't a way forward, but a way back. As Last Rites puts it, back to
"the inevitable and necessitous rebirth of our Mother Earth."


Tagged with 2009, Altar of Plagues, post-black metal, Profound Lore Records

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saros - Acrid Plains



Profound Lore Records have been busy updating their Bandcamp and I will add some of the new releases to Metal Bandcamp starting with this post. First up is Saros' Acrid Plains from 2008. This Invisible Oranges review calls it a "mix of hope and despair, sunshine and fog, dirt and water". I really like the mix of progressive rock, black metal and shoegaze, this one goes straight on to the must-buy list.

Update: I bought it and Acrid Plains became a favorite. For some reason Profound Lore has now changed the album to be streaming only. Listen to my favorite song from the album below. Adrien Begrand from PopMatters has this to say about it:
"the band never meanders, and nowhere does this become more evident than on the 12-and-a-half-minute closer “The Sky Will End Soon”, which shifts beautifully from folk-influenced metal reminiscent of Agalloch to expressive solos by Ben Aguilar and more of those sumptuous vocals by Leila Abdul-Rauf".

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Tagged with 2008, death metal, Profound Lore Records, progressive death metal, Saros

Vit - -



A live review at No Clean Singing made me check out Vit's album "-" from 2010. I really like their mix of raw sounding acoustic passages and crunching blackened doom. The grungy and upbeat opener "The Ardour of Saints" is a bit of a smokescreen, the rest of the album is a sludgey soup of constantly changing songs. The production is crisp and leaves lots of room for all the instruments and the vocalists throaty croak. Check it out and read these reviews from Lurker's Path and Sunyata - Mindful Of Metal.


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Update: The Bandcamp player now points to the remastered version of the album from 2012.

Tagged with 2010, black metal, experimental black metal, free download, Vit

Pallbearer - 2010 Demo



One of my Bandcamp favorites is Pallbearer's 2010 Demo. This is flawless melancholic doom with an old school vibe, great guitar solos and killers vocals in the traditional Ozzy style. Here's a review from Lurker's Path.

The last song of the demo is a fantastic cover of the Billie Holiday song "Gloomy Sunday". Pallearer even replaced the last verse with its I-was-only-dreaming-everything-is-ok lyrics with a soaring guitar solo. Doommantia calls it "A great track but the weakest track out of the three tunes on the Pallbearer demo, they are much better at sticking to their own material in my opinion". I disagree, but listen to "Gloomy Sunday" below and judge for yourself, then go to their Bandcamp and hear the rest of 2010 Demo.
Dearest the shadows I live with are numberless
Little white flowers will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought of ever returning you
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday, with shadows I spend it all
My heart and I have decided to end it all
Soon there'll be candles and prayers that are sad I know
Let them not weep let them know that I'm glad to go
Death is no dream for in death I'm caressing you
With the last breath of my soul I'll be blessing you

Gloomy Sunday

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Update: Pallbearer's debut full-length Sorrow and Extinction is now available on the Profound Lore Records Bandcamp.

Tagged with 2010, doom metal, Pallbearer

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mournful Congregation - The Unspoken Hymns



Mournful Congregation's The Unspoken Hymns is a collection of all of the bands four splits over their 15+ year career, plus a cover of Thergothon's "Elemental". It was released on the 20 Buck Spin Bandcamp as a prequel of sorts to their next full-length The Book of Kings.

This is emotional funeral doom characterized by droning guitar passages and simple, but incredibly heavy drumming. Mournful Congregration's take on the genre is dynamic, but off course still incredible slow moving. Here's a review from Doommantia.


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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cut Your Teeth - CYTII



Recently Bandcamp made it possible to add a band biography to the sidebar. Cut Your Teeth did the obvious thing and wrote "WE ARE THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME".

Read the Heavy Blog is Heavy review here, watch the video below, click that play button and listen to the metal!





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Tagged with 2011, Cut Your Teeth, free download, hardcore, trash metal

Lake of Blood - As Tide and Time Erodes Stone



As Tide and Time Erodes Stone consists of two long songs of blistering black metal. This review at Metal Archives mentions both Wolves in the Throne Room and Altar of Plagues. And this one, from The Inarguable, says that Lake of Blood
"take the listener through this post-apocalyptic wasteland that man has created. If you want something both majestic and bestial, look no further".
Here's an interview with Lake of Blood from Lurker's Path.


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Update: As Tide and Time Erodes Stone has now been released on LP by Flenser Records with new album artwork.

Tagged with 2011, atmospheric black metal, black metal, free download, Lake of Blood

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tiger Flowers - Tiger Flowers



The Path Less Traveled Records added the self-titled debut album by Tiger Flowers to their Bandcamp. This is ferocious and metallic hardcore. Read the review by Atanamar Sunyata at Metal Injection.


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Tagged with 2011, grindcore, hardcore, The Path Less Traveled Records, Tiger Flowers

De Profundis - A Bleak Reflection


Photography and Artwork by Darryll Jones

One of my favorites. This review calls Cease To Be a song "of an incredible beauty and intensity" and I agree. I really like the way Craig Land's death metal growl floats on top of the haunting melody:
Submerged in this abyss
Lost in the desolation
Listen to the track below and click the player to go to their Bandcamp. Check out the review from Don't Count on it Reviews.


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Tagged with 2010, De Profundis, death metal, doom metal

Odyssey - An Abstract Existence


Art by Kathryne McKinnon

Odyssey released their new album An Abstract Existence a month ago. They got a great review at The Number Of The Blog. And I agree, An Abstract Existence has a great balance between technical display and instrumental songwriting.



I found this picture in the download package. Nice to see a band that doesn't take itself too seriously. Read this fantastic review from No Clean Singing and enjoy the music.


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Tagged with 2011, Odyssey, progressive metal

Friday, September 16, 2011

Burnsred - Burnsred



Progressive sludge, who would've thought? Doommantia gave it an 8/10 but called it a little too heavy on the experimentation. I'm not the worlds biggest sludge fan, but the combination of sludge and experimentation worked for me.


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Tagged with 2011, Burnsred, doom metal, post-metal, sludge metal

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Laudanum - The Coronation

A growing number of metal labels have set up a Bandcamp. 20 Buck Spin has done a great job integrating theirs with the rest of the website. Check how the releases section has links to the Bandcamp page and notice how the widths of the website pages matches the width of the Bandcamp page


A growing number of metal labels have set up a Bandcamp. 20 Buck Spin has done a great job integrating theirs with the rest of the website. Check how the releases section has links to the Bandcamp page and notice how the widths of the website pages matches the width of the Bandcamp page. It's those small details that make a Bandcamp work with an existing site.

My favorite 20 Buck Spin release at the moment is Laudanum's The Coronation. Some of the of the most gloomy and desperate sounding music I've ever heard. It almost feels wrong to call it beautiful, but it is. Beautiful and crushingly heavy. Here is a great review from Michael Wuensch over at Last Rites, who echoes that sentiment, only much more eloquently "The Coronation ebbs and flows from ominous darkness to clouting heaviness like waves of rumbling sickness".


Tagged with 20 Buck Spin, 2009, doom metal, Laudanum, noise, sludge metal

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sioum - I Am Mortal, But Was Fiend


Art by Shannon Poehlman

Sioum was recommended by Cloudkicker after downloading his fantastic album Beacons. Those recommendations can be a hit and miss affair, but I Am Mortal, But Was Fiend was definitely a hit! Later I read an interview with Sioum where they said "The three of us really love his music. We feel we could get an awesome sound going if we worked together". And that makes a lot of sense when you hear their music.

Check out this well written review from Sputnikmusic. Currently Sioum is focusing on writing music and promoting, because their drummer Arthur Zdrinc was diagnosed with tennis elbow. Here's to a speedy recovery for Arthur, and maybe this means we get to hear new music from them in the near future.


Tagged with 2010, free download, post-metal, Sioum

Giant of the Mountain - Mother Hydra



A review on the now defunct The Number of the Blog alerted me to the fact that Giant of the Mountain had just released their new album Mother Hydra to their Bandcamp. The review (which is now found on The Metal Archives states that "The mix on this album is very raw, which might be off-putting to some [but] the rougher production adds a certain amount of charm to things". I agree; it is a little odd, but certainly charming to hear music this progressive/technical adorned with such a lo-fi production.

And the band does mention on the Bandcamp page that Mother Hydra was "written, recorded, produced, mixed, mastered, farted on, and barfed by Giant of the Mountain".


Tagged with 2011, free download, Giant of the Mountain, technical death metal

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Turbid North - Orogeny



Turbid North added the entire the entire Orogeny album the their Bandcamp page. Epic and melodic death metal or "Awesome Alaskan mountain metal from the heart of Texas" as summarized in this review from Sputnikmusic. A characterization that certainly fits the gorgeous cover artwork by Adam Rydlinski.


Tagged with 2010, death metal, groove metal, Turbid North

Embers - Shadows


Art by Kelly Nelson from Embers

The esteemed Full Metal Attorney reviewed reviewed Embers' fantastic album Shadows, and his words are the only ones you really need:
"Picture the last smoldering remnants of a great fire, a destructive force depleted by exhaustion. At times, it crackles, threatening resurgence, and new fires ignite in the distance, burning and killing with the capriciousness of nature. Now imagine the soundtrack to that scene."
The image he conjures matches perfectly with lyrics like the one to "Dreams".
Into the new dawn, I come alone into the world
A light in my eye dances with the shadow in my heart
Pondering I sit in silence while wings flap unseen in the morning mist
Listen to "Dreams" and the rest of the album below. Embers did not add the lyrics to their Bandcamp, so I collected them in a pdf file which you can download here..


Tagged with 2011, black metal, crust, doom metal, Embers, free download

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wiht - Edgar the Atheling



"Welcome to the blog."

What you are reading now is an updated version of the inaugural post on Metal Bandcamp. Originally this post featured Wiht's only full-length album The Harrowing of the North, but alas the band removed it from Bandcamp after they split up a few years later (Devouter Records gave the album the vinyl treatment, and if you're curious you can stream it on their Bandcamp page). According to The Obelisk on The Harrowing of the North Wiht
"culls together heavy sludge tonality and foreboding atmospherics to tell the story of William the Conqueror’s quelling of a Scottish rebellion in the late 1060s. With no vocals."
In 2015 Wiht reformed and started playing shows again, and in the summer they released a new song "Edgar the Atheling" which you can listen to below. The new song is a continuation of sorts of their debut, as the band explains:
"The Harrowing of the North told the story of the raids from the point of the view of William the Conqueror, this next piece of music we are doing follows on from that but tells the story of the raids from the point of the view of rebels."


Tagged with 2011, doom metal, free download, post-metal, stoner metal, Wiht