Spanish Sludge band Rosy Finch will release their brand new album Scarlet tomorrow, and Ghost Cult is bringing you the full album stream. For those unfamiliar with the band, they will immediately remind you of similar uncompromising, eclectic and heavy bands like Kylesa, Acid King, Baroness (old-school), early Mastodon and Le Butcherettes too. Scarlet was recorded and mixed at Red Records Studio and Surnia Records with mastering handled by producing legend Billy Anderson (Neurosis). Jam out the album right now! Continue reading
Formed in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, doomsters Holy Grove follow-up their 2016 debut Holy Grove (Heavy Psych Sounds) with the rather imaginatively titled Holy Grove II (Ripple Music). Thankfully, the music contained on this weighty slab of metal is far more inventive than its moniker, as the band delivers five mighty tracks of absorbing progressive Cosmic Doom. Continue reading
California Stoner-rock and doom band Castle has signed with Ripple Music for the release of their new album, Deal Thy Fate. The album is coming out on October 19th, on vinyl, limited edition vinyl, CD and all digital services. Recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) and follows 2016’s Welcome To The Graveyard release. Jam the title track of the new album right now in this teaser trailer! Continue reading
Southern rock apostles Iron Tongue have signed to Neurot Recordings, and are bringing their debut full-length album, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown, to bear on May 27th. Continue reading
One track spanning a massive 83 minutes is going to be an intimidating listen no matter which artist spawned it, but when that track is as grief-stricken, slow-building, and earth-shatteringly heavy as Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore), it’s going to take more time and patience than some people can muster. Given the deserved attention, however, Mirror Reaper is easily one of the most breath-taking releases of the year. This is a tribute to a departed friend, burdened by bereavement but tragically beautiful, and is not for the faint of heart. Continue reading
Seattle based doom band Bell Witch have announced their new full-length album, Mirror Reaper, their third, due out this October 20th via Profound Lore Records. Details below. Continue reading
Doom tends to be somewhat formulaic, it’s part of its gloomy charm. To be appreciated fully it’s generally best to be played at skeleton shaking volume. As a whole the genre isn’t particularly suited for records unless you happen to have a wall of cabinets in your house raring and ready to give your neighbours tinnitus. Ommadon’s eponymously titled album on Dry Cough Records follows that doom formula very well. Fleshed out with production from Billy Anderson meaning that the tone is excellent throughout both tracks.
The problem sets in somewhat with the fact that as it’s a two-piece instrumental doom act, they’ve kind of played themselves into a corner. What they do is good, but there’s not really all that much which they can do to make it stand out from the many other doom bands playing the same standard ‘bumbum bumbum BAAAM’ doom riff.
By foregoing vocals, the focus goes entirely onto the music to carry the emotion of the piece and unfortunately no matter how good the tone or the performance the standard hit the guitar/drums, wait, repeat formula just lacks an emotional depth after hearing it repeated for half an hour.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t have merit, with the tone and competency I would imagine this really comes into its own live, with the benefit of much higher volume, a mesmerised audience filling a small sweaty venue on a dreek day. Then it would have relevance and connect with the listener.
However, on record there’s nothing really hear which separates it from any other doom band I’ve heard. What it does is competent, with a great tone. However, there’s little to make it stand out from the crowd.
A Dracula Track Listing:
01: Rursumque Alucarda
02: Behold, The Daughter
03: I Am Haunted
04: Gypsy Cursem
05: Deny The Savior
06: Mark Of Jubilee
07: Rursumque Adracula
08: Raped By The Serpent
Beneath Oblivion have confirmed their upcoming May tour. The band has a number of new releases on the way, including plans to record a new full-length with Billy Anderson in the Fall. They recently recorded two brand new, as-yet-untitled tracks will be limited to fifty cassette copies and available throughout the tour.
May 10: Geno’s – Portland, ME
May 11: Nectars – Burlington, VT
May 12: Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT
May 13: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
May 14: The Pinch – Washington, DC
May 15: The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
May 16: Rain Dogs – Jacksonville, FL
May 17: 1982 Bar – Gainesville, FL
May 18: Ashley Street Station – Valdosta, GA
May 19: Atlanta Death Fest – Atlanta, GA
May 20: Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
May 21: 25 Watt – Richmond, VA
Sample a taste of the heavy ahead of the record’s release date with a five-minute video teaser which finds Tad Doyle presenting an in-depth look at the impetus in creating Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, the tracking process and the weighty themes that bind the record. Watch the video teaser HERE. And check out opening hymn, “Lava,” still streaming HERE.
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth was captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al). Thrusting forth five hauntingly heavy tracks, with two bonus hymns included on the CD edition the offering serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s audio manifestations are welcomingly unfamiliar, splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track. Their long-form pieces present the kind of mature ideas and expansive progressions that outpace the listener’s short-term memory leading them off the proverbial map; familiar landmarks like sludge, post-metal, rock all but disappeared over the horizon. Authentic and authoritative, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is as much a persistent thudding body punch of sonic destructive force as it is a thoughtful statement of awareness and the inescapable raw condition of life.
They have booked an upcoming show:
Apr 18: The Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA