ALBUM REVIEW: Eyehategod – A History Of Nomadic Behavior


 

Released almost exactly a year to the day from the Coronavirus outbreak being officially declared a global pandemic, Louisiana sludge merchants Eyehategod take the last twelve painful months and turn them into a forty-minute outburst of depressive rage and explosive nihilistic aggression.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Thronehammer – Incantation Rites


 

For the most part, Thronehammer’s second full-length is poised to offer the same colossal Battle Doom as 2019’s Usurper Of The Oaken Throne. Incantation Rites (Supreme Chaos Records) features a similarly expansive runtime at seventy-five minutes long with the individual songs putting in the same mix of drawn-out lengths and monolithic tempos. This continuation would raise concerns of recessing into stagnancy, but the band hones their focus while picking up a couple of new tricks along the way.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip



Funny, before writing this review I had just finished a very interesting conversation about Swedish bands with someone as passionate as I am for Swedish music and we concluded that there must be something about being born in Scandinavia that automatically increases your chances of being good at making music. Spelljammer proves this point with their latest effort Abyssal Trip (RidingEasy Records). An equally catchy, beautiful, heavy, and dark album that brings a scenario that can be only compared as being a collection of BlackSabbath’s darkest, twisted tracks but heavier and more melodic. And it’s impossible not talking about Black Sabbath when talking about a Stoner/Doom Metal band, but this Swedish trio can easily be in the same conversation.

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REVIEWS ROUNDUP: John The Baptist, Conviction, and Phantom Druid


John The Baptist – John The Baptist (1/3)

Following in the footsteps of their fellow Finns in Reverend Bizarre, John The Baptist’s self-titled debut pushes Doom Metal to its most excruciating limits. Befitting the incredibly drawn-out track lengths and overall runtime, the tempos crawl at an agonizingly glacial pace with the climactic speedups coming up as long overdue rarities. The production is raw without getting too lo-fi as the guitars and bass sit in near equal prominence while the vocals aim for an unhinged, operatic character. It’s decently made but also seems designed to have next to no appeal beyond the deepest of niches.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Demon Head – Viscera


 

With the release of their fourth full-length, Demon Head has gone from a particularly rustic Occult Doom band to full-on Goth Rock with a few sparse Doom elements. Glossy guitars and Robert Smith-esque vocals among other elements became prominent with 2019’s Hellfire Ocean Void and Viscera (Metal Blade Records) pushes them to an even further extent. But while this album should feel like the culmination of a well-realized evolution, the results are those of an unfortunately awkward misstep.

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Conan Shares New Live Video for “Hawk As A Weapon” – Live Album Incoming


Doom Metal legends Conan will release a live album, Live At Freak Valley, on March 12, 2021 via Napalm Records. Following their 2013 live album, recorded at Roadburn festival, and the self-released Live At Bannermans, their third live album could not have been recorded at a better place than Freak Valley Festival. Pre-orders are live below. Watch a performance clip for “Hawk As A Weapon” now!

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Greenleaf Shares New Single/Video for “Tides” – New Album Due This Spring


Swedish Stoner Doom band Greenleaf has announced their new full-length album, Echoes From A Mass, due out March 26 via Napalm Records! The album is the successorto their 2018 release, Hear The Rivers, the ever-evolving band continues to reshape the genre with thor proggy, psychedelic stoner jams and this new album is the next chapter. Check out the video for the lead single “Tides” right now!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: WitchTit – “Crimson Tide”


Ghost Cult is proud to present the brand new music video for Doom Metal band WitchTit’s current single, “Crimson Tide!” Coming out of the deep Raleigh, North Carolina metal scene with their saw blade riffs and other-worldly vocals, the band seamlessly melds the classic tones of the genre, a flair for Heavy Metal grooves, with a modern touch, all at once. Shot and edited by director Patrick Wigington, the trippy performance video will definitely set the mood for your smoke and jam sessions during these unforgiving winter months. The track comes off of their upcoming new album, Intoxicating Lethargy, due out on March 12th, 2021. Watch “Crimson Tide” right now!

 

Intoxicating Lethargy tracklisting:

01 WitchTit – Silver Tongue

02 WitchTit – Crimson Tide

03 WitchTit – Intoxicating Lethargy

04 WitchTit – Traveler

05 WitchTit – Home Invasion

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Asphyx – Necroceros


There was a time where Metal had an ageism problem; the perception prevalent that once heavier bands passed certain milestone birthdays or anniversaries, or wracked a certain number of albums, or miles on the road, they became jaded, watered-down parodies of themselves. The late nineties, and, to be fair, a good chunk of the first decade of this millennium, were not kind to our grizzled veterans, some of whom fed into the prophecy, with stock output outweighing those who could still hold their own.

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