EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Lesser Glow – “Toba”

Ghost Cult has been long time fans of Boston’s Lesser Glow, a band you need to know in 2020. The band melds a Funeral Doom dirges, with a Death Metal bands’ mastery of their instruments, and the dynamics of post-Rock. They will release their next full-length album later this month, Nullity, via the great Pelagic Records label on May 29th. Ghost Cult is proud to bring you their new single, ‘Toba’, which is harrowing, sorrowful, beautiful, and heroic sounding, all at once. Jam out to this apocalyptic track right now! Continue reading

AHAB to Release New Live Album, “Live Prey” Coming Soon

Funeral Doom band AHAB will unleash a new live album Live Prey, their first, due out this out June 26, 2020 via Napalm Records. The album was recorded live via at Death Row Fest 2017 in Jena, Germany. Pre-Orders are coming soon. You can watch the trailer right now! Continue reading

Kurokuma – Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol 1

 

A cold Yorkshire wind blows through the speakers before a tapped out bass line floats along. It’s immediately reminiscent of the hammered-on, happy-go-lucky turned sinister oddity of Primus’ ‘Here Come The Bastards’, and forms the lilting lynchpin of the song. Quickly, ‘RVN’ becomes a colossal Stoner Metal riff barrage, filled with the same grooving bounce the bass line laid out. Suddenly any quirkiness that evoked feelings of Primus is dissipated, and in its place, a muscular yet peculiar creature is presented. This is Kurokuma. Continue reading

Evoken – Hypnagogia

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? If gothic atmosphere and moodiness is what you crave, Evoken have got you covered on Hypnagogia (Profound Lore). I mean this thing is moodier than a Type O Negative single on antidepressants while coping with self-image issues. All in all, if your wardrobe is as black as Ted Cruz’s heart and hobbies include strolling through cemeteries may I highly recommend Hypnagogia.

And possibly getting some sunlight from time to time. Continue reading

Vouna Streams New Album In Full, Due Out This Week

Synth-driven Funeral Doom and Wolves In The Throne Room protegees Vouna are streaming their entire new album before you can buy it. Releasing this Friday through Artemisia Records, the label forged by Aaron and Nathan Weaver of WITTR. Jam out to the awesomeness below. Vouna is on the road this week on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading

Vouna Shares New Single, New Album Coming Soon

Synth-driven funeral doom band Vouna has signed with Wolves In the Throne Room’s Artemisia Records. They are the first band chosen specifically by WITTR to release music on their label, besides themselves. If that is not enough endorsement for you, the music is killer. Their self-titled debut comes out in November, but you can listen to the first single, ‘Drowning City’, right now. Continue reading

Amarok – Devoured

It’s taken eight years for US tortured Doom activists Amarok to create an album but, finally, here it is. With four tracks clocking in at almost 70 minutes you know that Devoured (Translation Loss) is going to be a long ride, but the news here is that it’s an emotionally draining one also. Continue reading

Slow – V – Oceans

I find that either when I am feeling down or when in the deepest parts of winter here in Massachusetts (who am I kidding, those two things are one in the same), that depressive music can help. With that said, the project known simply as, Slow, returns with the fifth chapter of atmospheric depression, entitled V – Oceans (code666/Aural Music). The Belgian seemingly solo project (technically a second member has been added on as of last year who is a lyricist) has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to funeral doom with some amazing atmosphere framing the whole sound. Continue reading

Monarch – Never Forever

The cover art to Never Forever (Profound Lore) sums up pretty well what to expect from Monarch’s latest album; a black and white inverted crucifix fashioned from butterflies, dark and ominous juxtaposed with beauty. The symbolism of the butterfly hinting that this is going to be a tour of the darker recesses of the human psyche. Continue reading

Wolvserpent – Aporia:Kāla:Ananta

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We’re only at the beginning of March and thanks to Boise, Idaho’s Wolvserpent, we may already have one of the more unique and interesting metal releases this year. The list of adjectives that could be used to describe Aporia:Kāla:Ananta (Relapse Records) is absolutely endless. Ranging from haunting, beautiful, destructive, the list goes on. This album can only be described as an album that looks to fill you with utter darkness. The first emotion it will evoke however will be of curiosity. Aporia:Kāla:Ananta clocks in at just over forty minutes long, and at first glance you‘ll notice it is just one track. Yes, Aporia:Kāla:Ananta is just a forty minute song. Can we expect to see Aporia:Kāla:Ananta performed in it’s entirety on the road fairly soon?


Aporia:Kāla:Ananta starts with a build up of a looming atmospheric tension eventually being paired with a dreary violin. You feel as you’re floating through an inescapable bleakness that slowly surrounds and engulfs you. Taking the trash out late at night while enjoying Aporia:Kāla:Ananta on my iPod, I felt like I could have been on a movie set with the monster in the woods stalking it’s prey. Once Aporia:Kāla:Ananta reaches the seven minute mark, we hit a change of pace. A constant snare keeping pace, the atmosphere is building to what feels like the climax of a blockbuster. A subtle recitation of growls flowing with the marching snare and rhythmic violin leaving you mesmerized.

Like any climax all there is left after is the decent. The next few minutes have an ambience that feel like you’re falling into pure darkness. Further down the rabbit hole backing drones with light percussion and a haunting violin drag you straight down until the composition of your inner demons comes to an end. You’re then grabbed by the throat by pure despair. Funeral Doom metal at it’s finest. Dreary droning, echoing shrieks, dark ambience, this is clearly the soundtrack of your demise. The last twenty minutes continue with a droning doom. At times it feels like moments are drawn out too long but never in a negative way. Aporia:Kāla:Ananta has clearly been drawing out all emotion.

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Aporia:Kāla:Ananta to me seems like an interesting album to recommend to others. You definitely need to be open-minded to appreciate the composition before you reach the Funeral / Drone / Doom Metal. The album as a whole is quite a bleak listen. Wolvserpent has essentially perfected the art of what being buried alive and eventually realizing you are doomed must sound like.

7.5/10

DEREK RIX

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