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