EP REVIEW: Shooting Daggers – Athames


Any punk fan who has had to suffer through sexism or any form of discrimination knows how cathartic loud, unfiltered music can be. For bands like the UK’s Shooting Daggers, turning that rage into a career is the most effective way to keep their sanity. They appropriately characterize themselves as feminist hardcore punk and queercore, spreading empowering messages that stand against misogyny and abuse with a Riot Grrrl angle. Influenced by G.L.O.S.S., Gel, Turnstile and the like, this trio will give you a mentally productive thirst for thrashing away all your repressed anger and disgust.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Tenebra – “Moongazer”


Italian Stoner Doom band Tenebra will release their stellar new album Moongazer, this week via New Heavy Sounds and Seeing Red Records. Pre-orders are live at the link below. The band is on the verge of breaking through in a crowded scene, sharing their killer grooves, psych rock moments, and hypnotic hooks that fans have been enjoying for years! Not only can the band hang with the best on their own merits, they have a guest guitar spot on “Moon Maiden” – the album’s closer, in theform of none other than Gary Lee Conner of Screaming Trees fame. Read our review here. Ghost Cult brings you this exclusive stream here on the eve of release, so roll one, light it up, turn the volume up high, and enjoy Moongazer!

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REVIEWS ROUND-UP: Stoner Doom Edition ft. Tenebra, Eric Wagner, Domkraft, Slomatics, Ufomammut


Tenebra – Moongazer (New Heavy Sounds / Seeing Red)

There is something evocative about the retro / occult rock of Italian quartet Tenebra that is encapsulated in a most vigorous way on the third track of Moongazer, ‘Black Lace’. A steady, spacious build from jangled, careful chords that takes its time gives room for the powerful smoke-and-whiskey vocals of Silvia to take centre stage, before a Zeppelin-esque vocal-led coda closes things out. It is not the only, nor possibly even the best, song to do this, but as a drawing together of the best elements of the Tenebra sound perhaps serves as their best showpiece. Continue reading


BlackLab Shared New Video for ‘Insanity’, New Album Due Out this Spring


Witchy Japanese Doom band BlackLab will release a new album this spring, Abyss, due out May 8th via New Heavy Sounds. You can catch them at their first show ever outside of Japan at Desertfest London! The group has shared a new video for their new single ‘Insanity’, and you can watch it right now!

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Sky Valley Mistress Shares New Video for “Skull and Pistons”


Rising UK Stoner Rock band Sky Valley Mistress has shared a new video for their song, ‘Skull and Pistons’! The track comes from their debut album, Faithless Rituals, in March on New Heavy Sounds. The video was made at the studio Dave Catching (QOTSA, Iggy Pop) at his Rancho de la Luna studio where the band recorded with Dave. You can watch the video here where Dave also makes an appearance Check it out now! Continue reading


GUEST POST: Sky Valley Mistress – Top 10 Albums of 2019


It’s time for another Ghost Cult “End Of Year” Guest post! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe all month long! We welcome in Sky Valley Mistress! The Blackburn, Lancashire based band will release their debut album next year which they recorded with Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal, and Mojave Lords) at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California on vis special invitation! Their album is coming soon from the New Heavy Sounds label.Continue reading


GUEST POST: Cold In Berlin – Top 10 Albums of 2019


It’s time for another Ghost Cult “End Of Year” Guest post! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe all month long! Today we are lucky to have a list from Cold In Berlin. The band released their new album Rituals of Surrender on October 11th, via New Heavy Sounds and released a new music video for the single ‘Dark Days’ too! Check out their list right now! Continue reading


BlackLab – Under the Strawberry Moon 2.0


 

What is it about Japan that means they can produce such good doom bands? Hailing from Osaka, BlackLab is made up of duo Yuko Morino (guitars, vocals) and Chia Shiraishi (drums). Though technically the pair’s debut, the ‘2.0’ is to highlight the fact this is the band’s original demo give a polish and a re-release on a proper label. The core sound is still intact though; rough around the edges doom with plenty of creepy atmospherics.Continue reading


Grave Lines – Fed Into The Nihilist Engine


Whereas most of the genre plays well within the confines, being an avid fan of the gloomy genre known simply as Doom, I do find occasionally an artist or album that really pushes the boundaries. Grave Lines latest effort, Fed Into The Nihilist Engine (New Heavy Sounds), does just this with an eclectic mix of what I can only describe as Doom Metal with crescendo; post-Metal song structures that sprinkle in some Folk influences as well. Like the instrumentals, the vocals are all over the place too, in a good way. All the changes in sounds and vocals are meticulously crafted and placed to give the album a storybook feel with highs and lows.Continue reading


Black Moth – Anatomical Venus


Anatomical Venus (New Heavy Sounds), the third album from doomy Stoner Rock outfit Black Moth is the sort of album that can get those usually jaded rock critics very excited indeed. It has a number of leitmotifs that tick the proverbial boxes of listeners who tend to like their records to tick their proverbial boxes. If you think there is a “but” coming you’d be right as, for all the effort and invention, Anatomical Venus resolutely remains the sum of its parts. And that, somewhat disappointingly, is this record’s main problem.Continue reading