REVIEWS ROUNDUP: Lucifer, Shi, Crop, and The Lucid Furs


Lucifer Lucifer IV

With Lucifer releasing albums of a consistent style at a workman’s pace, it’s easy to overlook the underlying trajectory that’s been gradually in motion. There’s not much of those Occult Doom roots left on Lucifer IV (Century Media Records) as the band has seemingly completed their transformation from female-fronted Uncle Acid to what sounds like Karen Carpenter singing over KISS riffs. Fortunately, it’s hardly a drastic change as Johanna Sadonis’ sultry croon and the freerolling grooves remain as common denominators.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Scarecrow – Scarecrow II


As with their 2019 full-length debut, Scarecrow’s second full-length album sees the Russian quartet deepen their commitment to a distinctly off-the-cuff, kitchen sink Occult Metal. Scarecrow II (Wise Blood Records) sits on the arcane line between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal best demonstrated by groups like Seventies-era Scorpions and Judas Priest. There are menacing riffs and banshee vocals galore indicative of Classic Metal but also experimental eccentricities that play like holdovers from the Psych Rock era.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Ghost’s – “Opus Eponymous”


One of the great success stories of the last ten years or so, the inexorable rise of occult rockers Ghost has been nothing short of astonishing. From their inception in 2006 and the release of full length debut Opus Eponymous (Rise Above Records) four years later, the act from Linköping have gone on to become one of Sweden’s greatest ever exports.

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REVIEWS ROUND-UP: Crystal Spiders, Duel, Doctor Smoke, and Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf


Crystal SpidersMorieris

With the second Crystal Spiders album, Morieris (Ripple Music), coming out just a year after Molt, it’s fair to say that it picks up where its predecessor left off. The guitar has a more noticeable presence courtesy of producer Mike Dean playing a more hands on role in the proceedings, but the songs remain primarily driven by Brenna Leath’s thumping bass and attitude-filled howls along with Tradd Yancey’s muscular drumming.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jess And The Ancient Ones – Vertigo


For the most part, the fourth album from Jess And The Ancient Ones continues down the low-key approach to Occult Rock that was established on 2017’s The Horse And Other Weird Tales. Just about every song on Vertigo (Svart Records) is driven by a short length, an upbeat structure, and extensive layers of psychedelic instrumentation. Aside from the eleven minutes of the closing ‘Strange Earth Illusion,’ the first two albums’ more drawn-out runtimes seem to be a thing of the past.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Nicarus – “Coal People, Coal Puppets”


Musical artist Nicarus has released a trippy video for the title track of her early 2021 opus, Coal People, Coal Puppets. The record will see a re-release as a fully remastered album later in 2021. For the video, Nicarus imagines “Coal People, Coal Puppets” with a visually striking clip that alternates between color and black and white, calm and menacing, and does justice to the sprawling Doom and post-Grunge epic song. A DIY artist to her core, Nicarus is now matching the visuals to her already compelling music. Watch the clip here!

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Sonic Flower and Church Of Misery Members Stream New Single – “Earthquake”


Japan’s leading psychedelic rock outfit Sonic Flower has collaborated with members of Church Of Misery to unleash a new song taken from their upcoming sophomore album “Rides Again”, set for a January 22nd release on Heavy Psych Sounds. This new single is a cover of Larry Graham’s Graham Central Station track “Earthquake”. Jam it our right now!

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Stoned Jesus to Livestream their “Live at Green Theatre” Show Today


Ukrainian Psychedelic Stoner band Stoned Jesus will stream their 2019 10th anniversary concert today, “Live at Green Theatre” show for fans. They played an intimate concert in Kyiv at the Green Theatre and are now premiering the full live-show exclusively on the Napalm Records YouTube channel, today at 7pm CET. Set your reminders and come back for the show! Continue reading


Old Blood Shares New Video For “Pentahead”


California Psychedelic Doom band Old Blood released their stellar new album Acid Doom (read our review here) this summer on Metal Assault Records, to much acclaim. The band just dropped the new music video for the song “Pentahead” which you can see at the links below. The video is part performance and party creepy vibes that Acid Doom has to spare, and was Directed by Cole Donovan Gunner and Edited by J.F. Stone. Watch it now!Continue reading