Archive for September, 2013

Album of the Day: Windhand – Soma

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from ScratchtheSurface Webzine: There are enough female-fronted doom-based bands around anymore that it almost becomes its own subgenre. You could probably name a half-dozen in the blink of an eye.

While the gender behind the mic is essentially irrelevant there is something about a beautiful female voice countering unfathomable heaviness that enhances the feelings of sorrow and mourning (and sometimes evil) that the best doom evokes from the listener. That being said, the latest voice to grace our ears over crushing doom this year is Dorthia Cottrell on Windhand’s latest, Soma.


The Virginia group’s Relapse debut is nothing short of transcendental. You’ll likely see that word a lot in regards to Soma but that’s because it’s true. The tones alone on this record are enough to induce out of body experiences and carry the listener away. Guitarists Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan (ex-Alabama Thunderpussy) along with new bassist Parker Chandler (Cough) put on a veritable clinic in amp-worship.

Monstrously deep and vibratory tone solidifies into dominant doom riffs thick with bong resin. And I hope drummer Ryan Wolfe (The Mighty Could) has good sponsors because he abuses that kit with admirable ferocity and impeccable timing.

Monumental riffs and gorgeous vocal melodies are the order of the day. They’re deceptively catchy, and coupled with the stoner-friendly groove, they pull you in with all the power of a black hole. Once you’ve fallen into its embrace, escape is impossible.

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The Day After The Sabbath Vol 91: Forced Landing Posted Online

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich’ aim to reveal the secret world of bands that were inspired by the early psychedelic, doom and hard rock greats but were too short-lived, un-commercial or just plain unlucky […]

Album of the day: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Perhaps A Storm of Light mastermind Josh Graham is best known as the former visual artist for Neurosis, but the multi-talented Graham has now turned his focus exclusively to ASOL. Graham has taken everything he’s learned from previous experience and joined forces once again with […]

Album of the Day: Sleestak – Book of Hours

Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Recorded in Spring 2013 at the same Bobby Peru’s Recording Studio as their 2011 The Fall of Altrusia full-length, by the same engineer, Shane Olivo, the new Book of Hours EP is nonetheless a stylistic shift in course from Milwaukee-based prog-doomers Sleestak. Where that album […]

Tune In and ‘Burn On: Roadburn Festival 2013 Audio Streams (Elder, Pallbearer, Spiritual Beggars, The Ruins of Beverast and Witch Mountain Among Others)

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Roadburn 2013 was an extravaganza of great bands from Astra  to Witch Mountian. Sometimes, trying to decide between shows (or get into the Green Room or Het Patronaat) was as hellish as anything screened during the Electric Acid Orgy Grindhouse Cinema. And if you couldn’t make it at all, well… […]

Album of the Day: Ulver – Messe I.X – VI.X

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Using the word “incomparable” to describe a band is something that has become all too commonplace. Such are the multi-layered inferences behind the attribution of such a term to an artist that it is one of the few adjectives of its type that really […]

Album of the Day: Anciients – Heart of Oak

Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The Season of Mist debut from Vancouver metal act Anciients, titled Heart of Oak, is one that is going to get a lot of people talking. Yes, it’s extreme metal, and it’s certainly progressive, but then again Heart of Oak is so much more, […]

Album of the Day: Luder – Adelphophagia

Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Luder’s first album, Sonoluminescence was a journalist’s dream allowing the writer to throw a plethora of adjectives at the wall and see what stuck…dreamy, dark, sensual, grungy, pop, cinematic, atmospheric, ethereal… etc. The album all at once defied yet prompted description with its scope […]

A Roadburn Welcome To Incubate

Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013

Our kindred spirits at Incubate are ready to unveil the latest edition of their annual festival next week. From 16 – 22 September, Incubate will bring more than 200 cutting edge artists to Tilburg (NL). The festival celebrates indie culture in music, visual arts, film and contemporary dance. Black metal, […]

Album of the Day: The Old Wind – Feast On Your Gone

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Tomas Liljedahl may or may not be familiar to some of you here but if not he was the former vocalist for legendary post hardcore act Breach but has been away from the live scene dealing with some demons, something we all know about I […]