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Album of the Day: Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty of songwriting mettle on their debut album, Out of the Garden.

On it, they pay fervent tribute to early Candlemass and Dio-era Black Sabbath, and already show more personality than many bands who’ve been trying to do this sound for a much longer time.

Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden

Interestingly, the first three songs on Garden almost follow the trajectory of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Candlemass’ first album from 1986. ‘Temple Doors’ is Garden’s Solitude, a lumbering stomp with a slight thrash bent. Doors‘s opening interlude isn’t as iconic as “please let me die in solituuuuuuuude,” but it sets the song’s tone. ‘Heavy Riders’ boasts similarities to ‘Demons Gate’ in that they’re both the meaner, more confident second tracks. What sets ‘Riders’ apart is its biker-like swagger, American toughness to contrast their European influences’ more

Gothic sensibilities. After a moodier opening track, you need a ripper like ‘Riders’ to get momentum going, and it succeeds, with guitarists Steve Jansson and James Lipczynski conjuring up Black Sabbath ‘Neon Knights’ rhythms. ‘Byzantium’ takes pages from Metallicus‘s ‘Crystal Ball’, especially in the high-tension, high-drama opening leads.

While they only last for the introduction, they color the rest of the song, with Jansson and Lipczynski’s trod carrying a more ominous weight. This shift is how subtlety best manifests itself in metal: not by deliberate understating, but by smart songwriting that keeps the album’s vibe intact while giving each song its own character.

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Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]

Album of the Day: Hate & Merda – L’Anno Dell’Odio

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]

Album of the Day: Izah – Sistere

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s time to take on some serious heaviness today. We mean that both from a philosophical and outright dosage standpoint. It’s a bulk, industrial-sized mammoth we’re talking about, and if you can handle this record this week, you can handle anything. Dutch maulers Izah […]

Album of the Day: Gnaw Their Tongues – Collected Atrocities 2005-2008

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Praise for Gnaw Their Tongues‘ Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: For years now we’ve been singing the dark praises of this twisted one man band, whose sound is an ever-shifting sprawl of cinematic blackened noise-doom weirdness. Delivering noxious blurts of industrial crush, wrapped around stately marches and […]

Album of the Day: Fistula – Vermin Prolificus

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Few bands can make you feel like you’re wallowing in a vat of pig shit and be loving every minute of it the way Fistula can. Vermin Prolificus is their latest foray into a world of absolute filth and drug use. Vermin is as sludgy as […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]

Album of the Day: Ruby The Hatchet – Valley of the Snake

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s not necessary for me to always indulge in music that makes me want to fight people or pay homage to the old gods or put me into a psychotic fit of rage. Though that type of music certainly is nice. Now and again, […]

Album of the Day: Anthroprophh – U.F.O.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Dayz of Purple and Orange: Anthroprophh, for the one or two who don’t know, are [former] Heads guitarist Paul Allen with Jesse Webb and Gareth Turner from Big Naturals. Last year’s offering Outside the Circle was a masterpiece in psych / drone noise that rightly made itself […]

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