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Album of the Day: The Order of the Solar Temple – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: There is something about the retro-sounding rock and metal which just grips you and this Vancouver based trio, created by Matt “Macarbe” Emery, The Order of the Solar Temple has it all. The proto-metal styled sounds of the legendary Blue Öyster Cult with healthy doses of mysticism, esotericism, doom and metal outbursts with falsetto wailings akin to that of King Diamond takes the early and well used philosophy of ‘denim and leather’ and gives it a healthy injection of things which sound like they have come straight from Aleister Crowley himself.

The Order of the Solar Temple

Opening up with ‘Fallout Woman’, the 70′s feel is right there. The soft vocals over the stripped back music sound soothing as the intensity gradually builds through the drums before a King Diamond worthy wailing ushers in a tasty blues styled solo. Keeping up the same pace and style, the song teases with its slow pace before another classic solo, similar to the first one brings the song home.

‘The Aeon of Horus’ follows up and it’s a long one. The slow intro of samples gives way to a steady rock feel with some tasty lead work over it. The vocals have a bit more bite to them and the background chant-vocals mixed with the theatrical approach of King Diamond meets Matt Barlow of Iced Earth works well with this mystical number. The solo round three minutes in over a simple riff behind it builds the atmosphere up before the song gets back to its usual feel.

A second guitar solo five minutes in brings the chanting section back. Towards the end of the song, it turns acoustic with the guitar playing the main riff to the song with no other accompaniment, rounding it out nicely.

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Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Album of the Day: Spiral Shades – Hypnosis Sessions

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It starts with a singular idea and a willingness to forge ahead against all traditional odds. 2 years and 4000 miles later, Norwegian guitarist Filip Peterson and Mumbai based singer-songwriter Kushal Bhadra deliver what is arguably one of the best straight up 70s doom […]

Album of the Day: Brimstone Coven – S/T

Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Here’s another new band for you doing the whole ‘retro hard rock / stoner / doom / occult’ thing, West Virginia’s Brimstone Coven. Their self-titled debut for Metal Blade is actually a combination of their self-released initial offering and an EP, now ready made […]

Album of the Day: Orang-Utan – S/T

Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Praise for Orang-Utan’s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Fantastic! One of our all-time obscure proto-metal, heavy psych faves has now been reissued on vinyl. Long, long ago we had a CD version, but that’s long gone and this is definitely a nicer, more definitive reissue, done totally legit (for […]

Album of the Day: Novembers Doom – Bled White

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Chicago death-doom outfit Novembers Doom released their first album in 1995, nearly 20 years ago now. They weren’t the first American death-doom act, and there were others who solidified around the same time, but Novembers Doom were easily among the earliest adopters of a dramatic melancholy most […]

Album of the Day: Ancient Altar – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Los Angeles, CA doom instrumentalist quartet Iron Mtn ended its 7+ year stint back in June of 2013, loyal fans and followers of bassist / founder Scott Carlson (and his team of sludge assassins) mourned with the hope (and expectation) that his next […]

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]

Album of the Day: Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock […]

Album of the Day: Black Bombaim – Far Out

Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Echoes and Dust: Crossing the line between heavy psych and space jazz, Black Bombain take no prisoners and you need to be prepared to settle into the music rather than expect a quick fix. Reaching level of underground acclaim bordering on cultism, their releases so far have […]

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