Posts Tagged ‘doom’

Album of The Day: Spirit Adrift – Chained To Oblivion

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from New Noise Magazine: I’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for this first full-length release from Arizona’s Spirit Adrift. After hearing the man’s former work in Take Over and Destroy (TOAD) as well as the long defunct local act Queen Beast (yeah, I remember that EP – and it’s worth a repressing) I’m nearly convinced that Nate Garrett can do no wrong.

He’s responsible for pretty much everything here as he handles the guitar, bass, vocals, drums and piano, putting on a performance that sounds like a one-man Pallbearer and simultaneously blowing my mind wind open like a popped balloon at the same time Chained To Oblivion is not a very long record, but at the same time, it’s a much longer performance than you might think – and it’s fitting. Yes, it’s wholly fitting.

Spirit Adrift - Chained To Oblivion

Garrett played in TOAD and Queen Beast, so you can already expect the same great playing to be found here. As a matter of fact, such a performance is nearly unreal – he’s really gone out of his way to provide some absolutely captivating and heart-stopping melodies on this one. In addition to these awesome waves of melodic splendor, he also sings his literal ass off, giving us a performance that is extremely difficult for me to put into words.
It’s just the kind of thing that you play and just stand back in awe, because you just can’t believe how awesome the material you’re experiencing is. There’s not even one song that I would trade here for a different cut and they all feel cohesive within the mix.

Unlike TOAD, you won’t find any extreme metal influences like death or black metal here, nor will you find any real experimentation beyond what can be achieved at a non-symphonic level. There are no electronics or anything of that sort here, as this is truly a doom album. Spirit Adrift seems to want to further carry that already booming Arkansas doom scene (even though there’s been a lot of BDM over here as of late, which is hit or miss) with it’s countless acts like Pallbearer, Rwake into new territory. Garrett may have moved, but that spirit seems to have stuck with him and translated perfectly into what I’d consider an absolutely breathtaking piece of melodic doom.

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Album of the Day: Pando – Negligible Senescence

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Do you remember the first time you listened to Earth, or at least Sunn O))), if that’s where you started your droning expeditions? Or the first time that Pyramids debut assaulted and caressed your ears at the same time? Or all the other first times you listened to music that […]

Album of the day: Khemmis – Absolution

Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Invisible Oranges: There has been a deluge of upstart doom bands over the last decade, some of them great (Kongh, Pallbearer, Orchid) and many others not so much (seriously, there are way too many to name). The oversaturation point for low and slow approaches quickly, so new […]

Album of the Day: Blood Farmers – Headless Eyes

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been 19 years since New York City doomers Blood Farmers released their self-titled debut on Hellhound Records, and while that album and their 1991 Permanent Brain Damage demo were reissued via Japan’s Leaf Hound Records in 2008 and 2004, respectively, and trio have […]

Album of the Day: Vallenfyre – Splinters

Posted on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: The word ‘supergroup’ is an often misleading term, as it rarely fits the output that much feted members of other bands produce for these side projects. Luckily, Vallenfyre are different, very different indeed. Born out of tragedy and loss, the group of assembled icons from punk […]

Farewell to Jason McCash (April 19th, 1975 – April 5, 2014) by Kim Kelly

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014

Death moves in circles. It starts out slow, prowling around the outer borders of your consciousness. When you’re small, your mother has to explain that the dog ran away and won’t be coming back, or that the nice lady from the library won’t be around to help you find new […]

Album of the Day: The Wounded Kings – Consolamentum

Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Consolamentum is the fourth full-length from increasingly progressive UK-based doomers The Wounded Kings and also their debut on Candlelight Records. It’s also their most consistent album-to-album lineup in the band since 2010′s The Shadow over Atlantis followed 2008′s Embrace of the Narrow House debut with […]

Album of the Day: Avatarium – Avatarium

Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Metal Underground: There is an evil madness that descends underneath the depths of despair – riding along the electric charges that jump the endless lattice of neural pathways in the mind. The parasitic nature is so perfect that it is undetectable; it is one with the host. […]

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: Argus – Beyond the Martyrs

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s hard to discern just what Pennsylvania traditional doom metallers Argus intend with the title of their third album, Beyond the Martyrs. On a superficial level, one doesn’t think of a martyr as a place or a level of development to move past, but more […]