Posts Tagged ‘doom’
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. Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, it has the ability to cause the host to find wonderful elegance in malevolence and anguish, happiness in wretchedness, euphoria in gloom.
It has the ability to morph into an incarnate life form or simply the embodiment of senses, forcing us willingly to plunge into the expanse of emptiness. Its laboratory is Avatarium. You wondered whether there was life after Candlemass without revisiting the overly eccentric Abstrakt Algebra?
Well, Leif Edling can make no bolder statement than this new band. While the “Pslams of the Dead” are still chanting and Candlemass takes its final gasp of life, an ember of evil as small as a speck has already floated from the burning pyre, silently embedding into the cold dark earth. Spewing forth is a root of pure evil transcending its host, taking every essence of its sorrow, mourning, pain and suffering and transforming into a new level of doom, a “Bird of Prey,” which redefines the genre as if Black Sabbath was truly “born again.”
It is a special ability to take all that has ever been done with the genre of doom – the riffs, the moods, the melancholy overtones, the crushing riffs – and make them sound as if you never heard any of it before. If there is a place of perfection that sits midway between epic doom and stoner rock, Avatarium has found it. Without leaning too fuzzy or trippy, the band is a shining epic anvil with the horn dipped in PCP.
There is much more at work here than just leap frogging Candlemass – there is a 60’s-70’s vibe throughout that comes from both the music and vocals. The first thought of Candlemass with a female vocalist was intriguing, but I prayed to Iommi that she wouldn’t sound operatic. Fortunately, the haunting vocals of Jennie-Ann Smith wafted from the speakers and it was as if Janis Joplin was reborn with a much wider, clearer range and ten times the power.
With remarkable perfection, Smith is able to intricately paint hardship and remorse alongside the crushing beauty of riffs and dazzling emotion emanating from the strings of Marcus Jidell’s guitar. Her voice can strike with both immense power and frail honesty.
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Possessed of such a strong sorrowful and moving air, part Chilean, part Swedish doom metal titans Procession are easily one today’s truest torchbearers of classic epic doom, carrying on the tradition of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. The band’s latest album, the utterly compelling To Reap Heavens Apart, ranks among the […]
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, […]
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 […]
Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Heavy / Doom metal progenitors Saint Vitus are streaming one of the bonus tracks from their forthcoming reissue of C.O.D. The bonus track, titled ‘The Chameleon’ is streaming now AT PITCHFORK. Regarding the unreleased track, guitarist Dave Chandler said, “I sent our U.S. label (at the time ) the tracks The […]
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013
Praise for Saint Vitus’ Die Healing from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: While it might have been Saint Vitus‘ final record, a last hurrah, hardly noticed by an uncaring world, it was also one of their best ever. For one thing, it marked the brief return of their original and best […]
Posted on Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Metal Observer: Before there was Children of Bodom, but not before there was “Children Of The Grave” or “Children Of The Corn”, there was Children Of Doom (or C.O.D. for short and for those who like some fish mixed in with their Metal), a rock solid […]
Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]
Posted on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m a sucker for West Coast miserablists like Asunder, Aldebaran, Laudanum, Samothrace, and Anhedonist, so I was excited to hear of a relatively recent addition to this band of happy campers, Portland’s Ephemeros. Comprised of various gloomy luminaries from bands such as Nux Vomica, […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Today, The Sleeping Shaman, with the blessing of Svart Records, is ecstatic to bring you a stream of a brand new track by UK’s doomers Black Magician. Taken from the bands forthcoming 3 track EP The Pursuivant, which is set for release via Svart Records on August 30th, sees the […]