Posts Tagged ‘profound lore’
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 sleep at night. Or at least you think they can do that. It’s up to you if that’s a thing you’re able to handle.
I always found French funeral drone doom band Monarch one of those that could illicit terrifying thoughts in my head. Their music feels less like deliberate compositions and more like stream-of-consciousness experiences, where you get a head-on trip into what they’re trying to let loose. Over the course of their seven records, they have set up surreal soundscapes, transmissions that sound like they’re transported from some sort of lost dimension that traps souls, and music that easily can get underneath your skin and freeze you.
They’re not your everyday doom band, and their records often take repeated visits for the material to sink in just right. Same can be said for their three-track new record Sabbracadaver, their first for Profound Lore and follow-up to 2012′s great Omens. Here, the band is totally immersed in their own nightmares, translating all of the dark, violent shadows for you and weaving a mystifying world of horrors that only your nighttime excursions in your bed possibly could match. They’re a breath-taking band, one of my favorites in this genre.
One of the main reasons Monarch are so mesmerizing is vocalist / electronics artist Emilie Bresson, whose work is fairly hard to describe. She has pipes that won’t quit, and she can wail bloody murder along with the best of them, but there’s something more to her that’s an intangible quality. She is a sweeping force, a voice that you just can’t get out of your system.
Her singing sounds more like she’s channeling something greater than her, acting as a conduit or messenger, and you practically can imagine her shaking and writing as she adds her voice to these songs. That’s not to slight her band, who also deserve a ton of credit, including guitarist Shiran Kaidine, bassist MicHell Bidegain, and drummer Rob Shaffer, who combine to create a sinister low end full of drone and power, and you could find it caving in your chest cavity in a live setting.
The band’s work on Sabbracadaver proves they have plenty more to say, added spirits to release, and doom thunder still blasting through their collective bloodstream. It’s both mighty and outright chilling.
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 […]
Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Heavy Blog Is Heavy: Three years after An Ache for the Distance, Chicago-based post-metal monsters The Atlas Moth return to bestow unto us The Old Believer, a 50-minute marathon across ten massive-sounding tracks. Having reached untold heights with their sophomore album, The Atlas Moth now turn to […]
Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a band that’s spent the last 15 years gracefully and aggressively testing the limits of the sound that heavy metal makes, Portland’s Agalloch have committed very few errors. From 1999’s primitively produced but ambitiously built Pale Folklore to 2010’s arching and magnetic Marrow of the […]
Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013
Boston’s Morne has everything you could ever want in an outsider funeral doom band. Their sound, revolving around guitarist / singer Milosz Gassan, shifts from crushing bombast to dark psychedelia, from crumbling, downtuned riffage to lumbering drone and from post rock to gothic gloom and metallic crust. They traverse this […]
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 Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from SputnikMusic: Colorado native Erik Wunder proves perfectly capable of expressing himself in various musical settings. Aside from the noisy black metal of the highly esteemed Cobalt albums, Wunder also revels in dark Americana of the highest caliber. The first record he released under the Man’s Gin moniker […]
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: We’re all too aware of the terrifying acts our species is capable of, but nothing reflects that better than the splendidly grotesque noisescapes of Portal. As the unnerving Australian death metal quartet proves yet again on their latest horror-filled dirge, Vexovoid, there are levels […]
Posted on Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Praise for Ash Borer‘s Self Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Originally released as a super limited cassette on Psychic Violence in 2011, then a little later, on Pesanta Urfolk as a limited LP, and now finally, this killer collection of avant, droned out, post rock flecked, West Coast black […]
Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012
Praise for Occultation‘s Three & Seven from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Three And Seven is the debut full length from NYC psychedelic doomlords /doomladies, and Negative Plane offshoot, Occultation. Their sound is a dark and dramatic, almost cinematic sort of witchy metallic psychedelia, the heaviness tempered by a fantastically muddy, […]