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Album of the Day: Undersmile – Anhedonia

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Undersmile are one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the doom scene. Having bulldozed everyone with their stunning debut, Narwhal, the band are now unleashing their 70+ minute opus Anhedonia, to an eager public. Anhedonia is proving to be a much more experimental force than Narwhal was, trading up savage distortion for haunting acoustics.

Undersmile - Anhedonia

Opening with the looming thunder of ‘Labyrinths’, which rumbles through a ghostly acoustic start into a hypnotic looping dirge of clean guitars and haunting vocals, it’s a strange feeling to someone so used to crushing doom expectations. But what Undersmile are doing here is building the anticipation for what is to come.

When the track starts to plunge into heavier depths, the clean vocals stay and that just accentuates the bottom heavy density of the riff. Then the floor caves in and you fall into the void. The melancholic acoustics bring to mind Cult of Luna’s superlative ‘Somewhere Along The Highway’, and there is a rather bare, naked vulnerability to the album that yet gives nothing away.

‘Sky Burial’ is full of tar thick riffs, eerily echoing vocals and some delicate clean guitar moments. It’s refreshing to hear doom that has dynamics, not just relying on simply crushing guitar. Music that explores the shades of grey between the black and the white is always more interesting, and Undersmile don’t rely on being a one riff pony.

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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: Spectral Haze – I.E.V. Transmutated Nebula Remains

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]

Album of the Day: Mansion – Uncreation

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Turku, Finland’s Mansion have been consistently impressing listeners with their highly polished, Kartanoism themed, doom rock since their debut single We Shall Live was released in February 2013. The We Shall Live EP followed in June 2013, and the slightly more upbeat The Mansion […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

Album of the Day: Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long, hard road for Yob, an uphill journey beset with obstacles – the first lineup of the band breaking up, subsequent legal issues around mainman Mike Scheidt’s interrim band Middian and Scheidt’s own struggles with his personal demons – but ever […]

Album of the Day: Fórn – The Departure Of Consciousness

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The Departure of Consciousness is the soundtrack to collapse – the slow, final collapse of a dying relationship, the slow cascade of brick and mortar from a collapsing building or the terrifying claustrophobia of the inward collapse of the human mind, all are evoked […]

Album of the Day: Funerary – Starless Aeon

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Funerary are still relatively unknown, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t talented. In fact, the underground has always been a place full of exciting talents a lot of people aren’t aware of. Thanks to the Internet, its now easier to discover and explore them. […]

Album of the Day: Lonely Kamel – Shit City

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s still unusual to find that one of Europe’s strongest exports of desert rock, especially with a name like Lonely Kamel, hails from the frost-bitten lands of Norway, culturally famed for its black metal output. Yet on the brink of releasing their fourth studio […]

Album of the Day: Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction emerged as the sleeper (metal) album of 2012, eventually finding itself at the top of many end of year best lists and burned into the minds of listeners new to the scene; unfortunately, the signature strengths that define the core […]

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