Raventale – Bringer of Heartsore

Raventale offer up a nice mix of aggressive, doom riddled black metal laced with enough atmosphere to keep the air from going stale.  Hailing from the Ukraine, their new album Bringer of Heartsore released on Solitude Productions should provide enough latitude for listeners of all walks of metal.  Delving into this work does provide a challenging … [Read more...]

Brainoil – Death Of This Dry Season

After the release of their extremely well received self-titled debut LP via Life Is Abuse it has taken Oakland’s Brainoil eight years to return with a follow up, the members all drifting off into various projects and putting the band on hold. The trio of Greg Wilkinson, Ira Harris and Nathan Smith are now back and on August 2nd release their new … [Read more...]

Whitehorse – Progression

Apparently, Melbourne band Whitehorse caused a stir and had some solid acclaim directed their way from certain quarters in regard to their self–titled debut album in 2007. Their sound of death metal warmed up in a sludge/doom medium drew much attention and intent interest in the release. Though admittedly not having heard the debut, it is hard to … [Read more...]

Sourvein – Black Fang

Armed with the unrelenting, oppressive blanket of sound sludge/doom metalers Sourvein are known for, comes a new release dripping in uncompromising and punishing noise. Spanning ten pulsating and scathing slabs of metal, Black Fang is an all consuming hungry beast that is sure to delight existing fans of the band and other followers of the darker … [Read more...]

Ramesses – Take the Curse

I’ve said this before, but it never ceases to be true – a truly great metal album has a certain visceral effect on me that few other genres could ever achieve. Maybe it’s because there’s less of a barrier of entry than say, a great drone album, or maybe it’s because metal as a concept is naturally imbued with a layer of undisputed confidence – … [Read more...]

Reflector – Pass

Reflector is absolutely punishing. Apparently just a duo, they crank out chiseled, bloody doom-sludge from little more than guitar and drums. This is not your average, high-school transcendent metal band, the amount of musicianship behind their latest record Pass is easily noticeable and incredibly impressive. Pass doesn’t sprint, it chugs. It … [Read more...]

Kayo Dot – “Whisper Ineffable”

What starts out as some sweet jazz horns in the realm of Miles Davis slipping into doom metal is Kayo Dot's opening to "Whisper Ineffable" off of their 5 song EP, Coyote. This play between genres continues for the next few minutes then blasts off and out of the gate into something quite shocking and unexpected. A whirlwind of noise just sprays all … [Read more...]