After Smoulder formed in 2013 by Sarah Ann and Shon Vincent, they ran in to issues finding reliable band mates to round out their group. Finally, four years after forming, Smoulder rounded their line up out by recruiting Collin Wolf and Devin Hester. Shortly there after they marched their way in to the studio to record and eventually release their excellent debut demo titled The Sword Woman. Smoulder now fully complete with the addition of bassist Adam Blake are set to unleash their superb debut full length titled Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring. Featuring six tracks of power metal infused doom, this offering is engaging and gripping from beginning to end.
This is an album that right when you press play you very quickly realize that you are in for quite a treat. As a whole, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is an incredibly memorable and gripping release as it provides you with six great tracks that cannot be forgotten. With great song writing ability and imagination sparking lyrics, Smoulder pulls you in to each story that they are telling. Each track is an incredibly engaging and hypnotic journey that you want to keep listening to over and over again. There isn’t a cut here that will not get stuck in your head and there is not a track here that you will not belt the lyrics out to.
With great musicianship, powerful vocals and great song writing, you truly are presented with an all around stellar record front to back. As the minutes tick by through this release, you never want the hypnotic dirge of emboldening doom and power metal to cease. Each track has a great ability to capture your attention, never to let you go until the final second ticks off of the run time. Once the stories of glory, heroism and more begin to unfold, you come under Smoulder’s spell, never for it to be broken until Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring finally concludes.
In the name of glory and fantasy, Smoulder is here and here to stay. Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is a great record through and through. This release is enchanting and memorable from the very beginning all the way through the end. From great musicianship, to the incredible vocals to outstanding story telling and more, everything within this release is so well done. Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is a record to behold and will be one of the best records to be released this year.
Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring will be released April 26 through Cruz Del Sur Music.
Fuzz, groove, doom and satanic worship all combine within the self titled release of Tumanduumband. Four tracks are present within this release, and this two man band offers up nothing but sludge filled doom that will rattle your spine. Each murky offering within this release is just as solid and brain buzzing as the last as Tumanduumband usher forth a truly jarring and inviting brand of doom. This is filthy, filled with attitude and presented to you in four slabs of murky, grimy doom that will stick to your ribs.
Tumanduumband offer up an ever inviting and enticing sound doing so all without a vocalist as their musicianship and instrumentation speak for themselves. Each track is riddled with riffs that vary from the low slow burning variety to a more mid tempo romp through murky hallways. Paired with the ever fuzzed out riffs are solid drums and an ever present foundation shaking bass that is hard to ignore. Each of the four tracks that are present here are as in your face with their brand of murky sludge filled doom as you could imagine.
As you wade through the thick, reverberating sonic mass that Tumanduumband creates, you quickly become submerged in nothing but filthy buzzing sludge. Along side the vast wall of sonic fuzz is plenty of groove and melody to keep your head nodding and brain spinning in its skeletal prison. Each track is a gripping and entirely entertaining piece of fuzzed out doom that you will find yourself coming back to more and more often. As mentioned previously, Tumanduumband’s overall sound gets stuck to you as each track will burrow itself inside your memory for some time.
Through and through, this self titled demo is great and all around cohesive and solid. Each track is just as entertaining and memorable as the one(s) that came before it. With great melody, groove, fuzz, doom, sludge and satanic worship comes great sludge filled powers, and Tumanduumband show that here with this release.
In death, doom and misery comes Foul with their debut Of Worms. This vile offering features four sinister and wicked tracks that sew doom and death metal together to create an overall flesh gnashing assault. Through and through, you are given no breaks and no reprieve as Foul digs you a damp tomb in which you get dragged in to minute after minute. Each offering within this release is a bleeding raw and unrelenting slab of doom riddled death that is filled with disease and malevolence. Never ceasing, never relenting, Foul offers up four incredibly sinister tracks for your sickening enjoyment.
Foul sews doom and death metal together expertly through each of the four cuts within the title of this release, providing you with plenty of variety and diversity throughout. Hit with both trudging, glacial doom and ever bone splintering, flesh tearing death, Foul offer up a sinister and all together grueling sound that is hard to deny. Each offering is just as vile as the last, providing you with a truly damning and filthy listen that sticks with you whether you want it to or not. Never are you too far away from doom and never are you too far away from grisly death as Foul employs both as they work hand in hand to bring you to your timely demise.
Of Worms is a foul and unforgiving offering that trudges forth with the intent to maim and drag you asunder in to your barren worm infested crypt. Each cut is a slab of cold ever calculated death riddled doom that reaches out with a skeletal hand only to drag you face to face with the disgusting, contorted face of death. As grisly and vile as this offering is, it is just as infectious as it infects and festers in your brain for some time to come. Each offering is a well constructed and carefully crafted offering of foul death and doom that you cannot deny.
Each of the four tracks here within this release are something to behold as they are as punishing as they are filthy, and they are filthy. From beginning to end you become entombed in a grime filled bed of death and disease, never for you to be able to crawl out. Of Wormsprovides you with a layered sound that is hard to shake and escape from as it gifts you with four incredible tracks one right after another. This is a very solid and impressive first recording for these corpse hoarders.
Of Worms will be out January 25, 2019 through Caligari Records.
Seemingly brewed in a light eating darkness, Mansion offers up their newest release First Death of the Lutheran. This five track record presents you with sinister, abyssal, spectral and highly unique doom for your insidious consumption. Each track within this release is a unique dirge of some of the most blasphemous doom to cross your speakers. The five tracks that are present here are slow burning chilling offerings that you won’t be able to shake no matter how much you try. First Death of the Lutheran is an ever twisting labyrinth of skin crawling metal that ultimately makes you feel as though you are being swallowed up by darkness and consumed by flames yourself.
With the ever spectral and sinister vocals and the ever present poisonous ambiance, you are treated to a sound that is wholly devilish and unforgettable. Once you press play you ultimately begin your decent in to hell along with the rest of the sinners that may stumble across this offering. Through and through, First Death of the Lutheran is a wicked and ever ceaseless record that envelopes you in murky darkness where you are never to return. From beginning to end you are treated to an unholy and soul stealing sound that is just as addictive as it is wicked.
The concept of this release is that the Lutheran hypocrites time has come on this earth only to pass on for them to ultimately be judged by Satan himself. This record unfolds telling this story, passage after passage, and with the passing of each minute the record becomes darker and more malevolent than before. Each track is an undeniable dirge of death and despair as you feel as though you yourself are sinking in to madness. These tracks are brilliant and play as one cohesive ode to Satan as when one track fades in to obscurity, the next rises from the pitch black darkness to present to you yet another wicked and wretched tune.
With the spectral and haunting ambiance play the way that it does and with the ever chilling vocals and the ritualistic musicianship, you are treated to a truly devilish affair. First Death of the Lutheran is a gripping and mesmerizing offering, one that keeps your attention throughout never to let you break from your listen no matter where you are within the record. Everything within this release is done so well. The atmospherics are superb, the vocals are incredible, the musicianship is great among much more to create an overall fluid, memorable and unique listen. Each track is crafted well and constructed wonderfully making you want to keep listening over and over again. First Death of the Lutheran is a great release, one that haunts you, one that makes your skin crawl and one that embeds itself deep in your mind for some time to come. If you are looking for some unique and truly haunting doom, you don’t need to look much further than Mansion and their offering First Death of the Lutheran.
First Death of the Lutheran will be released December 7, 2018 through I Hate Records.
With buzzing waves of sonic propulsion and ever raspy dissonant vocals as well as fuzzed out bass lines, YATRA creates an overall groove filled and melodic sound that is hard to shake. Death Ritual is the title of their upcoming offering in which this three piece has crammed eight doom-centric tracks in to for you skull numbing entertainment. This release is murky and sludge filled as it gifts you with a massive and overall brain rattling sound. Each track that is present within this record are slow burning offerings that wrap you up in neatly in a submerging darkness where you forever find yourself wandering.
Never does Death Ritual stop its slow march through the psychedelic fog as it slowly crawls forth through each track providing you with wicked track after wicked track. Each offering is stellar as they gift you with a head nodding and maddening fuzzed out sound that is sure to grip you never to let you go. From beginning to end YATRA provides you with hypnotic and mesmerizing dirges that have your mind wandering through corridors of solitude and darkness. These tracks are dark and as unrelenting as you could want them to be as they charge forth, trudging through murky mist and bitter darkness to provide you with an overall effort that is not easily forgotten.
Through and through, YATRA takes you on a perilous sonic journey that is forever gripping and undeniable. Much sooner rather than later you get wrapped up in each track never to escape until the entire record is through only to drop you back off at the beginning to have you reach for the play button again. Death Ritual is a well constructed and fluid offering, one that has you held tightly in its clutches for its entire run time. Each of the eight sludge laden tracks here are palatable and easy to listen to as well as lose yourself in. These slowly pull you in to the alluring darkness for you never to return even when all is said and done. Death Ritual is a well written record, one that presents to you some top notch doom through and through, never to let down and never to disappoint.
Through each stoned offering you are treated to excellent musicianship and gritty blackened vocals that are howled from the grey mist. Never does YATRA let up in their glacial slow march as they pour out excellent track after track getting you lost in their fog filled soundscapes. Death Ritual is a great record from beginning to end as YATRA displays great song writing and musicianship through eight tracks. This is a fuzzed out, entirely heavy and entertaining record, one that is excellent through and through and one that will kick the new year off properly.
Death Ritual will be released January 4, 2019 through Grimoire Records.
Mixing in strains of doom, noise rock and sludge, mesmerizing psychedelic outfit Fauna Timbre present their debut offering Altering Echoes. This release is filled with five tracks that are wholly captivating and mystifying. Each track that is present here encompasses the mind in a hazy fog, having it twist and wind down wondrous and psychedelic corridors. Altering Echoes is a slow burning offering from beginning to end that has a great ability to capture your attention and your mind, leaving you in a sedated state until the final fuzzed out note rings through. These tracks are buzzing, engaging, mesmerizing and entirely memorable as Fauna Timbre presents you with something that is wholly captivating.
With ever marching buzzing riffs, doom laden drums, serene vocals and psychedelic synths thrown in to the mix, you get a sound that is hard to forget. Each track is well composed and performed gifting you with one hell of an intriguing and unique offering. Altering Echoes is gripping from beginning to end as each track is a well written piece through and through. Never once does your attention sway as you become transfixed on the melodious buzzing riffs and the wonderful vocals that pour through your speakers. With each passing minute you fall further and further in to the wondrous soundscapes in which Fauna Timbre paints only to make you want to keep coming back once the end arises.
Altering Echoes is groove filled, melodic, serene, melodic and so much more. This is a release that grabs a hold of you from the very beginning, leaving you enchanted and mystified. These tracks are spellbinding and ever captivating as each tack whisks you away. Fauna Timbre mixes numerous genres together with ease, incorporating each seamlessly to create an overall sound that is impeccable and near perfect. The musicianship is solid, the psychedelic synths add to an already dream like atmosphere and the vocals are perfect, and all of that combined creates a serene and hypnotic sound that is hard to pull yourself away from.
This release is unique and something to behold. Altering Echoes is a great release, and within five tracks you get nothing but solid music through and through. There isn’t a track here that is lacking in any way what so ever as each and every track is performed and executed excellently. This is a release that should not be passed up on.
Altering Echoes is out now though Red Orchard Records.
Reaching forth with the cold withering hand of death, Ennui offer their latest End of the Circle, a three track dirge of death riddled doom that drag you across the dark recesses of the abyss. The three tracks that are present within this release along with their lengthy run times provide you with nothing short of intense, atmospheric and mind bending metal for your consumption. Each of these tracks are so well constructed and all consuming that you just have no choice but to get lost within it all. From beginning to end, Ennui provide you with top notch doom metal that has a great knack for stealing your mind away and having it wander through all of the winding and darkened corridors that Ennui lay out before you.
End of the Circle is an intense and incredibly captivating listen to say the least. This release is monolithic as each track runs over twenty to thirty minutes in length. Each of the three offerings here are epics that swallow you whole, consuming you for their entirety until the final forlorn note has rang through the halls of the long forgotten. Ennui begin their release with the title track, a thirty plus minute opus of doom that trudges forth at glacial speed, hitting you with forlorn notes and melancholic atmospheres that wrap you mind in a dismal fog. Ennui only breaks the cycle of cold and bitter doom to provide you with stints of ever crushing death metal that leave you leveled only to reign things back in cycling back to their ever crushing dirge of doom.
The title track is a well knit and well put together offering that is technical, precise, atmospheric, dark, intense, melodic and so much more and that can be said for the two tracks that follow as well. The remaining two tracks are just as hypnotic and captivating as they provide you with the same intensity and same mind bending atmospheric tendencies. These three compositions are something to behold as they are simply incredible. End of the Circle is an addictive listen, one that takes you on quite a sonic journey from beginning to end, and as lengthy as each track is you never feel that run time. Ennui has crafted each track here so well that they draw you in to their dark and death filled world forever making you want to stay and witness each funeral dirge over and over again.
End of the Circle is a great work of doom, and through three tracks Ennui showcases their abilities through and through. They are proficient and technical masters of doom and all of that is shown through the three incredible tracks that are harbored within the title.
With the coming of their sophomore effort Sentiment, doom wizards UN wield four outstanding tracks that are gripping, compelling, emotive and down right captivating. This is a monolithic effort, one that tops over fifty minutes and each one of those minutes is packed with heavy, slow burning doom that is as potent as it is epic. The four brooding tracks harbored within the title are thunderous and undeniably powerful. From beginning to end you become gripped never to want to leave the listen even when everything is all said and done. Sentiment is a release to behold as it presents you with nothing but some of the most top notch doom to come out since Bell Witch’sMirror Reaper.
Sentiment is immersive from beginning to end, forever drawing you in more and more as it rumbles along. With great songwriting, monstrous riffs and ever unearthly growls, UN create an overall sound that is wholly intoxicating and undeniable. Much sooner rather than later you get completely wrapped up within Sentiment, never to leave until the final earth shaking note has rang out. This release has a great ability to draw you in and make you want to stay for more and more listens. Never once does this release tire you out or make you want to leave and come back to it. Through and through, Sentiment is a captivating and mesmerizing listen that grabs a hold of you forever making your mind wander through the wondrous soundscapes and thunderous atmospheres that it has to offer.
Sentiment is soulful, emotional, potent, thought provoking and so many more descriptors that just don’t do it justice. This is just an incredibly well rounded and cohesive record, one that immerses you and speaks to you directly as the listener. Everything about this release is superb, from the songwriting, to the musicianship, to the production, to the atmosphere and so much more. UN has created something special here with Sentiment. This monolithic record is truly a doom masterpiece and has vaulted UN to the top of the doom echelon with the likes of Bell Witch, Pallbearer and the like. Not enough can be said about this release as it just is something to behold and something that will truly take the doom world by storm.
Sentiment will be released through Translation Lost Records September 28, 2018.
Two years ago Dark is the Water emerged from the swells of the ocean with Heavy the Sky and now two years later they are back to grace us with a brand new full length titled Weight of the Sea. Weight of the Sea is a wonderful mixture of calming serene doom passages and weighty, ever crushing dirges. The six tracks that are present within this release are performed and executed damn near perfect as each track is cohesive, heavy, melodic, memorable and down right intoxicating. Weight of the Sea flows perfectly together from track to track gifting you with a well rounded and comprehensive listen that draws you in never to let you back to shore until you have listened through and through.
Dark is the Water starts you off with their opener Sunless, a wonderfully melodic and serene track that grips you right from the very beginning. Through the first minute you hear waves crashing before angelic riffs pour through your speakers pulling you out to sea. This near twelve minute track is something to behold as it takes you in and has tidal waves of melodic and atmospheric sound wash over you ever taking your mind and having it wander through the vast and open ocean. Around the four minute mark is where things begin to kick up slightly as buzzing and fuzzed out riffs join the otherwise peaceful fray, only for those to die back down giving way to the complete serene sounds that you heard before. Sunless ebbs and flows perfectly, ever drawing you in more and more, captivating you and pulling you in to the remaining five tracks.
Sunless is followed by five more wonderful tracks that are equally melodic and enchanting. The second track titled Marching on Sand much like Sunless is an instrumental, but this time this track has a little more grit to it from the very beginning while still retaining that serene and melodic sound. Through these two tracks you can come to expect more of the same from Dark is the Water as the remaining three tracks are just as superb and captivating. With the coming of the third track The Shallows also come the implementation of vocals. Dark is the Water utilize both angelic cleans and unearthly growls through the remaining tracks. The cleans are beautiful and highly intoxicating while the growls are powerful and menacing adding plenty of variety to each track. Each of these tracks has an immense and clean sound that is incredibly hard to deny.
Weight of the Sea is an easy record to fall in to and dragged out to sea by. This record has a great ability to captivate your mind and have it follow along through the barren seas. Filled with rumbling bass lines, at times crunching riffs and at other times serene melodic riffs, angelic cleans, menacing growls and an overall wondrous atmosphere, Weight of the Sea has it all. This record is beautifully done and undeniably intoxicating. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Aislacion began their descent into murky sludge filled darkness in 2016, and two years later their demo Minor Chants was brought out from the abyss. This demo features four tracks that merge doom and sludge together to create an overall murky, buzzing and head nodding sound. As soon as you hit play you become trapped in a rumbling and fuzzed out vortex of doom never to escape until Minor Chants has played out entirely. Each track is a head nodding and bone rattling ode to sludge and doom that gets your head nodding before you know it. Minor Chants is an aggressive and all together in your face demo that pours its molten sludge on thick from beginning to end.
Minor Chants is Aislacion’s first foray into the doom and sludge world and it is a good first foot forward. Each track within this murky offering are well done and well constructed providing you with an all around solid and highly entertaining listen. There isn’t any fluff or filler here as Aislacion hits you nearly immediately with rumbling bass lines and heavy dark riffs that are hard to get out of your head. From the first track forward, Aislacion presents you with an overall heavy and memorable sound that will keep you coming back for more murky madness.
Through this release, Aislacion provides you with heavy handed face melting passages that are only to be crossed with low, slow and melting doom laden sounds when needed. None of the four tracks that are harbored within this release sound anything alike providing you with plenty of diversity and variety through only four tracks. Aislacion does a great job of mixing their sound up not only from track to track but within the same track as well. You won’t be hearing the same sound twice all throughout this release giving it plenty of character.
Overall, Minor Chants is a solid release especially for a debut. Through and through this is an entertaining and memorable demo, one that you can keep coming back to.