Firmly rooted in the ever crowded and collapsed vein of the ancient, Carcinoid make their deadly bid with their own three track demo. Mixing elements of doom and death, Carcinoid come storming out of the gates of hell with a disgusting and gut bursting sound. Carcinoid is unholy, filthy and terrorizing from beginning to end as they present you with track after track of nothing but savagery and utter brutality in ceaseless and malevolent fashion. With no intros, lead ins or outros to hinder their torrid pace, Carcinoid roll from track to track bulldozing the weak and maiming the unprepared.
This demo is fetid, harsh and down right nasty. The disgust and slew of slime runs thick throughout the course of this offering as Carcinoid shovels and piles the entrails on thick from beginning to end. From the opener Face of Anguish to the closing track Red Mist Descending, you are treated to some of the most barbaric and malignant death metal. This is macabre and guttural, ever ceaseless and relentless in its assault to bury you under the already growing mounds of fetid flesh and disease.
Carcinoid stomp on through from track to track with the lumbering swiftness of a deranged killer stalking its next victim. Carcinoid supplies you with a great balance of death and doom throughout their three tracks offering up plenty of variety and diversity all the way through. One minute you will be dragged down to the murky depths with torturous doom and the next your flesh is being peeled from bone with the rumblings of pure death debauchery. With that said, no matter what sound you are faced with, Carcinoid makes it disgusting and revolting through and through as each of the three tracks here are filthy and forever savage.
You can’t get a whole lot more disgusting and vile than what Carcinoid provides you with as they offer up some sickening tunes back to back to back. This is blood curdling and skin crawling death in its most pure and revolting form.
While there are plenty of bands that focus on the atrocities of WWII, 1914 decided to take a different direction and aim their focus on WWI instead. 1914 tell tales of hopelessness, fear and death, making this release to be relentless yet melancholic at times and gripping all the way through. Through each track, 1914 weaves tales of atrocities and death leading your mind through war torn battle fields and bloodied corridors leaving you feeling shell shocked and grim. The Blind Leading the Blind is a unique and ever twisting offering that presents you with eleven straight tracks of wonderfully crafted metal that grips you from beginning to end. Never once does 1914 let up in their assault as they press onward with the combination of death, doom and touches of sludge to present you with an all together incredibly heavy and memorable sound.
1914 leads their march with their opener War In, which seems to sample a musical number from the time period before really getting you acquainted with their punishing and twisted sound. Right after War In concludes, 1914 barrels forth straight in to the next track without so much as a breather in between. These commandos march forth from track to track spinning tales of war and death that hit you square between the eyes. Just as punishing of a sound as 1914 gives off, it is just as engaging and mesmerizing in its own right as you become gripped by the cold hand of death from the very beginning never to leave until all has been concluded.
The overall sound of The Blind Leading the Blind is incredibly massive and monolithic. You can feel the weight of each kick of the drum and you can feel the strum of each riff rattle your bones. The musicianship is intricate and stellar as the vocals are just as savage and vibrant as they force their way through the cacophony of murky sludge filled noise. Each track is a cohesive offering that sews death and doom together and at points black metal to create an overall spine bending heavy and memorable sound. Each track is a labyrinth of intricacies as each track is forever changing and shifting shape, never to present you with the same sound twice, forever keeping you on your toes.
This is a well crafted record from beginning to end. The musicianship is top notch, the vocals are incredible, the over hanging dismal atmosphere is great and the tales woven of the first world war are all gripping. The Blind Leading the Blind is a great release, one that should not be over looked. This is a hell of a sophomore effort from these Ukrainian bulldozers, one that will stand atop with some of the best releases this year.
The Blind Leading the Blind will be released November 11, 2018 through Redefining Darkness for North America and Archaic Sound for Europe.
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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.
End of the Circle is out now!
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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’s Mirror 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.
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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.
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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.
Distorting your mind, plunging you in to eternal nightmarish darkness among other sadistic rituals is what P.H.O.B.O.S. is capable of. Phlogiston Catharsis is a sickening blend of black metal and industrial doom metal wrapped up crudely within eight ever blasphemous tracks. With the passing of each minute you feel your mind warping and your sanity draining as buzzing noise mixed with ominous nightmarish sounds ring out from the halls of insanity. Phlogiston Catharsis sounds as though death itself is calling out to you, waiting to drag your soul in to a pitch black darkness. This release is menacing yet wholly compelling and mesmerizing.
P.H.O.B.O.S. begins your sonic induced nightmare with Biomorphorror, a track that leads you in with already unsettling noise only for buzzing cranium splitting riffs to be introduced with raspy vocals that sound as though they are reverberating from beyond the halls of the damned. This skin crawling track crawls along for near seven minutes never to give you reprieve only to sink you further and further in to madness and delirium.
The seven tracks that follow Biomorphorror are much the same. Each of the eight tracks within this release are well constructed soul eating sonic epics. Phlogiston Catharsis is pure madness. Each track is a pulsing, sludge filled horror that seeps its way in to your mind ever twisting and contorting it until you can’t tell whether you are sane or if you have jumped off the deep end and in to a dark recess. These tracks are ominous and life harvesting as P.H.O.B.O.S. has created something here that is truly terrorizing and horrifying.
Phlogiston Catharsis is one of the most eerie records that I have come across and that in itself is one thing that makes this such a great record. Through and through you are greeted by walls of sonic despair in the form of ever buzzing riffs, sanity draining droning noise and hellish vocals that call out from beyond the ever thunderous wall of noise. Each of the eight tracks that belong to Phlogiston Catharsis are well crafted cacophonies of pure throbbing madness and they are truly excellent.
Phlogiston Catharsis is something unique, twisted and entirely engaging making this to be a very solid release. This is a devilish and warped record, one that will grab your attention and keep you coming back for more and more.
Phlogiston Catharsis will be released September 10, 2018 through Transcending Obscurity Records.
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There are times that when you hit play on a record you almost immediately know that it is going to be something special and Shadow Dies In Morning Light certainly is. This four track release is captivating, weighty, mesmerizing and many more descriptors that can establish just how well done this record is. Upon pressing play, you immediately begin to get drawn in and enchanted by the melancholic sludge filled sounds that pour through your speakers. From one song to the next you are greeted with incredibly powerful and potent doom laden sounds that hook you right from the very beginning never to let your attention deviate.
Each of the four tracks that are present within Shadow Dies In Morning Light are wonderfully crafted murky offerings of top notch doom. You can’t help but to be drawn in and captivated by the foggy buzzing sounds that RIPIS provides. Each track is solid from beginning to end providing you with a well rounded, cohesive and all together impressive sound.
These tracks are weighty and you can feel them hit you one by one like waves crashing over you. Shadow Dies In Morning Light is weighty for more than just the fact that the music itself is heavy, but because of the lyrics as well. The lyrics within this release are vulnerable and striking making connections with whomever it is that listens. The lyrics much like the musicianship are well crafted and beautiful, ultimately drawing you in more and more to stay for more and more listens.
Shadow Dies In Morning Light is a wondrous release, one that you can melt in to and really sit down and listen to over and over again. You never feel the length of these tracks as you end up being entirely enchanted by what RIPIS has to offer, and ultimately one listen turns to many. This is an incredibly well done record as it is engaging, thoughtful, vulnerable and much more. Shadow Dies In Morning Light is an absolute triumph for RIPIS as this is a fantastic release through and through.
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Coughing Blood is to be released June 1, 2018 through Godz Ov War Productions. Check out what they have to say about this release below!
Set for a June 1, 2018 CD release through Godz Ov War Productions, the EP brings four tracks of crushingly heavy, gloomy and depressive blackened death doom metal you can only immerse in and let overwhelm you. A true must for fans of such agonising sounds. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earth Tone Studios in Sacramento, CA, it comes with a logo by the (in)famous lord of the logos, Christophe Szpajdel, with visual artwork by Glitch Witch.