With doom in concert with traditional heavy metal, Monasterium offers up an unforgettable and infectious sound. Through their newest offering Church of Bones, you are greeted by eight tracks one right after the next of stellar heavy metal laden doom. Upon pressing play you become swept up in clean trudging riffs, excellent powerful clean sung vocals and rumbling bass lines before you know it. Church of Bones is an easy record to let yourself get consumed by as each of the eight tracks that are present are inviting and intoxicating all the same. Through and through, you are provided with top notch doom that ultimately you will keep coming back to to wander the skeletal halls of the Church of Bones.
Monasterium doesn’t waste time before getting you acquainted with their devilishly memorable and addictive sound. Starting off with the title track, Monasterium hooks you right in from the very beginning. Once they have you in their skeletal grasp you surely will not be released until the final note has rang through your speakers. Each offering here has a great grandiose sound that draws you in more and more with the passing of each second. This release is filled with powerful offerings that you sink in to right from the get go, ever captivating your mind and having it wander through the labyrinths that Monasterium creates.
Ever gripping and engaging, Church of Bones commands your attention, never letting it waver. This record cannot be denied or ignored as it supplies you with great instrumentation that is led by incredible riffs that break in to scorching solos only to be backed by solid drumming and bass work. Soaring through the wall of doom are the great clean sung vocals that are incredibly infectious and memorable all their own. Of the eight tracks present, each one is executed and performed very well providing you with a well rounded and cohesive sound that will stick with you for some time.
Each cut through this release ebbs and flows wonderfully as you are provided with slow burning melodic doom and quicker heavy metal laden charges and back again seamlessly. These offerings are melodic and so fluid that it is hard not to sink straight in to this record without being seen again. One listen turns to two and two then turns to many as you will ultimately end up putting this release on repeat until you wear it out.
Overall, Church of Bones is a great release. Not one track falls short of anything as each and every one is just as good as the last. This is an undeniably solid record from beginning to end as it provides you with one track after the next of infectious doom that you cannot shake and that will be rattling inside of your head for some time. We don’t rate on this site, but if we did it would be a solid 10/10. There isn’t much left to say other than don’t sleep on this release.
Church of Bones is available now through Nine Records.
Slow burning, spine numbing and ever churning, Tekarra and Malamadre unleash all consuming doom within two tracks. In a hazy and ever buzzing sound, this split offers up over twenty minutes of nothing but buzzing and fuzzed out doom that is easy to fall prey to. Each track trudges forth with the intent of entombing you within their overall psychedelic and monstrous sound, and they do a good job of exactly that. Once you press play you become buried under droves of heavy, glacial slow riffs from which you cannot find your way out of. These tracks take your mind and have it wander through the murky smoke filled soundscape that they create.
First to appear from the haze is Tekarra with their offering titled Barbaric Tools. Immediately you are graced with down tuned buzzing riffs that jar your brain out of position. Backing those riffs are ever pounding drums, bone rattling bass lines and gritty vocals that appear from the sonic wall of doom. Barbaric Toolsis a slow moving offering that draws you in from the very beginning, ultimately submerging you in its thick murky sound. Once you press play you are trapped within the buzzing sonic walls that each monstrous riff creates never for you to be able to escape until the final note rings through. Ever engaging, Barbaric Tools is an easy track to sink in to and let your mind wander through its soundscapes to as it captures your attention and mind for its ten minute duration. This is a great track overall; one that is executed well from the vocals to the instrumentation and everything between. Barbaric Tools grips you from the beginning as it provides you with great murky doom from the first second to the very last.
Cropping up second on this split is Malamadre with their offering Cataclismo. Cataclismo is an instrumental offering that provides you with even more great fuzzed out stoner doom to fall victim to. Immediately you become enveloped by slow and massive amplifier destroying riffs that drag you in to their brand of buzzing noise. Yanking your mind from its present state, Malamadre wind it through their sludge filled soundscapes never for it to return until Cataclismo has concluded. This offering is a smokey and every psychedelic track that grabs you with the green hand of the reaper, only for you to be dragged further and further in to the thick haze. Cataclismo is a straight up buzzing, stoner doom instrumental that is hard to ignore and hard to forget. This offering is as fuzzed out as you could imagine. From the onset you become buried under bone shaking riffs and bass lines never to emerge until all is said and done. Cataclismo is a great offering as well, one that is well rounded and executed to provide you with nothing but great murky doom.
Overall, this split between these two is very solid. Both tracks are great offerings that will have you coming back for more brain buzzing doom. Tekarra and Malamadre compliment each other well within this release and both bands offer up great doom metal tracks that will please the ears of many doom fans.
Tuned down to the bowels of hell, Encoffination offer up a grisly mind melting brand of death addled doom. In forty-three total minutes, you are subject to an oppressive sonic embalming that is as terrifying and morbid as you could imagine. We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is packed with seven tracks of crawling funereal death and evisceration. Each track present here is spine shaking ode to death and disease as they crawl along, wafting over the bones of the damned and long forgotten. From front to back, you will find within We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord some of the heaviest, most damning doom out there.
With the trudging of each passing minute, light begins to fade as you become submerged in the murky depths of obliteration and damnation that Encoffination creates here. There is no reprieve and there is no escape as Encoffination trudges forth wraith like to provide you with nothing but purely morbid doom. Their overall sound is incredibly suffocating and mind melting as you quickly become buried under the droves of buzzing life eating metal. This record marches forth, marking your time of death as it ticks minutes off of your life.
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord oozes death and despair and the longer you listen the more you get dragged down in to the fetid temples of death. From the start, Encoffination entombs you in a sickening sound that rattles your spine and drains the marrow from your bones. We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is an unforgiving record as it ushers forth seven incredible tracks of death, doom and despair without pause. The ever unrelenting charge from these low and slow burning offerings is something to behold as each track has its own unique way of burying you under gruesome slabs of grisly down tuned doom.
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is a menacing, deadly and down right heavy offering that is hard to forget. This release puts on display some of the heaviest doom out there at the moment and you would be remiss to pass this up. Seven tracks, forty-three minutes of nothing but stellar and life stealing doom, what more could you ask for?
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord will be released May 17 through Selfmadegod Records.
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.
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.