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Dark Is The Water: Weight of the Sea

July 21, 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.

Links To Follow:

Dark is the Water Bandcamp

 

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Aislacion: Minor Chants

July 21, 2018
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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.

P.H.O.B.O.S.: Phlogiston Catharsis

July 9, 2018
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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.

Links To Follow: 

Transcending Obscurity Bandcamp

P.H.O.B.O.S. Facebook

RIPIS: Shadow Dies in Morning Light

July 6, 2018
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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.

Check out the official video for the title track below!

Links To Follow:

RIPIS Bandcamp

RIPIS Facebook

GraveCoven Announce EP Coughing Blood

May 31, 2018
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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.

Diseased Oblivion: A Blackened Harvest Of Decomposure

May 4, 2018
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Dark, ambient and forever hidden behind the black veil of obscurity, Diseased Oblivion offer up hallucinatory noise that aims to break your mind and drag your soul in to a never ending darkness. A Blackened Harvest of Decomposure is a compilation of eight tracks that span between the years 2009 and 2011, and within these eight tracks you are treated to funeral dirges of doom that instill dread, fear and the ever ominous presence of death upon you. These ambient and atmospheric tracks wrap their diseased tendrils around you never to let you escape from the forlorn and depressive soundscape that Diseased Oblivion creates. Each of the eight tracks that are present within this release are just as mind numbing and spirit breaking as the last creating an unwelcome and all around sinister sound.

Through each track, Diseased Oblivion crawls forth at glacial speed tormenting you with down tuned grave rattling riffs that are paired with demonic cavernous vocals and an atmosphere that is all together poisonous and malicious. The longer that you listen, the further that Diseased Oblivion drag you in to the recesses of darkness never for you to climb out. Through this release, Diseased Oblivion greet you twisted and harrowing tracks that hang over you like a reaper waiting to claim its next soul.

You can’t escape this darkness once you have pressed play as you become surrounded by dark clouds of disease and death. This soul tearing and dissonant release is riddled with dark yet gripping atmosphere and ambiance that have you near enchanted from the get go. As sinister as the atmosphere is throughout this release, it has an innate ability to pull you in and keep you intrigued and listening all throughout. The overall blasphemous atmosphere is aided by odd ambient noise that contorts the mind and has it delving deeper in to its darkest recesses. The atmosphere and ambiance is disorienting, hallucinatory and yet it is gripping and enticing all the same.

Each of the eight tracks that appear here within A Blackened Harvest of Decomposure are expansive, allowing Diseased Oblivion time to take your mind through depressive and bizarre soundscapes from which you do not want to return. As expansive and lengthy as these tracks are, Diseased Oblivion does a great job of keeping your attention all throughout as they have you traverse through diseased and death riddled atmospheres and soundscapes. Overall, this release is cohesive, damning, heavy, incredibly atmospheric and engaging, making it out to be a very solid listen.

Assumption: Absconditus

May 1, 2018
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Never to neatly fit in to one genre or another, Assumption combine the likes of doom and death metal to create a unique, abstract and ever mind expanding sound. Three tracks make up the entirety of Absconditus and through these three tracks you are treated to vast soundscapes, isolating cosmic atmosphere and extremely weighty down-tempo riffs that aren’t to be trifled with. These dirges of dark, death riddled doom metal are all consuming and ever expanding, warping your mind minute by minute. With psychedelic touches through each of the three tracks, Absconditus is an effort that provokes obscure hallucinations which ultimately break your mind completely.

From the very beginning, Assumption drag you in to the outer reaches of the cosmos. With a frigid and oppressive atmosphere to couple with the ever slow burning, crushing doom passages, Assumption grip you never to release you back in to reality. Absconditus is a massive and all consuming record all within three tracks. From beginning to end, Assumption holds your attention never to let it waver until everything has concluded. Assumption does a great job of  sucking you right in to this record, keeping you entertained and keeping you guessing as to what oppressive force you are about to bear witness to.

Through each of these three immense offerings, Assumption hits you with numerous looks, keeping you guessing as to what lethal sounds you are about to hear next. Assumption shift from glacial dirges to venomous blasting death on a dime and back again. These tracks wear you down, making  you buckle under their sheer weight as monstrous down-tempo riffs billow from your speakers as unearthly growls bellow from the ever darkening void. These tracks are colossal and their weight can certainly be felt from the very beginning all the way to end. As immense and powerful as “Absconditus” is as a whole, it is hard to turn away as this unique dirge of sickening death doom is incredibly captivating and alluring.

This is a masterfully crafted record, one that is complete with immense down-tempo riffs, unearthly blood curdling growls, hallucinatory ambiance and a smattering of skull sheering death metal. “Absconditus” is a monolithic effort, one that stands tall among the many doom releases that have billowed out of obscurity this year.

 

 

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