Bevar Sea – Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea - Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea [India]
Invoke the Bizarre
2015
Full Length
The Mighty Riff Records
Stoner/Doom Metal

My journey with stoner/doom metal this week brings me to India, where my only encounters thus far have been interesting, from the melodic extreme metal of Demonic Resurrection to the illustrious storytelling of heavy metallers Albatross. Having heard of Bevar Sea a couple of times now, coupled with my pretty long-running interest in the stoner/doom metal genre, it is impeccable timing that the band drops their sophomore full length album, Invoke the Bizarre.

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Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

Kylesa - Exhausting Fire

Kylesa [USA]
Exhausting Fire
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Progressive/Sludge Metal

Seven albums and 14 years later, I finally got about to really discovering Kylesa and their psychedelic, progressive style of sludge metal. A little late to the party, nonetheless I guess it’s better to be late than not discovering good music. This year marks the release of Kylesa‘s seventh opus, Exhausting Fire and with the rather good run of stoner and sludge metal in the past 2 years, expectations are rather high for this trio’s brand new release.

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Ruin – Spread Plague Hell

Ruin - Spread Plague Hell

Ruin [USA]
Spread Plague Hell
2015
Demo
Nero One Records
Black/Death Metal

As extreme metal pushes the envelope more, with black metal bands becoming more evil and satanic, and death metal bands becoming faster and heavier, it is hard to get attention without some sort of characteristic that makes a band or record stand out. Ruin, having been around since 1990 before disappearing 1 year later and only to reemerge again this year, is one such act. With the lineup of the band being shrouded in mystery, and a brand new demo only 24 years after their previous release, it is hard to resist the temptation to find out what Spread Plague Hell sounds like.

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88 Mile Trip – Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip - Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip [Canada]
Through the Darkest Haze
2015
Full Length
Independent
Stoner Rock/Metal

Here’s some stoner rock out of the country known more for their technical death metal outfits and the bludgeoning war metal scene, Canada. 88 Mile Trip this year releases their debut full length album, Through the Darkest Haze, and even before listening to a single note of the band, the trippy artwork had already fully captivated me.

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Skraeckoedlan – Sagor

Skraeckoedlan - Sagor

Skraeckoedlan [Sweden]
Sagor
2015
Full Length
Razzia Records
Psychedelic Stoner/Doom Metal

My current run of infatuation with the stoner/doom metal genre has resulted in me discovering bands that I would have otherwise not have heard of, including those with such exotic names as SkraeckoedlanSagor is the Swedish fuzz-rock’s sophomore full length album, and in my quest to find more atmospheric/ambient, the artwork on the album certainly catches my eye.

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Black Trip – Shadowline

Black Trip - Shadowline

Black Trip [Sweden]
Shadowline
2015
Full Length
Steamhammer
Heavy Metal

I remember first discovering Black Trip when The Dagger broke out with their debut album, being far more impressed with Goin’ Under than the already excellent The Dagger album. With Goin’ Under bearing such stark similarities to the first two Iron Maiden albums (which I am also a great fan of), finding out that Black Trip were releasing their sophomore album Shadowline got me even more excited than the new Maiden album. Especially so with the disappointing first single of the aforementioned legends… Even then, could the band live up to the expectations that have been placed upon them with their stellar debut?

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Night – Soldiers of Time

Night - Soliders of Time

Night [Sweden]
Soldiers of Time
2015
Full Length
Gaphals
Heavy Metal

With the year thus far already spewing forth new records from EnforcerBlack Trip (more on them in the coming weeks) and the likes, it is hardly surprising that we are presented with yet another slab of the old school from Sweden. While not boasting the same credentials as bands such as Dagger and the other aforementioned bands, Night has been around for about 4 years now, with their sophomore full length Soldiers of Time being released under Gaphals, the very same label that brought us Nocturnalia and Oblivious.

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Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Valdur - Pathetic Scum

Valdur [USA]
Pathetic Scum
2015
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

With all my attention focused on the stoner, doom and psychedelic genres, I have overlooked the filthy, bestial black and death metal that I used to love so much, with the new Archgoat being the only record to really catch my attention so far. That was until I caught wind of American black/death metal horde Valdur releasing their fourth full length album Pathetic Scum, two years after the triumphant release that was At War With.

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Behold! The Monolith – Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
2015
Full Length
Independent
Stoner/Doom Metal

Architects of the Void may be American stoner/doom metal outfit Behold! The Monolith‘s third full length release to date, yet it is only on this album that I finally encounter the band. Initially expecting a thrash record with the band’s futuristic, thrash-inspired logo (think Havok, Bonded by Blood et. al), Behold! The Monolith instead presents a crushing and heavy tone on Architects of the Void, and the band couldn’t be further from the first impression one may get from the visual aesthetics.

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Oblivious – Out of Wilderness

Oblivious - Out of Wilderness

Oblivious [Sweden]
Out of Wilderness
2015
Full Length
Gaphals
Hard Rock

The foray into bands that pay homage to the roots of hard rock and heavy metal have led me to discover a whole host of new bands that uphold that creed, first with bands like Black Trip then later with the more psychedelic-leaning bands like Nocturnalia. One thing has always remained constant – that the bands’ origins are from where else, but Sweden. Here we have Oblivious‘ third opus, Out of Wilderness, and with their compatriots putting out such quality work, the pressure is on for them as well.

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