Tag Archives: Doom Metal
The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
The Earth is the Sky
Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal
The first time I heard of The Moth Gatherer was 2 years ago with their last album, A Braight Celestial Light. Not knowing better then, the Swedes were a novelty in terms of the epic soundscape that they managed to create and the fusing of post rock elements into their style of metal. 2 years later, the band returns with their brand new effort The Earth is the Sky, which led me to revisit A Braight Celestial Light resulting in new insights, and better appreciation of these Swedes.
Bevar Sea [India]
Invoke the Bizarre
The Mighty Riff Records
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.
88 Mile Trip [Canada]
Through the Darkest Haze
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.
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 Skraeckoedlan. Sagor 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.
Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
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.
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic Rock/Doom/Stoner Metal
From the label that brought you bands like Sacri Monti, comes yet another psychedelic act, FOGG and their debut full length album High Testament. The psychedelic album artwork already promises a trippy affair, and the music certainly lives up to the first impressions that the band gives off.
I remember the year that I first discovered the blooming stoner/doom metal scene in Italy, with Prehistoric Pigs being one of the first that I listened to before chancing upon their compatriots such as King Bong, Throne and more. Wormhole Generator left a deep impression on me with the band’s relentless, crushing style of instrumental stoner/doom metal, and when I finally received the band’s follow up, this year’s Everything is Good in my inbox, I was excited and ready for more suffocating stoner instrumental doom.
Crypt Sermon [USA]
Out of the Garden
Dark Descent Records
After the old school heavy/doom metal revival that seems to be hitting hard in Sweden, it seems that the Americans are now on board as well, kicking off the year with Crypt Sermon‘s debut full length album, Out of the Garden. Comprising members from black metal bands such as Ashencult and Labyrinthine, as well as thrash outfit Trenchrot, one wonders if these influences are gonna seep into the material of Crypt Sermon, and what Out of the Garden is gonna sound like.
Hooded Menace [Finland]
Hooded Menace is one of those bands that I have every intention to follow, yet find it tricky with the whole host of EP and split releases that they have. While the band has 3 full length releases under their belts, a release like Gloom Immemorial is therefore something that I actually look forward to, a compilation of tracks taken from EP and split releases from the start of the band’s career, for those lazy to dig up those releases (like me), or for those who are unable to find these (possibly) out-of-print releases.