Tag Archives: Doom Metal

ELECTRIC WIZARD: Follow Up to “Time to Die” Due for a Halloween 2016 Release

Electric Wizard 2016

Spinefarm Records are aware that free and wild cult leaders, ELECTRIC WIZARD, are working on their ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release.
This is all the information available. The whereabouts of the band and the recording / mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course…
This new offering will be the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Time to Die’ – which can be purchased HERE– and will be the second release on the band’s‘Witchfinder Records’ imprint, the result of a worldwide deal withSpinefarm Records.
‘Time to Die’ effectively closed the lid on a particular part of the band’s career, and this new album will represent a fresh turn of the turf…
Until that time, get your fix of pure evil at one of these live performances:-
08/26/16 – Psycho Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
EW recently headlined ‘Desertfest’ in both Berlin and London, finishing off the festivals (and the attendees’ ear drums) with the sort of performances that have made them the true gate-keepers of UK metal’s great & glorious traditions.

The Moth Gatherer – The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer - The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
The Earth is the Sky
Full Length
Agonia Records
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.

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Bevar Sea – Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea - Invoke the Bizarre

Bevar Sea [India]
Invoke the Bizarre
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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88 Mile Trip – Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip - Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip [Canada]
Through the Darkest Haze
Full Length
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]
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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Behold! The Monolith – Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
Full Length
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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FOGG – High Testament

FOGG - High Testament

High Testament
Full Length
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.

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Prehistoric Pigs – Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs - Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs [Italy]
Everything is Good
Full Length
The Smoking Goat Records
Stoner Metal

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 BongThrone 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.

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

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Album Review: Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden

Crypt Sermon [USA]
Out of the Garden
Full Length
Dark Descent Records
Doom Metal

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.

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Album Review: Hooded Menace – Gloom Immemorial

HOODED MENACE - Gloom Immemorial

Hooded Menace [Finland]
Gloom Immemorial
Doomentia Records
Death/Doom Metal

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.

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