ROUND-UP

Here’s some more Doom Metal from recent weeks….

crypt of silence

CRYPT OF SILENCE
‘Beyond Shades’
Solitude Productions (March 2014)
9/10

This intense, traditional death-doom moves at an unhurried, regal pace. Ukraine’s Crypt Of Silence have created four colossal tracks, each measuring 11 minutes or more, that offer a beautifully simple, subtle grandeur. Solitude Productions have unearthed another gem.

birch crown

BIRCH CROWN
Self-titled (January 2014)
7/10

This one-man band from Italy creates some excellent traditional doom metal in the vein of Count Raven and Pylon. A little rough around the edges, there is a feel of Paul Chain’s ‘Alkahest’, but perhaps lacking some of that great album’s finesse.

nadja queller

NADJA
‘Queller’
Broken Spine Productions
8/10

Atmospheric dream-drone with glorious melody and industrial muscle. Imagine Godflesh playing The Cure songs, filtered through Neurosis’s amplifiers while performing drunken yoga. An all-enveloping racket. New 7″ ‘Tangled’ coming out in April.

blackwulf

BLACKWULF
‘Mind Traveler’
Self-released, January 2014
7/10

Melodic but hard-riffin’ doom from California. Bang your head to this cool,  crunching metal and savour the hints of 70s/vintage rock.

Fuoco-Fatuo

FUOCO FATUO
‘The Viper Slithers In The Ashes Of What Remains’
Caligari Records (March 2014)
7/10

A promising debut from this Italian band, offering crushing, deathly doom that revels in woe and emptiness. Relentlessly slow, bleak and dark, this is the sound of a sickening nightmare.

shattered hope

SHATTERED HOPE

‘Waters Of Lethe’
Solitude Productions (February 2014)
8/10

The accomplished Greek death-doom metal band return with their second album, and it’s pretty awesome. Slowly, slowly building drama and atmosphere, this is dark, depressing and deadly. Music to die for!

black hand throne

BLACK HAND THRONE
Preview of the South Carolina band’s new album ‘IV’ (out April 2014) available on Bandcamp. Download now and taste the Apocalypse, courtesy of this rabid stoner horde!

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