Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Atriarch - Forever The End (2011)

"Atriarch is a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual where there is no god, there is no devil; there is an all encompassing force that connects all living things."
Hailing from the Pacific Northwestern United States, Atriarch is a mesmerizing doom metal force comprised of members from Graves at Sea, Trees, and Final Conflict. "Forever the End" is an impressive debut full-length encompassing haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Last CD Before Doomsday (2004)
Worship is a highly respected German funeral doom act that was founded by “Fucked Up Mad” Max Varnier from France and Daniel “The Doommonger” from Germany in the late 90’s. The Last CD Before Doomsday is a re-issue of the Last Tape Before Doomsday demo, which was released on cassette in 1999. The original tape contained four songs of minimalistic doom metal, driven by the tortured vocals of "Mad Max". In 2001, while their second album, Dooom, was in the process of being written, Max committed suicide and the band was then put to an end. The following year, they decided to reunite, and preparations were made for the finishing of the album, which was finally released in 2007. Dooom has been recognized as one of the most sorrowful, meaningful, and therefore most sought after funeral doom records of all time.
 Dooom (2007)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thorns of the Carrion - Gardens of Dead Winter

Country: USA
Record Label: Wild Rags
Total playing time: 53:40

Formed in 1992, Thorns Of The Carrion is an American death/doom band from Ohio who never seemed to have gained the recognition they deserve. The Gardens of Dead Winter was their first full-length and was originally self-released in 1994. It provides a great snapshot of glacial and sorrowful death/doom at one of it's earlier stages.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vastum - Carnal Law (2011)

Country: USA
Record Label: 20 Buck Spin
Total playing time: 33:45

Hailing from San Francisco, Vastum play an old-school, doom ridden style of death metal. They formed in 2009 and feature three members of the metallic crust band, Acephalix. Carnal Law is their only release thus far and is mandatory for any fan of punishing yet tasteful and creative death/doom.
"Conceptually ‘Carnal Law’ explores themes of sexuality and psychic disfiguration, not in the oft juvenile way associated with underground metal. Frustration, pain, pleasure, confusion, depravity, death, life and isolation; the lines are blurred. While a newer name to the death metal multiverse, Vastum sound every bit a twisted, seasoned band well-read in the genre’s strengths and weaknesses, and harness them at will toward their own Law."
1. Primal Seduction
2. Re-member
3. Devoid
4. Umbra Interna
5. Carnal Law
6. Spirit Abused

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Volahn - Dimensiónes Del Trance Kósmico (2008)

Country: USA
Record Label: Crepusculo Negro
Total playing time: 44:30

Volahn is a solo black metal entity that was founded in 2003. Volahn is considered a sole member of the infamous Black Twilight Circle. His amazing full-length, Dimensiónes Del Trance Kósmico, is a fine representation of the extreme aggression and raw dissonance that is achieved by Black Twilight. If you haven't already, check out the Worship Black Twilight compilation which features Volahn and associated acts.

1. Trascendencia Del Espacio Y Tiempo
2. Soledad En Despertar
3. Uno Con Kaos
4. Crepúsculo Negro
5. Cuerpo De Fuego
6. Trance Ceremonial
7. Caliz Del Purgamiento

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mourner - s/t (2010)

Country: USA
Record Label: Paradigms Recordings
Total Playing Time: 39:55
 "Now this is one monolith of an album - total crushing down-tempo bleakness from Nashville, Tennessee. Mourner summon a haunting 40 minute soundtrack of down-tuned, glacially slow blackness, laced with witch-rasping vocal incantations, crashing percussion and an atmosphere of foreboding dread. Isolationist funeral doom has rarely sounded so claustophonic, epic, beautiful and harrowing all at the same time." -Paradigms
1. The Death Posture (11:29)
2. Still I (15:06)
3. Still II (13:20)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ophis - Withered Shades (2010)

Country: Germany
Record Label: Solitude Productions
Total Playing Time: 01:04:21

Ophis have been active since 2001 and just released their second full-length, Withered Shades, last year. The riffing on this record brings upon a perfect balance of melody and crushing dominance. The songs are very well written and great musicianship is apparent throughout the album, especially during the upbeat death metal passages. The melodies here seem to create a sense of unsettling decrepitude, which nicely compliments the powerful and unrelenting heaviness. I found their logo to be a bit cheesy, but that in no way represents the immense sound that Ophis brings to the table.

  1. The Halls Of Sorrow
  2. Suffering Is A Virtue
  3. Earth Expired
  4. Necrotic Reflection
  5. Halo Of Worms

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bloodiest - Descent (2011)

Country: USA
Record Label: Relapse
Total playing time: 38:46

Descent is the debut album from Chicago-based psychedelic doom metal ensemble, Bloodiest. Drawing indirect influences from bands such as Neurosis and Swans, Bloodiest create a stunningly powerful wall of sound that becomes trance-inducing and very unpredictable at times. This is definitely the most unique and memorable new release I've heard in quite some time.

  1. Fallen
  2. Col
  3. Pastures
  4. Dead Inside
  5. Slave Rule
  6. Obituary

Methadrone - Sterility (2008)

Country: USA
Record Label: Foreshadow Music
Total Playing Time: 53:02

Methadrone is a one-man ambient/drone band with a prominent industrial/neo-folk influence. The sound is characterized by dual bass guitars, programmed drum patterns, ambient electronics, and excellent reverb-drenched vocals creating a very meditative atmosphere.

  1. Sterility
  2. Self Relinquishment
  3. Servitude
  4. Continuum Of Decline
  5. Bury Me Standing
  6. Horizone
  7. Lassitude
  8. Final Transmission

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lake of Blood - As Time and Tide Erodes Stone

Country: USA
Record label: Human Jigsaw
Release date: March 21st, 2011
Total playing time: 32:33

Hailing from sunny Southern California is one of the most blistering cold American black metal bands around today, Lake Of Blood. As Time And Tide Erodes Stone is their debut full-length that surpasses earlier works by a long shot. Check out the upcoming tour dates with Vestiges at their website.

1. Proxigean Arcanum (17:10)
2. Destroyer Of Vices (15:23)

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Ataraxie - Slow Transcending Agony (2005)

    Country: France 
    Record Label: Weird Truth Productions
    Total playing time: 51:02

    Ataraxie is a French doom metal band that formed in the year 2000. Slow Transcending Agony is their first full-length album. It encompasses elements of both funeral and death/doom metal by incorporating slow funeral melodies along with blasting death metal passages. This is a truly flawless record.

    1. Step into the Gloom (6:14)
    2. Funeral Hymn (10:06)
    3. L'Ataraxie (11:44)
    4. Slow Transcending Agony (11:43)
    5. Another Day of Despondency (11:15)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Anhedonist - The Drear (2010)

    Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
    Label: Self-released
    Total Playing Time: 35:36

    Anhedonist is a relatively new death/doom band from Seattle that churns out funeral heaviness characterized by a sense of mournful desperation. They recently played an excellent show in Oakland with Dispirit which led me to tracking down this demo. As the cassette version is sold out, the vinyl is still available through Parasitic Records. You can also check out their upcoming tour dates along with other information at the Anhedonist website.

    1. The Insatiable Hole (11:46)
    2. Despond (10:38)
    3. Ouranophobia (13:12)

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Lycus - Demo MMXI

    Lycus is an active doom metal project that I take part in. This demo was recorded and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA. Cassettes have been released through Graceless Recordings. For information regarding Lycus shows and other updates, visit our web-site.

    1. Resonance in Aether (7:55)
    2. Among the Ruins (8:02)
    3. Aghast (9:07)

    Artwork by Bryan Proteau of San Francisco, CA.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Brainoil Discography

     "Hailing from the hometown of Neurosis, High on Fire, Dead and Gone and the Oakland Raiders comes the new devil spawn of Rock and Roll; Brainoil. With a wall of raspy down-tuned equipment, Brainoil melts intense underground live energy with a powerful, tight rhythm section creating head-throbbing southern-sludge influenced Rock and Roll." -Life is abuse
    Demo (1998)
    Iron Lung split 7" (2001)
    Brain/Lung is an extremely rare split with the legendary power-violence duo, Iron Lung. It was released on Boredom Noise Records.
    Cruevo split CD (2001)
    Although this amazing split was jointly released between four different labels, it was limited to a single run of only 1000 copies. Cruevo was another great Oakland-based band delivering three longer songs of intense stoner-crust.
    Brainoil s/t LP (2003)
    Brainoil's legendary debut full-length is often described as "Southern-sludge at it's best". It was initially released on Life is abuse in 2003 and then on Throne the following year.
     Death of this Dry Season (2011)

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Corrupted Discography

    Anciano EP (1995)

    El Dios Queja 10" (1995)
    Nadie EP (1995)
    Originally released on CD by Third Culture (Japan).
    Repressed on vinyl in 2008 by Throne Records.

    Grief split 7" (1995)
    Noothgrush split CD (1997)
    Black Army Jacket split 7" (1997)

    Paso Inferior (1997)
    Paso inferior is the first full-length studio album by Corrupted.
    The album was originally released by Corrupted's own label, Frigidity Discos.
    The title is Spanish for "Underpass".

    Enemy Soil split 7" (1997)
    Dios Injusto EP (1999)

    Scarver's Calling split 7" (1999)

    Phobia split 7" (1999)
    Llenandose de Gusanos (1999)

    Llenandose de gusanos is the second full-length studio album by Corrupted.
    The title is Spanish for "Filling Oneself with Worms".

    Machetazo split 7" (2000)

     Meat Slave split 7" (2000)

    Sloth split 7" (2000)

    La Victima Es Tu Mismo EP (2001)

    Discordance Axis/Corrupted/324 (2001)

    Cripple Bastards split 7" (2002)

    Infaust split 7" (2002)

    Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos (2004)
    Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos is the 3rd full-length album by Corrupted. 
    It was released on January 17, 2004 on vinyl limited to 1000 copies.
    The title is Spanish for "It is done for assassin dreams".

    El Mundo Frio (2005)
    El Mundo Frio is the fourth and latest full-length album by Corrupted.
    The title is Spanish for 'The Cold World'.

    Vasana EP (2007)

     An Island Insane EP (2007)