2020 Albums

Album Review: Void Rot – Descending Pillars 8 (Death Doom)

A pinch on the arse this record is, a solid helping of death doom with an emphasis on the death. I’ve been waiting for this one, waiting. Unfortunately for the rest of you rubes, September is when you’ll be hearing this beast in its entirety. I’d go ahead and call this a safe bet for pre-order, not only does it sound good but you can gauge your expectations by checking out their previous output, a Void Rot/Atavisma split out earlier in 2020 via Everlasting Spew. That split set a tone that I wanted more of, and here it is! […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Dominia – The Withering of the Rose 9 (Doom/Gothic)

Although more than two decades have passed since Dominia formed in 1999, they have a very sparse but steady discography of only five albums. This shows how meticulous this band is when it comes to artistic production. This, in turn, may have resulted in their current status of obscurity and the fact that they are not well known among listeners to this genre despite all their merits and talents. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Death Courier – Necrotic Verses 8 (Death/Doom)

A surprising re-entry album from a legacy Greek band, this is their first major release since 2013 and their first one on Transcending Obscurity. Since the 80s Death Courier have undergone several lineup changes and lengthy breaks but the creative force of Billy Soulas drives on unimpeded with this fantastic death record. You can always tell when an album is made by people who have been playing a specific genre for a long time, it has those old school vibes without trying too hard, a bit of that Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst hammering. Less trendy and more authentic in sound. […]

Death/Doom

Metal Redux: Cemetary – An Evil Shade of Grey (Death/Doom)

An Evil Shade of Grey is an outstanding and very listenable Swedish Death Metal album with a genuine element of uniqueness. This comes from its tastefully written melodic riffs and song structures, that are layered with atmospherically textured elements, and all combined to create a gloomy ethereal listening experience. The production is dynamic and intelligent, accentuating moments within each track to compliment lyrical themes (a very strong point of the album), whilst also creating a perfectly crafted sense of melancholy. Although Cemetary have been labelled Death / Doom Metal, this album also has some Black Metal elements floating just beneath the surface.
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2020 Albums

Album Review: Fires In The Distance – Echoes From Deep November 7.8 (Death Doom)

A dashing debut album that ranges from gothic doom to melodious death doom with equal finesse. There’s a lot of nice tones on this album with what sounds like some real keys instead of symphonics. It’s very atmospheric and in the realm of Katatonia and Amorphis fandom which we all love. We’ve got a really nice piece of art here done by Caelan Stokkermans who I have covered previously. Not sure if they did the design as well but I love the logo and album title typography. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands 7.5 (Death Doom)

The first thing which is worth mentioning in this album is its artistic cover. I am totally in favor of bands actually taking artwork into serious consideration and GSF is a band worthy of praise for their meticulous choice of album covers which are of esthetic value. This piece is a dark and sort of fantastical image of a land of doom. The shadowy and blurry atmosphere in which some human silhouettes and an obelisk are barely visible on top of some coastal rocks has created a nightmarish sight. It is indeed a glimpse into a cold dead land. Thumbs up to the artist Travis Smith, who has previously worked with giants like Death, Katatonia, Amorphis, Iced Earth, Anathema and Opeth, for creating yet another superb work of art. […]