2020 Albums

Album Review: Draconian – “Under a Godless Veil” 9.5/10 (Doom Metal)

This year has been a flourishing year for doom metal as several of the Doom giants have released their masterpieces, among whom we can name My Dying Bride’s The Ghost of Orion, Paradise Lost’s Obsidian and Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days. But above all, I had been looking forward to listening to Draconian. They have always been an inimitable band to me and their signature gothic doom death metal sound has enthralled me ever since I discovered them more than a decade ago with their album Turning Season Within (2008), where I listened to “When I Wake” until my ears, as well as my heart, started to bleed. Album after album, they have stamped themselves upon the massive corpus of Doom Metal. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Harbinger Of Storms – “Talos EP” 7/10 (Doom/Gothic)

Harbinger of Storms is the work of one-man bedroom producer Shane Edward Semler. “Talos” is the companion to his last EP release, “Jupiter”. Everything about this EP has a mythical quality to it. Always having a strong interest in mythology myself, I was sucked in by the cover art. A huge winged automaton towers over a scene of fleeing livestock and peasants. Guarding them? Or poised to wreak havoc? Defined as Epic Doom Metal, I’m hoping for havoc and impending doom. […]

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! […]

Metal

Candlemass Announce First Livestreaming Concert July 3rd

Behold my ability to repost a press release from Napalm Records. I know a lot of you will be interested in this one because like myself you all enjoy Candlemass, even 36 years into their career. If you haven’t seen these music videos, then you might as well. One of them features Tony Iommi. As someone who is quite anti-social, to a fault, I dig live streamed concerts. I mean I’d rather watch the legends from home regardless of concerts because I’ll never be able to afford tickets close enough to the front. […]

Doom metal

Interview: Jonas from Katatonia

2020 has been a great year so far in terms of new releases from legacy bands, and now everyone is very excited about the brand new Katatonia album City Burials. It is released on the 24th of April via Peaceville Records. I had the incredible fortune to speak to Jonas the frontman of the band via Skype which has been transcribed below for your reading pleasure. It also includes a fan Q&A I did with Jonas where he answered YOUR questions. The audio version of this will be available on the podcast next week. We talked a lot about the album, lyrics, writing process and fans asks a variety of questions from collabs and online concerts to highly specific ones about certain songs. So there’s a lot to enjoy and learn here. […]