2019 Albums

Album Review: Mortiferum – Disgorged From Psychotic Depths 8 (Death Doom)

I had an epiphany during the opening track, “Archaic Vision Of Despair”, that death doom is supposed to be a combination of death metal into doom metal but in reality it’s mostly death growls over doom instrumentals. Well in this case the instrumentation brings a strong sense of death riffery but with a sludgy twist. It feels old school, it reminds me of some solid shit out of the late 90s and early 00s of death doomdom. Like all good music, this sounds like descending into the mouth of madness. Well, madness is a mixed bag. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Witch Ritual – Death:Beyond 9 (Stoner Doom)

I’m going to try to do this without doing a single pun involving their band name and hopefully without misspelling witch. Witch Ritual is some dense european stoner doom, real melancholic stuff. I haven’t heard their EP, but this is their debut LP that really cements their expectations high. This ones essential for fans Windhand and Jex Thoth, general doomheads should certainly check it out too. It has the raunchiness I love in stoner doom/fuzz without the exploitation aesthetic. It’s pretty awesome all over. […]

2018 albums

Album Review: Eluvian – Prophetic Flame 8 (Melo Death)

I found this album due to the artwork from Luke Oram who has done a bunch of solid metal records in the past couple of years like Firelink and Slugdge. He can do a variety of styles really well like fantasy, scifi and horror. He’s done a heap of covers but has a small following, he’s basically one of metals secret weapons right now. As a kind of bonus you can only get here at Noob Heavy, here’s a time lapse of Luke creating the cover for this album: […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Solus – Insight 8 (Black Metal)

I will preface this review with the fact that I enjoy melodic black metal and typically can’t stand symphonic metal of any kind. But this self recorded and self released solo project is winning me over with the symphonic aspect, it’s a lot darker than it’s typically arranged. It’s an interesting little detour away from all of the bigger bands. It’s more about the project itself, the craftsmanship and hobby. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Black Mountain – Destroyer 9 (Stoner Rock)

Alright, I’ve reviewed a heap of stoner doom/metal/rock this month but none of them have started with this much groove and old heavy metal and hard rock sensibilities. It’s a very different beast from my usual review in that it sounds like it has mainstream potential and uses poppy rock hooks. Most of what I’ve been listening to it is the kind of dark and heavy shit that can bury your heart so it’s a nice surprise to have a new stoner release that sounds positive and proggy. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Body Void – You Will Know The Fear You Forced Upon Us 8.2 (Sludge)

This band does not fuck around. This EP immediately starts off with a shitblast to the face in the first millisecond. If I had to describe Body Void in one word it would: Harsh. This is some of the darkest shit to come out this year and it never lets up throughout the record. It often sounds like someone being beaten on the ground by a group of people wearing dirty jackets. Considering their lyrics, it essentially is that. […]