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Indian – From All Purity

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From All Purity

01. Rape
02. Directional
03. The Impetus Bleeds
04. Rhetoric of No
05. Clarity
06. Disambiguation

[01/21/14]
[Relapse Records]

First impressions are a hell of a thing. If you acted on them alone, you begin to make judgement calls pre-determined by classifications and stereotypes we’ve encountered in the past. I went into 2014 having never heard of Chicago’s Indian, whose new fifth record From All Purity is among the first to be released this year by Relapse Records, one of my all-time favorite labels. Going in blind, it would appear that From All Purity is being marketed as doom metal with the artistic aesthetic to match. The group’s Facebook describes the band as “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” and lists the likes of Hank Sr., Waylon Jennings, Van Zandt, and Lynyrd Skynyrd as artists the band admires. Of course, the first thing you’re going to expect — out of a band named Indian, no less — is a band like Red Fang or one of the many bands following in the footsteps of Electric Wizard. Fatal mistake; From All Purity, as it turns out, is one of the most pissed-off black metal-influenced releases I’ve heard in some time. Oops.

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Subrosa

2013 is done and over with, and you’ve all seen our many year-end lists by now. However, musical discovery never truly ends with a new calendar, and even a blog with ~20 members on staff can have blind spots. As we find albums in the depths of 2013 we missed out on the first time around, we’ll make good on correcting our oversight. After all, just because an album came out months ago doesn’t mean it isn’t worth talking about anymore!

Not long after I finished my own year-end list, I started catching up on the lists from other metal sites around the net. Along the way, I picked up on the perplexing Salt Lake City based Subrosa, a band that writes epic-length post-metal/sludge jams with stoned out vocal harmonies and sonic experimentations that put the band on a whole other level.

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Windhand - Soma

I’m not too involved in the world of stoner doom to call Windhand‘s Soma the stoned out album of the year thus far, but I’d wager to bet that its quality will hit fans of the genre hard, and have enough of a presence to draw in us sober metalheads who still love those slow burning Sabbath riffs. Overall, Windhand are your typical stoner band, but their execution and way of creating hooks puts them up there with Electric Wizard.

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Demon Lung – The Hundredth Name

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The Hundredth Name

01. Binding Of The Witch
02. Devil’s Wind
03. Eyes Of Zamiel
04. A Decade Twice Over A Day
05. Heathen Child
06. Hex Mark
07. Hallowed Ground
08. Incantation (The Hundredth Name)

[06/04/13]
[Candlelight Records]

It’s near impossible to be a metalhead and not have at least some sort of appreciation for doom metal. After all, the very birth of this grandiose music we’ve all come to know and love can be traced back to February of 1970, when Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut and completely changed the game forever. It’s been argued that every riff written since then was copied from Black Sabbath mastermind Tony Iommi, and while this is probably not true, Black Sabbath’s influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated. Now, doom metal seems to be in a revival state of sorts, and included in this revival is the sudden population of the genre with female fronted bands. Witch MountainChristian Mistress, and Castle have all released impressive albums within the past couple of years, and it’s safe to add yet another band to this ever-growing list of female-fronted doom bands: Las Vegas, Nevada’s own Demon Lung.

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Moss – Horrible Night

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Horrible Night

01. Horrible Nights
02. The Bleeding Years
03. Dark Lady
04. Dreams From The Depths
05. The Coral Of Chaos
06. I Saw Them That Night

[03/25/13]
[Rise Above/Metal Blade]

When you’ve hit the subterranean rock bottom of funeral doom, where notes hold for tens of seconds and cymbals are left to shimmer until the very last sound drains away, where else is there to go in terms of sheer oppressive heaviness? Moss seem to have been left with this conundrum following the release of the widely praised Sub Templum a good five years ago. Since then the band have dabbled with smaller releases, wryly entitled EPs despite their extensive running time, but never quite found thier new direction or even matched the hopeless drone of Sub TemplumHorrible Night  is the new beginning that the band have been aiming for — a sleazy back-alley crawl down Sabbath road and onto Electric Wizard lane.

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Ghost – Infestissumam

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Infestissumam

01. Infestissumam
02. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
03. Secular Haze
04. Jigolo Har Megiddo
05. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
06. Year Zero
07. Body and Blood
08. Idolatrine
09. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock

[04/16/13]
[Loma Vista Recordings]

Swedish enigmas Ghost have been a hot topic in music circles since the success of their debut album Opus Eponymous in 2010, which was a caricature of occult rock and metal culture with over-the-top theatrics and tongue-in-cheek lyrics promoting Satanism. Ghost captured the attention of the underground and mainstream alike not just because of the ironic Satanic frolicking, but because the band’s sound — which has drawn comparisons to Black Sabbath and a darker Blue Oyster Cult — is genuinely catchy and fun. Ghost are the odd band that manages to have an aged sound, yet have an overall air of originality about them. In a time where modern doom metal bands were all beginning to sound like incessant Electric Wizard and Sunn O))) worship, Ghost took the sound back to basics and made it larger than life. An album more hyped in 2013 than Ghost’s sophomore record Infestissumam would be hard to come by. Fortunately, this is one of those few albums that not only lives up to expectations, but surpasses them entirely.

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Ramesses

It’s a sad, sad day when a band that never quite got the respect they deserve call it a day. That band today is UK doom contingent Ramesses, initially formed by the departure of two thirds of the line-up that created the classic Electric Wizard masterpiece Dopethrone and its follow-up Let Us Prey. The announcement came through the band’s Facebook page:

After a decade of doom RAMESSES are now in hibernation for the foreseeable future.

Sadly this means we have to cancel our appearance at Desertfest 2013.

A massive blackened heartfelt thanks to all who have helped and supported us over the last 10 years…you will not be forgotten..

We are all 3 continuing with new musical projects….stay tuned….the trip continues..

Despite their association with one of the most revered doom albums of all time, the music they created with Ramesses was a beast of it’s own, combining sleazy apocalyptic riffs with an atmosphere so bleak and oppressive that very few others could match it. In nearly 10 years, the band provided us with 3 full lengths of crushing material, alongside a whole host of EPs and demo releases so after the jump there’s few of my own personal highlights. I would highly encourage anyone, with even a passing interest in doom, to check them out!

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T’is that beautiful time of year again. A season of good will, understanding and compassion towards your fellow man — a time for giving, loving and appreciating. The cold may have rolled in and the trees may have shed their once vibrant foliage, but the world finds solace in the love and company of others.  It’s a time to reflect on the memories of the year and plan ahead for the next.

But most of all it’s a time to listen brutal fucking metal and drink a fuck tonne of Advocaat, because 2012 was full of great releases and now’s your chance to catch on releases you may have missed or may have never even heard of. My first draft of this list was composed of 30 albums, which then shot up to 37 when I realised that I had forgotten to include EPs. Everything from new bands that came out of nowhere to blow my mind (We Are Knuckle DraggerBloodshot DawnOddlandExotic Animal Petting Zoo etc) to the old guard continuing their brilliant legacy (GojiraAbortedNapalm DeathDeftones etc) all unfortunately fell by the wayside in the ruthless culling exercise that produced this list. And I regret cutting every single one of them, but alas, if I was talk about every album this year that was great, I’d probably lose your attention pretty quickly. Who am I kidding? You’ve most likely already skipped on to the list and you’re not even reading this bit. I could write anything I want here and no one would notice. Anything at all.

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Bison B.C. – Lovelessness

Bison B.C.

Lovelessness

01. An Old Friend
02. Anxiety Puke / Lovelessness
03. Last and First Things
04. Blood Music
05. Clozapine Dream
06. Finally Asleep

[10/23/12]
[Metal Blade Records]

While the main complaints listeners opine when discussing an album usually revolve around discrepancies in songwriting, vocal style and/or production quality, some bands perform so strongly in one or two of these departments that their weaknesses can be forgiven. A personal example: Rorschach’s superb powerviolence/metallic hardcore makes up for some fairly horrendous vocals. Unfortunately for Bison BC, their newest release Lovelessness doesn’t allow the listener this option of tolerance due to a severe lacking in all three of these categories.

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Photo by Ester Segarra

Everybody’s favourite sultans of smoke, Electric Wizard have remained rather quiet since the release of Black Masses back in 2010. However, without much fanfare, the band released a vinyl only single in the late stages of last month by the name of Legalise Drugs And Murder which contains the first look into new material which should be contained on their upcoming 8th studio album. You can grab yourself a copy from either the UK based Rise Above Records store or the Nuclear Blast store for those of you in mainland Europe in both a standard black or a slightly more exotic purple pressing.

Legalise Drugs And Murder‘ stays in the same vein as their more recent spacey and psychedelic doom and contains an absolutely killer guitar solo, so whilst I don’t think the sound will disappoint anyone, it’s just a little odd to hear the Wizard in such small doses. They’re a band for which I try and go out of my way to listen to in ‘album form’, but to be entirely fair in the grand scheme of things, that’s a tiny complaint. Needless to say, I’ve already ordered a copy and I look forward to spending hours playing it backwards to see if it syncs up with any Kenneth Anger films…

- DL

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