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Windhand

I’ve been listening to pretty much nothing but doom and stoner metal for the past few months, and one band that has been in constant rotation is Windhand. There’s just something about their Electric Wizard-meets-Alice in Chains vibes that I can’t get enough of, not to mention Dorthia Cottrell’s hypnotic, haunting and soothing croon. Their 2013 album Soma was one of the very best albums of that year, and this week, they are entering the studio with a legendary producer to record their new album. Find out who after the jump!

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Elder – Lore

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Some of the best music you can feed your ears is that which takes you on a journey. To translate the majesty of sprawling mountains, the serenity of a flowing river or the vastness of a magnificent chasm into a musical composition is something that many musicians strive for, but few are able to achieve. Creating a sonic journey that not only does these natural wonders justice but also stands the test of time is a daunting task, not to mention an ambitious artistic undertaking, but this clearly doesn’t intimidate Elder. On the contrary, creating sweeping soundscapes and taking the listener on an epic journey is simply what they do, and they do it damn-near perfectly.

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ufomammut-ecate

Last week we reported on Italy’s psychedelic sludge connoisseurs Ufomammut‘s first North American tour, with support from blog favorites Usnea. An effort to generate excitement in their seventh full-length project Ecate, the band has continued public intrigue with the debut of the album’s first single, “Plouton.” Head past the jump to hear the track:

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Alright, 2015 is fully here so it’s time for our favorite type of post. Heavy Blog is all about music and introducing you guys to new stuff is what we live for, especially if we’re talking about small bands you might not have heard of otherwise. The Great Machine is just that, as these sludge/hardcore aficionados hail from my native country of Israel. Head on over the jump for your first taste!

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Aside from a festival appearance or two, England’s leading doom/sludge metal act Electric Wizard haven’t been around the United States much for the past decade. Now with a few more albums under their belt, a dedicated cult following of younger fans, and one of the most consistent albums of their career having just been released in September, it’s time to die by their hand with a full tour. Yes, that horrible pun was intended.

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In 2009, my life changed irrevocably as me and three other good friends headed for Hellfest and then Graspop. It was my initiation into the international metal community and my first time in a large, European festival. The sheer number of bands I discovered that year is astronomical: Clutch, Electric Wizard, The Black Dahlia Murder and Down to name a few. I also so some bigger names perform live and had a thoroughly good time. Hellfest has a great location, great facilities and an all around endearing attitude. There have been some voices over the past few years claiming that the festival has since multiplied and has lost a lot of its charm. I don’t know about that. I do know about lineups. Head on over the jump to witness the majesty for yourself.

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twir-915One record overshadows all others when it comes to this week’s new releases but it was hardly the only album we reviewed in the middle week of September. This Week in Reviews after the jump.

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Electric Wizard – Time To Die

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When we speak of general phenomena in a certain genre and community, we tend to forget that behind our ideas or trends lie individual bands. All of these have their own contexts and motivations for creating their albums and these often lead them to fall outside of the mean. Even if that doesn’t fit our models or wishes, we should take a good, hard look at them and ask: “what exactly isn’t working here?”. This is the case with Electric Wizard’s newest release, Time to Die. With brilliant releases this year by other doom/stoner bands, like Pallbearer, Yob and Earth, the expectations were set high for this release. However, it sadly doesn’t fit our story of a “Doom Revival”. It falls short of the epic canvases set by these other bands and, indeed, by Electric Wizard themselves.

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Electric Wizard are somewhat legendary, holding the title as one of the most pronounced and committed bands in the smoke entrenched verse of doom and stoner. After five years of absence, we’re slowly heading towards a new release. We’ve already had a few tastes of what we can expect and it’s definitely been good ol’ Electric Wizard. However, we’re in for a different kind of treat. The new track, ‘SadioWitch’ is a bit faster and displays a different side to the upcoming album. Check it out after the jump, via Pitchfork.

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Electric Wizard

Between you and me, you already know what to expect here. Electric Wizard have been on their sludge-drenched path for a long time now and if there’s one band you can rely on to be steady and constant, it’s these guys. However, this is bigger than that. I’ve been fan of this insane bunch for a long time now and something here feels different. Maybe everything is just turned to 11, maybe the vocals sound even more tortured and central than ever before. Maybe I’ll have to wait for the full release to put my finger on it, but this track is absolutely outstanding . Check it out for yourself right here.

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