Heavy Rewind // Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror

Just two years after their debut, Cathedral pumped up the tempo and incorporated a slew of influences stretching beyond their solid, but somewhat limited, doom metal sound on Forest of Equilibrium. Shades of sludge à la Black Flag and The Melvins are most apparent, but the band reaches further beyond the low-and-slow realm to pull in influences from hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock. Most importantly, the band’s vibrant personality sheds its skin entirely and reveals its true colors, thanks in large part by an unhinged, dynamic vocal performance from Lee Dorrian. It’s an exceptional combination that slightly edges out the band’s initial groundbreaking efforts. Whereas several bands contributed to the sound developed in part by Cathedral on Forest of Equilibrium, there’s never really been an album that sounds quite like The Ethereal Mirror, and it remains a multifaceted album with reverberations felt in music from the likes of Baroness, Pallbearer and a decent chunk of modern stoner metal.

Doomsday // May 2018

Greetings heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Welcome to Doomsday, our monthly roundup of all things slow, low, and otherwise doom related. 2018 is truly picking up steam and I’m (not at all) embarrassed to admit that I’ve already begun thinking about my year-end sludge pile and what records might make it…

Holy Roar Records Files Pt. 8 – Garganjua’s Through The Void

It’s really not fair to other record labels that Holy Roar Records exists. While Matt has been the main voice of our adoration for them on Heavy Blog, there are plenty more of us that are just in awe with the work they’ve been doing. Not only do they have an excellent roster but they also drip with style, professionalism and the willingness to deviate from what you’d normally expect to come out of their releases. To such an exception we turn our eyes today in this, the third of my contributions to our ongoing series checking in with the label. This time around, we have Garganjua, a band whose comparison to Pallbearer is immediate and somewhat shallow, as they add much to the formula of “emotional doom” espoused by Pallbearer’s meteoric rise to fame.

Heavy Blog Soapbox – Saying you “Have” to See Bands Live to “Get” Them is A Terrible Argument

After one of our reviews goes live, I always approach the comments section with hesitant intrigue. For all the supportive comment that makes the hours of listening and writing worth it, there’s inevitably going to be a detractor delivering a potent cocktail of salt and shade. Sometimes the criticism is…