For Fans Of – Sleep

For Fans Of is a column that takes one very well-known and popular band that our writers and readers are fans of, and then our staff write about a small group of lesser-known bands that do similar things and who we think you all might like as well and give a listen to.

Whenever we discuss the topic of discussion for our next For Fans Of segment, one of the first things we consider is what genres we haven’t picked veteran bands from yet. FFO: Emperor came about due to the desire to cover black metal, and this time around, the colossal riffs of doom metal became the theme of the nominating process. And while there’s no shortage of bands deserving of the inaugural doom FFO, there’s really no contesting our final selection of stoner-doom legends Sleep, one of the pinnacles of the genre with an amount of influence approaching that of Black Sabbath. From the the heavy stoner imagery to the even heavier riffs to the band’s demise creating to equally incredible bands (High on Fire and Om), there really is no way to understate just how important these Cali potheads were for the genre and metal as whole. As we all wait for the recently reunited band to (hopefully) release a new full-length, check out some of the newer doom bands that have capably carried the pot leaf flag into new and exciting territory.

Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy

Taken merely at surface value, French black metal outfit Blut Aus Nord’s 777 trilogy (2011’s Sect(s) & The Desanctification and 2012’s Cosmosophy) could be interpreted as a unique and effective blend of Deathspell Omega’s chaotic black metal and Godflesh’s grinding industrial groove. Such a conclusion would mistakenly settle for genre tags rather than allowing the trilogy’s expansive sonic themes to define these three releases for the monoliths that they are. The core sensation lies within the plight of a delicate human soul being torn to shreds as infernal and divine forces both lust for ownership via a celestial tug of war. For moments of varying brevity, the spirit experiences respite in purgatory as the higher beings recuperate for another bought of soul reaping.

Alternate Ending; Revisiting Woods 5

Back in February I reviewed the latest and probably final record from Canadian doom band, Woods of Ypres. It was both a review and a final piece of mourning for the passing of founding member David Gold, who died in a car accident late last year. I discussed the various merits of the album, and in the end claimed it was the band’s strongest effort, and easily deserving a five out of five on the site.

Inverloch – Dusk | Subside

Inverloch Dusk | Subside 01. Within Frozen Beauty 02. The Menin Road 03. Shadows Of The Flame [04/10/12] [Relapse Records] I’m going to be fairly honest and sincere: I am not all that knowledgeable on doom metal. You have the melancholic masters of more mainstream doom like early Anathema and…