Norska – Too Many Winters

“Personality” is a word that’s not frequently thrown around when discussing doom or sludge metal. We’re often (and justifiably) engrossed in domineering riffage, thundering drums, and the bellowing growls of some dude shrouded in beard. But no matter how much you love the stuff, as they say, first impressions are…

Hey! Listen to Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard!

hat MWWB brings to the field is nothing new in terms of genre; they play a heavy doom style with what seems like light psychedelic elements interspersed throughout. (Really, on paper (or a website screen) it’s not much different from, say, YOB or Electric Wizard.) However, one is hard pressed to find a band that plays heavier doom than these guys, and it doesn’t hurt that the album’s songwriting is incredibly intelligent for its genre.

Hey! Listen to Cranial!

Post metal/atmospheric metal has an annoyingly ubiquitous sort of feel these days, doesn’t it? It seems as though every Friday we see yet another release of a band following in the footsteps of a Isis or Deafhaven, and more and more these releases continue to disappoint me, either through ad nauseam repeitition with little progression, or just uninspired songwriting. But I am here to say that although these releases won’t stop for a few more, there do exist some really good, post metal bands, although they’re very underground. In this case, I refer to Cranial and their debut EP Dead Ends, released by Germany’s Moment of Collapse Records.