Hey! Listen to Orphan Devil

Another day, another excellent traditional heavy metal demo/debut EP! From the very first seconds of Orphan Devil’s demo, I was hooked; that dry, treble heavy guitar tone is something I’m just a sucker for. Add in vocals which make no apology for their influences, kind of like Traveler’s from just a year ago, and you get the complete package. This little release has one thing and only one thing on its mind: to play fast, old-school, effective heavy metal and its accomplishes this goal with ease. It’s being re-released on the 21st of February this year by the excellent Gates…

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The Osedax – Meridians

There’s always one album in the beginning of the year which I wasn’t expecting and which ends up blowing me completely away. It’s so consistent that I’ve come to expect it by now and, lo and behold, 2020’s iteration has arrived with full fanfare. The Osedax might be a name a few of you are familiar with (named after a bone eating worm – the ocean is a brutal place); these Virginia natives are set to release their third album this Friday and so are not exactly new-comers. But I was not familiar with them and so, I had no…

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Thy Catafalque – Naiv

Since this is my first review of the year, it’s a good time to mention one of my annual music resolutions. I try to evolve my listening habits with a new focus come Jan. 1, with this year’s theme being to cut down on my “Lazy List.” With all the music out there that interests me, I frequently shelve artists to listen to “later,” which often never comes. I’m aiming to be more impulsive and simply press play on these artists instead of adding new names to the list. Thy Catafalque is certainly a worthy candidate to kick off both…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Seven Planets Sail the “Seven Seas”

Rejoice, for it is once again time to premiere a track from a band signed to the excellent Small Stone Recordings! In case you’ve forgotten, these guys have released some of my favorite stoner rock and metal over the past couple of years, so I always enjoy working with them. This time around, we have the excellent and trippy instrumental stoner of Seven Planets, who are getting ready to release their excellent new album, Explorer, on February 2nd. “Seven Seas”, the track we’re premiering today, is one of the moodier tracks on the album or, as the band put it,…

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