MONARCH! – The Heavy Blog is Heavy Interview

Writing a standout doom metal album is a difficult task nowadays. This isn’t due to an overall lack of quality within the genre’s modern progenitors, but because of the antithesis; more and more excellent doom metal albums seem to enter the running for our year ends lists with each passing year. MONARCH! (Monarch from here on out) has never struggled with this  endeavor over the course of their 15-year career, particularly when it comes to their recent output with the eminent Profound Lore Records. Yet, while Sabbracadaver was certainly a doom highlight in 2014, Never Forever sees the band returning this year with their most colossal and grandiose album to date, presenting a masterful synthesis of drone metal with doom’s more macabre characteristics. We sat down with the band to discuss the process of writing their latest epic, as well as a handful of other topics related to their past, present and future within the shifting landscape of modern doom. 

Krallice – Years Past Matter

Black metal is a curious beast; it can either be really beautiful and transcend the five senses we are born with and expose us to new pleasures previously unknown, or it can unlock seething vitriol and hatred, eschewing the misanthrope, violence, and racism for which the genre is notorious. Whatever the case, it’s easily one of the most controversial and centralized of all metal sub-genres. Every brand has its clique: trve kvlt, atmospheric, post, experimental, progressive, etc. All of these separate sub-sections stay within their limits, and so do the fans. Now there are some exceptions to the rule, of course, and there will always be overlap for those who love all metal, but as a whole metal fans — and fans of music in general — tend stick to their own little sphere. Krallice fall in the gray area; an area in which all boundaries are knocked down and the music encompasses far more genres and influences than ever thought.

Krallice – Diotima

Krallice Diotima 01. – 02. Inhume 03. The Clearing 04. Diotima 05. Litany of Regrets 06. Telluric Rings 07. Dust and Light [04/06/11] [Profound Lore] 2011 was arguably the best year I have ever personally seen in terms of album releases. We had great releases from Protest The Hero, Machine…

Oh Shit, Here’s Some New Agalloch

Everyone’s excited about the new Agalloch album, Marrow of the Spirit. If you are one of the few who aren’t, it’s okay; you don’t know any better and it isn’t your fault. You’ll come around eventually! Stereogum has debuted a new Agalloch song, “The Watcher’s Monolith.” It is 11+ minutes…