Boris – LOVE & EVOL

Writing about a band as foundational to their genre and as monolithic in the landscape of post-Y2K metal as the Japanese amplifier cult known as Boris is tough. Trying to wear the hats of both fan and critic for these sorts of bands is always difficult; the same album elicits…

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Sunn O))) – Life Metal

In the beginning, there was darkness. Nothing. A total absence. Then, in a brilliant flash, something. The foundation of everything. Clouds of life’s most basic elements roiling slowly through once empty space. Eons upon eons pass, then stars. Planets. Water. Vegetation. Life creeping slowly, desperately, onto the beaches from the…

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Minors – Abject Bodies

The trailblazers of hardcore and all the other violent branches of music have one thing in common and it isn’t just having a catchy name. They all embodied a distilled sense of malice and ruthless aggression, brandishing the tools of the trade to create music that incites passion just as…

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Doomsday – 2018 In Review

A dark and foreboding greeting to you, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Yes, I’m afraid it’s that time again. The death of the year 2018 demands a review, and we would be quite foolish not to oblige. It’s been another very solid year for doom metal. Personal favorites and genre darlings alike have returned with huge releases, up and comers have made themselves known, and a certain giant of the scene made a comeback after a far too long hiatus. What’s not to like about DOOM 2018?

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Author & Punisher – Beastland

Tristan Shone’s industrial doom project Author & Punisher is easily one of the most unique acts on the current landscape of extreme music; while many acts proudly identify as a “one-man band,” Shone’s array of handmade instruments and impeccable limb independence allows him to weave songs together by himself without relying on backtracks to get the job done, borrowing musical cues from the likes of Neurosis, Godflesh, and Helmet in the process. Leaning heavily into drone and doom on initial releases, Shone’s musical palette and production know-how have broadened the dynamic considerably.