Doomsday – January 2020

And thus it begins again, O Heaviest of All Bloggers. The death of the old. The birth of the new. A tale as old as time because it is the story of time. It all seems so very cold, inhuman, bitter, and cruel. But at least we get new music…

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Cannabis Corpse – Nug So Vile

I don’t know exactly why, but metal is so ripe for parody sometimes. Maybe it’s because it’s pretty easy to make fun of metal at times, and there’s such a uniform style that it’s just easy to ape. It can also be so chaotic that the bands themselves are just…

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Goatess – Blood and Wine

Whenever I put a new record on for the first time, there’s always a thought that comes in my head about how did the band decide upon their music. I mean that more in the sense of was there some kind of discussion upon forming the band that they were…

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Ufomammut – XX

Twenty years is a long time. A decades-spanning career is a dream most bands fail to actualize, so celebrations are certainly in order for Italian psychedelic doom masterminds Ufomammut. You simply can’t last that long without breaking some new ground, blowing some minds, evolving as to not bore your following,…

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Wizard Rifle – Self-titled

Even if you took a group of the most scholarly sludge punks and fed them a steady diet of Lightning Bolt, Neurosis, and Sonic Youth for years and years, it’s not likely they’d produce anything as unconventional as Wizard Rifle. Their tone and style is the connective tissue that convincingly…

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Horseburner – The Thief

While I hate to write a review for a band in context with other bands, it would be difficult not to mention our current sludgy overlords of Mastodon and Baroness with Horseburner. It’s interesting to see how a previous generation of metal darlings has a strong influence on rising musicians.…

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Hippie Death Cult – 111

What I like best about getting my paws on a debut record is experiencing the twofoldness of the statement that is made on this introduction. The record simultaneously says “this is definitively us” and “this is just the beginning.” (Well, hopefully it’s not the end so soon, right?) Portland quartet…

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Baroness – Gold & Grey

It’s always a tricky thing when an established group puts out a new record. You don’t want to get your hopes up necessarily, but you’re just really looking forward to hearing it. Especially if that artist is one of your favorites. You don’t want to project on them but it’s…

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