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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Doomsday, April 2019

Greetings unto thee, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Hopefully, the majority of you have emerged from your wintry dens of protection and gotten some sun on your bodies. Maybe you even enjoyed that special holiday in April that doom dudes are really into. I’m speaking, of course, about Earth Day. What…

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Big Business – The Beast You Are

Things change. It is the one constant in life. Nothing always stays the same. It is the natural order of things. And that can be tough to deal with. You can fight it all you want, but it almost always results in abysmal failure. When change rears its head, you…

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