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?

Hey! Listen to Merlin!

Usually I would start a Hey! Listen to This! article with some sort of broader subject matter, trying to compare band x to band y, and so on. And while, yes, Merlin, and their third album Electric Children do have slight similarities to other bands (Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats comes to mind, just barely), they are so singular in their overall sound that it’s almost unfair to use comparisons. It’s not that Merlin has done something completely unique, though; rather, they have combined such an interesting variety of influences, sounds and instrumentation, and blended them in such a way that it turns out to be something very different than what you’re used to.