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Esogenesi- S/T (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Formed in 2016, this is the Milan based death / doom metal crew’s debut album and another decent release this year from Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records. Five tracks and forty minutes of sci-fi themed doomy death metal might not… Continue Reading →

Krypts – Cadaver Circulation (Dark Descent)

I think the reason that I love Death Metal so very much is because of how eclectic it is. The lyrical themes that are covered are broad and enticing, and the musicianship equally so. If you want to take the… Continue Reading →

King Heavy – Guardian Demons (Cruz Del Sur Music)

This is the third release from traditional doom band King Heavy featuring Luce Vee, singer of Hooded Priest and ex-Procession bassist Daniel Saa, based out of Chile. There’s a mix of Trouble and Reverend Bizarre as the PR material suggests,… Continue Reading →

Ilsa – Corpse Fortress (Relapse)

Washington D.C five-piece Ilsa are well versed in the art of doom-death, having cut their teeth on splits with the likes of Hooded Menace, Coffins and Seven Sisters of Sleep. However, the defining characteristics of the band’s previous albums are… Continue Reading →

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)

Finland’s Hooded Menace have returned with their fifth offering with a truly tongue twisting name. 2015’s “Darkness Drips Forth” contained a quartet of epic Doom Death that pricked my ears before pummelling them. I think “Elysium of Dripping Death” is… Continue Reading →

Akatharta – Spiritus Immundus (Pulverised Records)

Blimey, this is one scary record. Now, just like I’m not the biggest black metal fan (gloomy, shed burning, badger painted fairies) I’m not the biggest fan of doom metal either. With a few exceptions I tend to find it… Continue Reading →

Evil Spirit – Cauldron Messiah (Terror From Hell Records)

Let’s start at the intro – ‘Him The Almighty Power’.  Almighty he may be, however in this instance he sounds like a rambling and no doubt cider addled ‘Harry Ramp’ warbling on about fuck knows what before seguing into what,… Continue Reading →

Grave Miasma – Endless Pilgrimage (Sepulchral Voice/Profound Lore)

Grave Miasma are somewhat of a staple of the black and death metal scene within London. Chances are, if you’ve attended a gig within the last 36 months or so, you will have seen them at least once or twice…. Continue Reading →

Doom Over London Part 2 – London Dome 26/3/16

Today things get really busy. Within ten minutes of doors opening a band is on at the Boston Arms Music room, the second they finish another starts upstairs at The Dome. This is the case all day with 4 groups… Continue Reading →

Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth (Relapse)

Let’s face it, 2015 has been a shit year for doom – sure, we’ve been inundated with boring stoner metal that dons a redneck trucker hat and follows the same cookie cutter formula of rip off, up tempo Sabbath and… Continue Reading →

Grave Ritual – Morbid Throne (Dark Descent)

Bestial. Primitive. Morbid. No, not a description of my sex life (….although) but an accurate summary of this cracker from Grave Ritual. If you’ve not heard of the band before, they formed in 2009 after Ryan (vocals / guitar)  &… Continue Reading →

Speedtrap – Straight Shooter (Svart)

Their last release ‘Powerdose’ was one of the albums of the year on many lists when released in 2013, this hyper active speed and metal act had their eye on the prize for that one. With ‘Straight Shooter’, the energy… Continue Reading →

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