Doom metal

Artist: 
Beastmaker
Label: 
Rise Above Records

Beastmaker came out with their album Lusus Naturae which is straightforward doom metal. It is very heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and is actually very vocal oriented. Most modern doom metal bands have minimal to no vocals with nothing resembling lyrics but Beastmaker created songs that were really cool. Influenced also by a classic rock sound, this whole album was good to listen to. I think this would be a good starter for someone who is new to doom metal as it isn’t too gloomy and sad.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2016
Artist: 
Church of Misery
Label: 
Rise Above Records

Church of Misery really went for 2 things on the record: 1. Envelope-pushing doom metal (I'd still argue it's a little more hard rocky though; more like Black Sabbath than Bongripper). 2. Shock factor lyrics and album premise. It appears they genearlly focus on serial killers, and looking at lyrics for this album, they usually aim for first person narrative from the killer's point of view. The song Make Them Die Slowly is all about slowly gutting victims and disposing of bodies via sulphuric acid.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Bongripper (slightly)
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2016
Artist: 
High Priest of Saturn
Label: 
Svart Records

When questioning the different genres of metal, one must deal with doom metal. And in fact, many listeners don't enjoy the ten minute tracks, blurred vocals, and minimal instrumentals. I, on the other hand, love doom metal. Listening to good doom metal and this album especially does what doom metal is meant to – put you in a place of mental nirvana for a good hour while you’re burnt out on life. The gloomy nature of the album is beautiful, intricate and yet not overbearing and is sometimes minimally perfect.

Sounds Like: 
slowed down 70's rock
Sounds Like: 
underwater jams
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2016
Artist: 
Sunn O)))
Label: 
Southern Lord
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Sounds Like: 
Nadja
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Kult Mogil
Label: 
Pagan Records

Kult Mogil is from Tarnow, Poland and sounds like a really good mixture of doom metal and death metal. It’s a really interesting album, and honestly isn’t that long. Totally only 40 minutes long, it’s really good for radio. They don’t speak English but it doesn’t matter because the vocals – while minimal – still kick ass. This album honestly was confusing at first because it starts out really heavy and rough like death metal but melts into doom.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2015
Artist: 
Kult Mogil
Label: 
Pagan Records

Kult Mogil is from Tarnow, Poland and sounds like a really good mixture of doom metal and death metal. It’s a really interesting album, and honestly isn’t that long. Totally only 40 minutes long, it’s really good for radio. They don’t speak English but it doesn’t matter because the vocals – while minimal – still kick ass. This album honestly was confusing at first because it starts out really heavy and rough like death metal but melts into doom.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2015
Artist: 
Valkyrie
Label: 
Meteorcity Records

Shadows is Valkyrie's newest album with only 7 songs on it. But really, that's all you need, as they average around 5-6 minutes long each. I'm going to say right off the bat, I am not into this album. The songs feel like they go on for way too long and they literally all sound the same. Each song is essentially one really long guitar solo and each time I tried listening to this album I just zoned out. The one postive thing I will say about this is the album cover art is very pretty. The album art was what intially made me want to listen to it.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Classic Rock
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/18/2015
Artist: 
With Our Arms To The Sun
Label: 
Fade To Silence

With Our Arms To The Sun (self-abbreviated WOATTS) has 3 EPS, no albums. A Far Away Wonder was actually released in 2014. It’s your standard doom metal, although standard seems to be the new hot thing in metal lately. If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I’m a big doom fan myself and so I’m pretty picky about what doom is good and what is just too doomy. WOATTS produced one hell of an album. Its doom metal, slow drawn out, elaborate without being technical but it wasn’t overdone, boring, tiresome, and repetitive.

Sounds Like: 
doom metal with crazy video game/sci-fi synth
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2015
Artist: 
Shining
Label: 
Universal Music LLC

The album ranges from free form jazz on the first track to typical 2000’s metal on the second, then straight doom metal on the third track. Apparently the International Blackjazz Society is a real organization with a website. So that’s a thing. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s real, but the album included a website and told me to look at it. But back to the music, with occult and spooky themes, this album is all over the place. There really isn’t much distortion in terms of guitar or vocals and it’s not that heavy.

Sounds Like: 
Negura Bunget
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2015