Doom metal

Artist: 
Black Sabbath
Label: 
Self-Released

This one won't need much of a review because it's fucking BLACK SABBATH. "The End" is an EP that was released on their final tour by the same name, and was made available only by going to that tour. I was lucky enough to see them live at the last Ozzfest, and they are absolutely better than ever. The first 4 tracks on this EP are unreleased tracks from their last studio album "13", and the last 4 are live recorded tracks from "13" and "Black Sabbath, Vol 4". This EP is incredible. Each song sounds as if it was recorded in their prime.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath, duh
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Ghost
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

Papa's back motherfuckers. With a host of old tunes, Ghost has released the aftershock of their third album Meliora upon the masses: a new EP called Popestar. Much like their If You Have Ghost EP back in 2013, Popestar is mostly a collection of covers, including one of the Eurythmic's later hits "Missionary Man," which is just as catchy now that it's in Swedish occult rock form as it was in its original 80's pop form.

Sounds Like: 
Magna Carta Cartel
Sounds Like: 
Subvision
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2016
Artist: 
Opeth
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

This song is really funky, like it’s a genuine blend of RPM and metal. This song doesn’t fit into one genre of metal so when you hear funk and doom and stoner all rolled into one review it makes sense. This is a pretty cool track, just different. The vocals are pretty muted and far away while the guitars and drums really captivate the listener. This is just a really groovy track that sounds like old school metal in the 1970s and 80s. If you wanna hear a really cool song, just play this track. 

Sounds Like: 
1970s metal mixed with modern influences
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/04/2016
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
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