Doom metal

Soused

Artist: 
Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
Label: 
4AD

Soused opens with high-pitched Van Halen guitars and almost operatic vocals by Scott Walker. I was scared, and not for the reason I usually am when I listen to Sunn O))). Was this collaborative effort between Sunn O))), a critically acclaimed metal group, and Scott Walker, an aging experimental musician with a particularly strange career path, going to be a total mess of a departure from the work of either of them (see: Lou Reed & Metallica's Lulu)? Honestly, not really.

Sounds Like: 
Sunn O)))
Sounds Like: 
Scott Walker
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2014

Awakening the Forest

Artist: 
Alunah
Label: 
Napalm Records

This is the most relaxing metal I've ever listened to. It's got very heavy guitar and drums often dominating the voice, which was already kind of hard to understand to begin with. But it works, and it sounds really good. Everything is slow and depressing, but there are some instrumental portions that are good for just playing in the background while doing homework or sleeping. The voice seems to be secondary to the music, so it's easy to forget that it's there and just get lost in the music.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2014

Endless

Artist: 
Mount Salem
Label: 
Independent

Mount Salem is a female fronted doom/stoner metal group. I’d say they are more doom than stoner, because the characteristic stoner “riffs” are rather slow and simple, which lends itself more to a doom sort of feeling. This album definitely draws heavy influence from early Black Sabbath, which is fantastic. I’d say they are not exactly anything unique or experimental, but they do a good job of bringing together the best of stoner metal and doom metal. The stoner metal riffs are there, and the heaviness of doom is also there, which makes for a decent listen already.

Sounds Like: 
Sabbath Assembly
Sounds Like: 
Rituals of The Oak
Sounds Like: 
Arc of Ascent
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2014

Leichenhaus

Artist: 
Bereft
Label: 
The End Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Crowbar, Burning Witch, Eyehategod
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2012

Blood Ceremony

Artist: 
Blood Ceremony
Label: 
Rise Above Records

 This album is a really great throwback mixture of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull, and by that I mean it's pretty much Sabbath style riffs all over the place with flute sprinkled throughout. Great for a retro album, the doom is definitely there, and there's a girl with a great voice that sings on it. Definitely play something from here. 

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Jethro Tull
Sounds Like: 
Dio
Name: 
Jeremiah Traeger
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2012

Dualitas

Artist: 
Withered
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

These guys play mostly blackened death metal, but there's also really heavy doom and sludge influences on their sound as well. There's plenty of talented musicianship, heavy riffs, and experimentation to be found on this album. The lead singer kinda reminds me of Ihsahn (Emperor), except maybe with some deeper vocals. The second half of the disc also features some of the strongest tracks, so it really does a good job at building those songs up. Overall, this is a very solid album, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2011

Blood of the Pentagram

Artist: 
Gravew├╝rm
Label: 
Hell's Headbangers

Not to be confused with Italian gothic/black metallers Graveworm, these guys play a mixture of thrash, doom, and old school black metal. They have a very raw, minimalist sound to them. Their songs are very riff-based, and they actually have pretty good riffs at times, but the vocals are really raspy and sound really gritty. I understand some bands like to do this, and I'm fine with that, but it doesn't sound good on this album because it's inconsistent. The vocals are low quality, whereas the guitars were recorded pretty well, and they decided to use an obnoxiously digital drum machine.

Sounds Like: 
Goatlord
Sounds Like: 
Sodom
Sounds Like: 
Hellhammer
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2011

V

Artist: 
Unearthly Trance
Label: 
Relapse Records

"V' by Unearthly Trance is probably the album you will be listening if you plan on taking a trip to hell. Its angering sounding and brutal. The guitars produce a heavy an saturated sound but its not too distorted there is still clarity in the notes. This band has references to some crazy stuff, almost like they are chanting about an anti-religion because this album is nuts! I find this album better if you listen to it in pieces, if you listen to is straight through, you'll grow tired of it but really its a sick album.

Sounds Like: 
Zoroaster
Sounds Like: 
Ramesses
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
12/07/2010

Stoned

Artist: 
Acid Witch
Label: 
Hell's Headbangers Records

These guys play some slow, heavy, sludgy, Black Sabbath-inspired music, wrapped up quite nicely with some incredibly cheesy lyrics about (i bet you can't take a guess from their name...) drugs and horror movies. And... that pretty much just sums it up really. It's good, and there are some seriously monster-riffs on here, but it's all-in-all kinda forgettable. It does have it's highlights, it's just that I like a little bit of variation in my stoner/doom riffs. I'd still reccommend a listen, especially if you... partake.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Entombed
Sounds Like: 
High on Fire
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2010

Matador

Artist: 
Zoroaster
Label: 
E1 Music

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Sounds Like: 
Monster Magnet, Sleep, Black Sabbath
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010 </