Doom metal

Restarter

Artist: 
Torche
Label: 
Relapse Records

Pretty loud and not as angry as you might expect. Makes me wish I had better speakers on my laptop. I feel like this is the kind of album that just needs to be played as loud as possible. Overall, it was pretty good. Nice mix of long and short songs. Lyrics are a bit muffled by all the guitar, but not in a necessarily bad way? It just seems like the music is much more the focus rather than the words. It's not their first album, and you can tell they've got some experience because it sounds really well put-together and everything flows nicely from one track to the next.

Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2015

Wound Empire

Artist: 
Abstracter
Label: 
Vendetta Records

Extremely sludgy, this record's tempo mixed with the sound is similar to a huge semi-truck that is in dire need of an oil change. The intro of the first track "Lightless" seems way to long, but recatches your attention with a pair of killer riffs in the middle. This kind of style will eventually get you really into the sheer depressive mood this record represents.  The tone in every instrument is quite low (including vocals), just adding to the blackened atmosphere.

Sounds Like: 
Nux Vomica
Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2015

The Cosmic Trance into the Void

Artist: 
Hic Iacet
Label: 
Iron Bonehead Productions

Very heavy and dreadful, it is the soundtrack to a feeling as if some sort of spiritual doom is imminent. This is a quite awesome listen,  tempos and styles change frequently; so you are left to wonder is this doom, death, or black metal? In the end, it really doesn't matter, these guys capture your soul and rip it apart piece by piece with each gut wrenching riff. The sound is very raw and low, almost as if they are going for the sound a rusty chainsaw makes when it is trying to be started up with sludgy gasoline.

Sounds Like: 
Dissipation
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2015

Merging in Light - EP

Artist: 
In The Company Of Serpents
Label: 
Self-Released

The Denver-based, two-piece doom and sludge metal band In The Company Of Serpents has come out with what appears to be their first EP, entitled "Merging in Light". Even though it's only a three-song album, it is a 21 minute listen, mainly because it's just super-sludgy doom metal. Much like a similar album I reviewed earlier this year, Latitude Egress's "To Take Up The Cross" (http://kamp.arizona.edu/node/4141), it is not what I would've typically picked up. That being said, it was a very satisfying listen.

Sounds Like: 
Latitude Egress
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2015

Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Artist: 
Primitive Man
Label: 
Relapse Records

      This is some heavy stuff,  these guys just basically slam power chords for the entire 4 song, 30 min duration. The depressing, doomish vibe really gets the listener involved in the tone, creating an almost misanthropic and hopelessness atmosphere. Most of this record is very.... very slow, and quite boring if you're into high tempo stuff. But this doom metal album leaves a mark on you, inserting a type of depression into your mind that releases mixed feelings about the world around you.

Sounds Like: 
Coffinworm
Sounds Like: 
Lord Mantis
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2015

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