Doom

Artist: 
Mastodon
Label: 
Reprise Records

Emperor of Sand is a flurry of great guitar riffs and beautiful drumming. The first two songs and more pop sounding and would work well for a standard radio station. The vocals are more high pitched with clean, simple instrumental accompaniment behind it. As the album progresses though, it gets darker, sludgier, and heavier. This album has something for every kind of metal fan. It feels great to have new Mastodon music, and this album doesn't disappoint. All of the songs are FCC clean and there really isn't a bad song on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Cult of Luna
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/23/2017
Artist: 
The Bug Vs Earth
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I'm a big fan of Earth, only having a passing familiarity with The Bug, but from my point of view this album is a little boring. That isn't to say it's bad though, and the title Concrete Desert does a good job explaining the appeal. This music is slow, sprawling, and desolate.

Sounds Like: 
Earth
Sounds Like: 
The Bug
Sounds Like: 
the soundtrack to Dead Man by Neil Young
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Novembers Doom
Label: 
The End Records

Hamartia released their album Novembers Doom through The End Records, making this their tenth full length album. The vocals are powerful and controlling - reminiscent of the power one saw in Bowie's voice or even in actors who would play Erik (the Phantom of the Opera). The guitars and bass are powerful and loud, in the best way possible. Unlike a lot of doom, the vocals take front stage in this album and are the keystone of this album. The drummer, Sasha Horn, is crazy good and versitille.

Sounds Like: 
Prayer for Cleansing
Sounds Like: 
Invocation of Nehek
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Pallbearer
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

One of the many things I enjoy about doom metal is the fact that the singer sets his ego aside and lets the musicians take front stage. Pallbearer is so good at having a perfect blend of music and vocals. Because this is a doom album the tracks are a bit lengthy with the shortest song coming in at 5:25 (track 2) and the longest at 12:40 (track 8). That shouldn't deter you from playing this though because it is a beautiful soundtrack and honestly a piece of art. The gloomy yet intricate guitar captures your imagination as the band takes on almost ballad like songs.

Sounds Like: 
Kowloon Walled City
Sounds Like: 
Dopethrone
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
The White Swan
Label: 
self-released

The drummer from Kittie Mercedes Lander created a new doom/sludge group called "The White Swan" and they just self-released an EP - Anubis EP. Contrary to most doom metal all the tracks are about 3 minutes long. But this music and vocals are perfect and really what you're looking for in a doom album. I described the song Illuminate when first hearing it as "ethereal doom" so that should give you a good idea of what the album sounds like. Heavy hitting drums with a complimentary bass and guitar makes this album just amazing.

Sounds Like: 
a much doomier and slower Kittie
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
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: 
The Body & Full of Hell
Label: 
Neurot

The collaborative LP of (relative) youngsters Full of Hell along with the ever-creative duo The Body has been a fantastic mashup of styles. If you have ever listened to the bands, you know that The Body is typically slower-paced, generally more in the doom metal region (and sometimes blackish metal). Full of Hell is generally noise-ridden grindcore, they even did a different collaborative LP with Merzbow a few years back.

Sounds Like: 
Destroyer Destroyer
Sounds Like: 
Merzbow
Sounds Like: 
The Haxan Cloak
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2016
Artist: 
Goatess
Label: 
Svart Records

Goatess comes out with their album “Purgatory Under New Management” and quite honestly I’m not impressed. Its doom metal sure, but its lacking in a lot of things. First off the vocals sound exactly like Ozzy Osbourne, which would be amazing under the right circumstances. But the instrumentals don’t fit the vocals and vice versa. With most songs clicking in just around 7 minutes and 30 seconds, I found this album to be a little pretentious and just too long. There’s no real development of the music, story, or musicians’ talents.

Sounds Like: 
Ozzy Osbourne with a crappy doom metal band
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2016
Artist: 
The Body
Label: 
Thrill Jockey

The veteran two-piece metal outfit known as The Body has absolutely nailed it with this album. What is 'it' that they have nailed? Well, they have self-described No One Deserves Happiness as "the grossest pop album of all time" in most cases I've seen (which I like calling "disgusting pop" after listening to the album); a style/genre I can't say I've heard of before.

Sounds Like: 
Beyonce