Anyone who has ever been through Saint Louis knows that it’s a dark, muggy town. What better representatives for the city, then, than the doomy sludge monsters Fister. Sticking to traditional roots of novel packaging, this past month, the band has released two gems. The first is Violence, 25 minutes that spans the history of bloodshed by mankind. Album art packaging includes five artists illustrating one of the five movements of the song. The ink for the booklet was mixed with the band members’ own blood for printing. The second is The Infernal Paramount, a two track vinyl which plays from the inside/out, ending with a surprise locked groove at the finale. Doom never looked so good.
A lot of dark, metal-inspired art these days tilts heavily towards horror vacui style busyness, but Russian artist Denis Forkas Kostromitin goes for thick atmosphere and brooding moodiness over fussy and intricate lines. Think black and doom metal versus technical death metal.
Dark Castle is a duo from Saint Augustine, Florida, that makes sweaty, hallucinatory, heavy-as-hell doom metal. Frontwoman Stevie Floyd emasculates dudes with her dexterous riffage and gutteral growls while drummer Rob Shaffer uses a bass drum as a floor tom to ensure the destruction of your lower intestines. They’re touring through September. Don’t miss these [...]
Macedônian brutal doom outfit Potop, whose name means ‘flood’ in Polish, is one of the most anguished, despairing, dirty, hateful bands of the genre since Burning Witch. Their down-tuned, down-tempo sludge is virulently anti-life, oozing out of the speakers like poison gas.
Finland’s Reverend Bizarre make classic, heavy-as-hell doom metal with clean vocals. The instrumentation still nods at more contemporary bands in the extreme reaches of the genre (Themgoroth, Skepticism, et al), but the Sabbath references are also there, and frontman Sami Hynninen (aka Sir Albert Witchfinder) sings in a snarling baritone that is reminiscent of classic [...]
I’m totally on a huge doom metal kick lately, and Pantheist are one of the more interesting bands I’ve heard lately. Ostensibly a funeral doom band – meaning they play particularly slow and depressive metal – the London-based outfit from Belgium is not as harsh as most bands of this ilk, probably much to the [...]
The other night I got to check out legendary doom metal band Evoken. The five-piece, formed fourteen years ago, drew a tiny crowd in their home state of New Jersey (granted it was quite late and Longbranch isn’t exactly a bustling town), but they crushed the few heads that were there with down-tuned slabs of [...]