Category Archives: Doom Metal

Two promising demos from 2017: Sickness (Finland) and Moenen of Xezbeth (Belgium)

    Extreme metal should have always remained lo-fi, a sentiment previously expressed and one to abide by. In a technologically advanced age, however, a tendency such as this could be construed as mere gimmick if the grime doesn’t in fact … Continue reading

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Solstice – To Sol a Thane (Demo, 2016)

It is a fool’s gold that makes rich a man now and your truth will buy you only the lonely walk to our hungry gallows – Solstice, ‘White Horse Hill’ For those in the know, Solstice have been one of … Continue reading

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Urfaust – Empty Space Meditation (2016)

Empty Space Meditation is an album for the winter months. Each song here is a demonstration of a unique and not-always metal-related style of music. Equally at home among dark ambient, black metal, funeral doom’s homophonic dirge, gothic rock, and neoclassical … Continue reading

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Cóndor – Sangreal (2016)

This Colombian band’s trajectory over three albums has seen them continuously filter out elements that may have been considered extraneous to their sprawling, ambitious vision. That vision is one quite palpably dripping with melodic information, where the idea of stasis … Continue reading

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A week of Sabbath: Sabotage

Sabotage is easily the original Black Sabbath‘s most focused and consistent album, and a logical culmination of all the progressive tendencies that had been steadily creeping into the band’s arsenal. When Sabotage is in metal mode, its aim is true and … Continue reading

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Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess (2013)

When presumption is on the rise and Christian creed fades away When the crucifix is torn from walls and banished to the grave When the red coats march the new roads, our frontline the Danube When pestilence is raging, the … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Ceremonium – Into The Autumn Shade (1995)

Once in communion with purity Now I am bounded in this foul existence – ‘Incarnated Entity’ Into The Autumn Shade is a fine example of the doom/death hybrid of the 90s, where opposites existed side-by-side in near-equilibrium: melody and rageful death metal … Continue reading

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Causality in music

[Originally written for deathmetal.org] [EDIT: The image above might suggest that I believe in the idea of a prime mover as postulated by religious doctrine. I don’t, not in that exact sense, nor did I stop to think of it … Continue reading

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The gothic in metal: MDB’s Turn Loose The Swans vs Opeth’s Orchid

The term gothic is commonly associated with surface trappings in popular perception but what it really signifies is a setting, and, more esoterically, a mood and the expression it finds. What we call ineffable is the gothic; that which falls outside … Continue reading

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Encoffination – III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs) (2014)

How slow can one play before interconnections between melody begin to show signs of disintegration? For what duration can a musical phrase be stretched of itself and still maintain general coherence and kinship with the overall structure of the song … Continue reading

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