The New Music Thread : The Fallen Edition
New single from Green Druid's upcoming album, At the Maw of Ruin due out 4th December.
The opening track from Cult Of Luna's upcoming "The Raging River" album which is due for release on 5th February.
The new single "Hollywood" from the upcoming Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou collaboration E.P. "The Helm Of Sorrow" which is due for release on 15th January.
New album from Briton Rites, a decade after their previous, debut release.
BR feature veteran doom vocalist Phil Swanson of Hour of 13, Seamount, Vestal Claret, Atlantean Codex and more.
FFO classic doom metal.
Promo track, Nature is the Devil's Church, for Dread Sovereigns new album released today:
FFO Gates of Slumber, Grand Magus etc.
My favourite album of January is Tar Hag's Bestial, released on the 2nd, it's hybridisation of crushing doom riffs and psych solos with sludgy, guttural vocals is right up my street:
New album Abyssal Trip is awesome hypnotic doom in the vein of Electric Wizard from Sweden's Spelljammer:
Lake is the second track:
Excellent funeral doom from Daniel Neagoe's (Shape of Despair, Pantheist, Ennui) new band, Mourners:
Wolvennest have released the best album of the year so far. Not easily pigeonholed, it's 70+ minutes does for doom metal what Oranssi Pazuzu did for Black Metal with last year's Mestarin kynsi, blending psych-doom with black metal, gothic rock and space rock for a fairly unique release.
This is the second track, Swear To Fire:
A split album from Heavy Psych Records featuring two bands playing Electric Wizard worshipping occult stoner doom. The first is Mark Greening's Dead Witches and the other is the French outfit Witchthroat Serpent. I think Greening's mob are out-Wizarded on this split, but judge for yourself:
German trad doom four-piece Wheel released their first album in eight years back in April.
It's great stuff for fans of Lord Vicar, Spiritus Mortis etc.
Just come back from a sunset dog-walk that also allowed me time for an initial listen-through to Skepticism's new album, Companion released today. First couple of tracks were ok but didn't especially blow me away, but the heart of the album is fanfastic. The March of the Four is the longest and most funereal of the tracks and has a nice build with the organ featured heavily. That's followed by a killer piece of death doom entitled Passage that is a pacey mutha for the Finns. As I say, only an initial listen, but that album core is really impressive. Will try to work up a proper review next week when I've had more time with it.
...sorry, Skepticism have had to go on hold temporarily as I've just got hold of Warning's Watching from a Distance - Live at Roadburn.
Anybody who has listened to any of my bullshit already knows that the original WfaD is my all-time favourite album. This is an extremely faithful rendering of the album and Patrick Walker's vocals may be even more heart-wrenching as a one-shot deal (or due to there being an extra ten years in his vocal chords) than on the studio release. I can feel myself tearing up already!!
Here I am wide open,
Surrendering to your side
I have laid down my armour,
I have no sword at my side
I leave behind me the ruins
Of the fortress I swore to defend
I leave behind me foundations,
I'll leave you a man I'll need you to mend
And through all the battles around me
I never believed I would fight,
Yet here I stand a broken soldier,
Shivering, naked, in your winter light
My favourite vocal ever - gets me every time!!
Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
As someone who isn't the biggest Converge fan and has never listened to Chelsea Wolfe before, this one was still heavily on my radar as the year winds down. It's a fantastic blend of both Converge's and Wolfe's style without cutting too many corners, but fans who were expecting a ripping Mathcore album are going to be incredibly disappointed. I don't think this is an instant classic collaboration, but it's absolutely one of the most interesting meeting of talented minds in 2021.