The New Music Thread : The Fallen Edition

February 24, 2024 10:42 PM

US drone metal duo The Body have just released a new collaboration album with German post-industrial solo artist Dis Fig entitled "Orchards of a Futile Heaven". I've had mixed experiences with The Body over the years but thoroughly enjoyed their more recent 2021 album "I've Seen All I Need to See" to this could be worth a look at some point. I've admittedly never heard of Dis Fig though.

February 24, 2024 11:34 PM

I too have had mixed reactions to The Body, I really liked their 2016 album No One Deserves Happiness, but hated I've Seen All I Need to See because I just don't get the whole power electronics thing. I will probably check it out, but won't be going into it with very high expectations.

February 25, 2024 02:36 PM

A new My Dying Bride album is in the offering, with it's release slated for April 19th on Nuclear Blast. There are several ratings on RYM, so I don't know if it has been leaked early, but only one track, Thornwyck Hymn, is available on Bandcamp so far. That track sounds pretty decent, with the ingredients you would expect from classic MDB all present and correct. Nice cover too.

February 25, 2024 11:17 PM

I hope it's something a little new.  MDB have been essentially doing the same thing every album for the last few releases.

March 09, 2024 10:02 AM

The new full-length from Chicago drone outfit Locrian (entitled "End Terrain") is due to hit the shelves on 5th April. I really dug 2010's "The Crystal World" album so I may just need to partake in some of this fine audio.

March 09, 2024 11:03 AM

I haven't listened to Locrian before, so will have to check this one out.

March 09, 2024 03:18 PM

Saturnalia Temple - Paradigm Call

Released 1st March on Listenable Records

Saturnalia Temple are a swedish doom metal trio led by guitarist / vocalist and founding member Tommy Eriksson and featuring a revolving door of bassists and drummers, the most recent of whom, bassist Gottfrid Åhman and drummer Pelle Åhman were long-time members of In Solitude (Pelle as vocalist). The band play a real fundamentalist style of doom metal which uses simple and repetetive, highly distorted stoner doom riffs taken straight from the Wino playbook, bolstered by a forceful bass presence which deliver a strong hypnotic effect upon the listener. The hypnotic riffs are usually accompanied at some point during each track by psych-tinged guitar solos of varying lengths which very much feeds in to a trippy, stoner atmosphere and which should really be accompanied by huge clouds of sweet-smelling herb smoke. All is not hippy-trippy love all round though as Tommy's vocals are derived from black metal tradition with a harsh, cracked, croaking style that is completely at odds with the hypnotic feeling derived from the instrumentation.

And that really is all there is to Paradigm Call. This is not sophisticated stuff, if you want convoluted songwriting, technical showmanship or musical experimentation then look elsewhere because this is for people who know exactly what ST are about and want to partake of that particular bong hit. Everything except the solos is real basic stuff, the production is quite raw and the band's intent to mesmerise the listener into a blissed-out state is obvious from the get-go. I'm all in with this and love the album's effect of blanketing the listener in huge waves of sound, which I find exceedingly relaxing. My only real bugbear is with the numerous fade-outs, a trope I am never a big fan of, much preferring bands to end their tracks properly, but overall it's a big thumbs-up from me.


March 09, 2024 03:48 PM

5th April looks like a good day for us doom and stoner doom fans with new albums from Friends of Hell (God Damned You to Hell), Acid Mammoth (Supersonic Megafauna Collision), Temple of the Fuzz Witch (Apotheosis) and Destroyer of Light (Degradation Years).

March 21, 2024 02:38 PM

Ufomammut have their tenth album due for release on 17th May.

New track "Leeched" is pretty damn good, so should be another terrific album from the Italians.

March 28, 2024 11:21 PM

The new My Dying Bride album "A Mortal Binding" is coming out on 19th April. I don't think I've checked out anything they've done since 2011's "The Barghest O' Whitby" E.P. but they've obviously been a big band in my life so there's every chance I'll check it out at some point.

March 28, 2024 11:23 PM

The brand new Melvins album "Tarantula Heart" comes out on 19th April. I haven't checked out anything they've done since 2012's "Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & the Bees" E.P. but have been really digging their early 90's material of late so perhaps I'll give this one a spin.

March 28, 2024 11:25 PM

The brand new High of Fire ninth album "Cometh the Storm" is being released on 19th April. I absolutely love their 2012 "De vermis mysteriis" record but haven't really given them a lot more time over the years. Perhaps this is my chance.

April 02, 2024 02:08 PM

Quite a loaded slate for Fallen releases this week:

Super-heavy, psychedelic stoner doom Greeks, Acid Mammoth, are back with album #4 on Friday 5th April. Looking forward to this one.

Trad Doom Texans, Destroyer of Light, also have a new one out on the 5th.

Detroit's blackened doomsters, Temple of the Fuzz Witch, also release their third full-length on Friday.

And finally, Albert Witchfinder's Friends of Hell have their sophomore out, again on Friday.

April 09, 2024 02:56 PM

So here's my top ten list of Fallen releases for 2024, so far, which is covering the first three months of the year:

1. Mourning Dawn - The Foam of Despair

2. Spectral Voice - Sparagmos

3. Saturnalia Temple - Paradigm Call

4. Hamferð - Men guðs hond er sterk

5. Grey Skies Fallen - Molded by Broken Hands

6. The Obsessed - Gilded Sorrow

7. Acid Mammoth - Supersonic Megafauna Collision

8. Stygian Crown - Funeral for a King

9. Lair - The Hidden Shiv

10. Monovoth - Pleroma Mortem Est

April 13, 2024 06:10 AM

A brand new live album from Japan's Boris which was recorded back in 1994 entitled "And 2 Years Later". I’ve seen Boris live & can attest to the fact that they’re a wonderful live act to experience. Plus, their “Rock Dream” live album is one of my all-time favourites so I can’t see how this won’t rule, particularly given it’s from their earlier days.