Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - Blood Lust

Neo Traditional Psyche Doom, and it rules.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monkeypriest - The Psalm

These guys do it really good, but are not exactly bringing anything new to the table. Nothing new at all. Stoner/Sludge much like Grave At Sea, Eyehategod. That kind of stuff.

-Well, I suppose they're introducing some Black Metal elements.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Belzebong - Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves

Stoner Sludge Doom that is very much inspired by Bongzilla/Weedeater. Sometimes they push the boundries so far as to remind you of Church Of Misery or even Sleep. Extended riff beatdowns no vocals. Belzebong are not bringing anything new to the table, but that's not the point. Good production. If your a fan of any of the bands mentioned above you'll like this. If your not familiar with the bands mentioned above, you should check out all their stuff and you might find you don't need this.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Doomraiser - Mountains Of Madness

Traditional Doom metal that doesn't drag. I'm digging this one. It's got a Reverend Bizarre thing going on here.

Violator - Chemical Assailt

Mid 80's sounding Thrash. On one hand it sounds like generic Thrash. On the other hand it makes me want to jump around. Of course it goes on too long, but that might just be because I'm not 14 years old. They don't really hit their stride till a few songs in anyway.

Electric Wizard - Let Us Prey

Similar to earlier Electric Wizard albums but the riffs are not as ugly or awesome. They hammer some riffs into the ground which is all fine, but by the time he gets to the wah wah it should be over, but it's not.

Target - Master Project Genesis

Similar to Death Angel somewhere around their second album. This is a bit more controled and not quite as aggressive. Production is kinda flat. Thrash that's a tiny bit experimental.

Oathbreaker - Maelstrom

Bunch of screaming Hardcore. I love the tunes, but the screechee screaming vocals wear me out. The vocals are just to far out front on every song. Like they should be the focal point, and no they shouldn't.

Black Pyramid - Stormbringer

They got dynamics and shit.

-70's hard rock inspired modern day Doomy Progressive Metal. Black Sabbath/Pink Floyd meets Sleep territory.

-This is a compilation.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Orne - The Tree Of Life

70's progressive rock, or is it Post Rock? Gothic vocals. It's like Neo-Post Traditional Doom Folk psychedelia.

-File next to Ancestors - Peace Of Mind...oh! make that, Of Sound Mind.

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory

Death metal crazy beatdown. Slayer in a nightmare.

Portrait - Portrait

Mercyful Fate worship. If King Diamond had a cold and was singing in a cave. The band rocks real good.

Decaying - Devastate

Black Metal that gets around to some rockin' like Entombed. Evil and cold.

Gingerpig - The Ways Of Gingerpig

Progressive 70's hard rock with soulful vocals. The Hammond is leading the charge most of the time here. They stray away from the hard rock sometimes.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oruga - Oruga

Big and slow like early Electric Wizard / Acid King. Sometimes when they speed it up they're kinda in Orange Goblin at their most slowed down and heaviest. Then it's back to even slower Doom. I like this one.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dopethrone - Dark Foil

Weedeater/Bongzilla with a little bit of Electric Wizard thrown in.

Red Fang - Murder The Mountains

One of my favorite releases from 2011. Good songs. Good vocal harmonies. Catchy hard rockin' killer album.

-and what heavy band worth their weight in beard from the last 20 years hasn't been directly or indirectly influenced by the Melvins.

Monday, August 15, 2011

End Of Level Boss - Eklectic

Makes me think of Tool or real early Soundgarden. Angular riffs.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Heavy Lord - Balls To All

Doomy Sludge rock with a little bit more dynamics than the average Doomy Sludge Rock. The singer tries a few things that don't really work, but most of the time he delivers. One of my favorites for 2011.

-I wish this band was called Heavy Balls.