Tag: Doom

Big|Brave – A Gaze Among Them Review

Loudness is a crutch. “Maximum volume yields maximum results” is a fine bit of sloganeering, but as a guiding principle for music, its pithiness belies its hollowness. Of course, the act of listening necessarily requires

Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus Review

Of all the anomalies to have occurred within metal over these many years—and yep, there have been some absolute whoppers—the phenomenon of Saint Vitus lingers as one of the more unique and underplayed. The band

Lord Vicar – The Black Powder Review

[Artwork: “Death Crowning Innocence” — George Frederic Watts, 1886] Books are wonderful. Actual books that have weight and paper pages with ink that reveal truths and theories to be studied and assimilated, or that build

Monasterium – Church of Bones Review

Doom (the genre not the game or the [amazing] punk band) is having something of a resurgence in 2019. Perhaps “resurgence” is the wrong word. Doom, of the clean vocal variety, has existed since before

Smoulder – Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring Review

Heavy metal cover art has an occasional tendency to overbill the music it represents. Take, for instance, the spectacularly phantasmagorical cover of the last Bell Witch album, Mirror Reaper. That cover promises an otherworldly mind-fuck,

Inter Arma – Sulphur English Review

Straight to the point: Sulphur English is the darkest and most brutal record that Inter Arma has made yet. It is also far less immediate than albums like Sky Burial and Paradise Gallows. Immediacy is

NIXA – Opus Tierra Review

Metal is made up of certain characteristics, just like life itself. A bird is not just a flying dinosaur—it is a specific kind of animal defined by a LOT of characteristics. Same with a snake

Candlemass: Epicus Accidenticus Perfecticus, Plus A Review Of The Door To Doom

A great many Candlemass devotees point to full-length number two when discussing “the ultimate jewel” in the band’s discography, and it’s easy to understand why—Nightfall is a paragon, and no doom record is likely to