This week I decided I was going to try and listen to more Doom metal and try to gain a greater appreciation of the genre I don’t spend to much time with. I like some of the better known doom acts, Candlemass, Sleep, Electric Wizard, the Peaceville stuff, but I don’t feel like I’ve really delved into it. So with that in mind I asked for some recommendations and set off down the gloomy path heading deep into the doom forest. I still have a lot to get through so the doom journey will likely carry over into next week.
This week also saw some tremendous new releases. The Great Old Ones continue their black metal love letter to Lovecraft with Tekeli-Li. Dark Descent Records are killing it this year in the ways of death and black metal. Thantifaxath’s Sacred White Noise is another killer release from the label. The new Autopsy, Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves popped up this week and while I enjoyed last years The Headless Ritual, this is a step up and a return to form for them. I spiced things up a bit with Russian Red’s, pop-ier then usually new album Agent Cooper. Continuing in my doom journey I tried out some new doom albums that were gathering praise. Pilgrim’s II: Void Worship, The Oath’s self titled album and Sadhak’s self titled album are all doom filled and glorious.
The big one this week was the new Falls of Rauros/Panopticon split record. I received mine in the mail Monday and it has been dominating my playlist all week. Both of these bands are performing at the top of their games and the combination of them on one album is nothing short of magnificent. I’m at a loss for words to describe just how incredible this album is. Easily the album of the year as of now.
Emperyium – A Wintersunset…
I was going down a doom hole this week to try and get a better appreciation of the genre. This was a recommendation and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great guitars and atmosphere. Some wonderful folk-ish elements and a great voice. Doom tends to bore me which is why I’m so hesitant to try it but this didn’t bore me once.
Mournful Congregation – The Monad of Creation
This might be my first venture into an entire funeral doom album. Slow, churning, and oppressively heavy, this four song album takes up almost an entire hour. The twenty plus minute closer “The Monad of Creation,” is as epic in song as it is in length. I really enjoyed this album.
Cathedral – Forest of Equilibrium
The doom is strong on this one. Why did I wait so long to check out Cathedral? Epic.
Forgotten Tomb – Springtime Depression
Some doomed up black metal here. More black then doom if you ask me. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the two genres on this one. There are moments of sheer doom then pounding black metal. Dig it.
Nortt – Ligfærd
Now this is some funeral doom. So slow but oppressively heavy. There are some blackened elements in it but wow, the atmosphere. So dark.
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Bathory – Nordland I
The White Buffalo – Once Upon a Time in the West
The White Buffalo – Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways
Candlemass – Nightfall
Witchcraft – Legend
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
Pilgrim – II: Void Worship
T.S.O.L. – Change Today?
Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
Anathema – The Silent Enigma
The Oath – The Oath
Falls of Rauros/Panopticon – Split
Woman is the Earth – Depths
Sleep – Sleep’s Holy Mountain
Russian Red – Agent Cooper
The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li
My Dying Bride – As The Flower Withers
Electric Wizard – Black Masses
Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
Otyg – Alvefard
Sadhak – Sadhak
Stay Creepy My Friends!