Photo by Andrea Piacentini
Photo by Andrea Piacentini
From Talouse, France comes a fuzzed-out, doom trio, with roots in black metal, called WITCHTHROAT SERPENT. It’s a fine addition to releases in the Electric Wizard school of doom metal. Stream Witchthroat Serpent by Witchthroat Serpent on Doomed & Stoned and if you dig it, show the band some love!
Read our recent interview with John Garcia here (including more tour dates)!
Stoner-doom with a groove. New Noise Magazine debuts “Mortal Bones” by Riding Easy Record’s newest find: THE WELL, out of Austin, Texas. Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/1ttSVYV.
I asked each of our contributors to share the songs they’re listening to as the hot, sticky days of July move into the even toastier days of August. Melissa, host of the daily live-blogging music show Wake ‘n’ Bake, gives us ten songs that conjure the lazy days of summer for her.
1. Sleep “The Druid”
2. Fu Manchu “King Of The Road”
3. Black Sabbath “Sabbra Cadabra”
4. Pentagram “Relentless”
5. Spirit Caravan “Burnin’ In”
6. Church Of Misery “Born To Raise Hell”
7. Wasted Theory “Hellfire Ritual”
8. Slo Burn “Pilot The Dune”
9. Kyuss “Demon Cleaner”
10. High On Fire “Snakes For The Divine”
Now this was an interesting find: a sludge metal trio from Aberdeen that describes itself as “heavily inspired by the sound of Louisiana, enduring low pay and shitty weather, tuned low and played slow.” It’s DEATH WATCH and they’ve been playing now for half-a-decade. This is their latest collection of tracks, released earlier this year (the band is currently unsigned). Thanks to The Sludgelord for the original post.
This ELECTRIC WIZARD music video appeared out of nowhere this morning on the band’s YouTube page. The doings of lead singer/guitarist/mastermind Jus Oborn, perhaps? He likes to tinker with video now and again. In other news, pre-orders/bundles for ‘Time To Die’ started today.
This week we’re (well I’m) kind of unofficially-officially celebrating Jinx Dawson as a defining influence in the development of doom, especially occult rock. And wouldn’t you know it, she’s released a couple tracks from the new Coven album right under our noses.
This will get your day started. From Lambsburg, Virginia “repare to be confounded by the audacious, audial onslaught of this low-down, dirty band of bow-legged, box-ankled, lantern- jawed, crooked-nosed, wall-eyed, gun-totin’, goozle-chopping, cat-hamed pukes.” Yep, it’s southern sludge metal at just about it’s best. This is the: Demo EP 2014 by LAMPERJAW. I believe it’s set to start on the last track, but it definitely deserves to be heard from the first moving forward.
Over the weekend, I shared the brand new album Gyromancer (2014) by Oregon’s adventurous doomers FELLWOODS. If you haven’t heard their 2011 debut, Wulfram (2011), mein gott are you gonna love me for introducing you. Think of a cross between Kadavar and Sleep…jettisoned into outer space.
p.s. Fellwoods has been added to our Doomed & Stoned in Portland compilation, now at 62 bands and available por nada.
Kröwnn is at it again. I first discovered them last year when their demo Hyborian Age (2013) caught my attention (see our interview and exposition of the album, here), and I immediately became a fan. They took the classic doom that we all love (reminiscent of Saint Vitus and Pentagram), then added in just enough fuzzy guitar tone and feedback to make it heavier. On top of that, the deep vocals are interesting and powerful. I looked at the cover art and saw a wizard lost in a strange place. This completed the whole package because their lyrics are based from the works created by fantasy authors such as Tolkein and Martin.
Album art is very important to me, and Kröwnn uses their art to portray an imagery representative of the album. Magnnafröst, their latest (released in June 16th), seems to pick up where Hyborian Age left off. I look at the cover art and see a wizard offering me his sword, the sky lit with terrifying eyes. A voyage is about to begin.
Kröwnn - MAGMAFRÖST (2014)
Skeksis Dance (7:04)
Even if you don’t dig the fantasy theme, you gotta acknowledge how much ass these Venetians kick! This album is full of groovy 70’s-inspired classic doom riffs. The second track “Skeksis Dance” is a great example of this, and so is “Sleipnir.” Listen to “Wölfhunt,” which is my personal favorite, and you’ll experience something much more fuzzy, and full of a Sleep-esque vibe. The last track is appropriately a long outro. This song is truly amazing, full of elements you may not expect, like piano keys to set the tone with plenty of emotion. There are no vocals on this track, so you’ll get lost in a fantasy realm all your own.
Simply put, I just can’t say enough great things about Magnnafröst. Everything is executed so well, and is so creative to be it’s own thing, instead of a throwback to the early classic doom bands. Kröwnn has achieved a lot in such a short period of time and I’m very excited to see what will be next in their epic journey.