There is a brand new project, named Earth Electric, that excels at creating atmospheric Psyche-Doom and Hard Rock music. Comprised of former members of Mayhem and Ava Inferi (such as ex-Ava Inferi singer Carmen Susana Simoes and current Aura Noir guitarist Rune Eriksen), Earth Electric will release their debut album, “Vol. 1: Solar“, through Season Of Mist on May 12th. The music contained on the album is multifaceted with various elements and layers to it, powered by ethereal vocals, strong riffs and intriguing keys. Those factors are enjoyably prevalent on a new audio-only track premiere from the band, “Meditate. Mediate“, which is streaming below.
From the heart of South America, São Paulo, Brazil to be exact, comes the 5-song self-titled full-length from Chant Of The Goddess. Emanating bleak vibes chock full of thunderous density and doom transmitting ferocity, it appears that this project may have been a short lived effort that’s just now seeing the light of day. I might be wrong but who knows at this time..or at least I don’t. Anyway, what’s contained here is oppressive, sullen music that draws from various influential wells including ones like Godflesh or the modern day band Conjurer. Laden with feedback and obtusely blunted aural impact via slow churning riffs and lead-heavy drums, what is heaved forth upon the listener is capable of crushing them in a most worthwhile way. As for the vocals, that are wide ranging from different types at given times, from airy and ethereal to guttural and aggressive. The songs are lengthy and cover a lot of territory with the shortest of the five clocking in at a little over eight minutes in running time, the longest close to the thirteen and a half minute mark.
Easton, Maryland trio The Lunar Era, bassist/vox Ben Tucker, drums/guitarist David McQuay and guitar/ synths/vox Cody Finkner, released their 7-song self-titled album via Procrastination Records close to two months ago. The release and band both have been gradually garnering increasing attention for their diversified blending of experimentally-fueled atmospheric metal/progressive psyche rock. That attention is quite justified too as the band, first formed back in 2012, are establishing themselves as one of the better somewhat undiscovered acts within the music underground. Just listening to the expanse of musical territory covered on their latest outing is akin to undertaking an aural trip though morphing genres of extreme music’s finest elements.
I am quite excited to be writing and sharing this review with you, Nex’users, and for a couple of different reasons really. First one is perhaps the most important.. Book Of Wyrms are a totally kick-ass band! I myself was absolutely unfamiliar with them when I traveled to Richmond, VA. last June for the inaugural Doomstone Fest but all that ended once I witnessed their powerful live presentation. Much of that power is derived from their fantastic amalgamation of Doom, Stoner Rock, Psyche, and other grandiosely atmospheric elements of the music they create. Secondly, Book Of Wyrms hail from RVA (Richmond, Virginia) and as most regular readers know, I have an ongoing affinity with that region’s fantastic music scene and the numerous bands (past and present) comprising it. I introduced myself to the Book Of Wyrms crew at the aforementioned Doomstone because I knew then that this band had incredible promise, that they definitely had something fresh and new to offer our musical community. And now here we are some six months later and Book Of Wyrms have just issued their debut full-length..and did so while partnering with one of my favorite label entities, Twin Earth Records. That label and this band are a recipe for quality, amazing music and I am here to tell you that with this offering, “Sci-Fi/Fantasy“, that is exactly what you are getting. Well that and a whole hell of a lot more as Sarah Moore Lindsey (vocals, effects), Kyle Lewis (guitar), Ben Coudriet (guitar), Jay Lindsey (bass), and Chris DeHaven (drums) are on to something quite stellar here to say the least.
France’s Endless Floods will release their latest offering, the 3-song “II“, on January 6, 2017 on a variety of formats including vinyl (via Dry Cough Records) and cassette (through Breathe Plastic Records). If you are not yet familiar with the three piece consisting of Simon Bedy, Benjamin Sablon, and Stéphane Miollan then take the time to heed the following warning: Endless Floods craft and play a very dense and oft times punishing style of Ambient/Progressive Doom. If you don’t have a propensity for liking somewhat dirge-like doom that channels depressive overtones and bleak vibes then this may not be for you. But if you dig bands like Neurosis, Minsk, and Bell Witch then odds are you will unabashedly appreciate this offering. Continue reading →
Chicago’s VARAHA, a name derived from the boar manifestation of Indian god Vishnu who lifts the earth from underneath the ocean, just recently issued their 3-song self-titled EP. The music itself here is some otherworldly sounding transmission of ambient-inflected Atmospheric Doom with ample progressive and somewhat shoegaze-like elements. It is heady, ofttimes hazy and lysergic in nature thanks to the talents of Fabio Brienza (Vocals/Guitars), Joel Hollis (Guitars), Bryan Gold (Bass), and David Swanson (Drums) and their far outside of the box creativity. They are joined by contributors Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles) on saxophone and cellist Josie Boyer at times. There are dark overtones to the somber sonic output presented here, with each track possessed of airy, ethereal nuances traversing their wide expanses. Epic transcendentalist vibes keep you riveted as you listen to the wide spectrum of dynamics taking place and permeating every fiber and note happening around you. The players manage to journey across a rolling aural landscape that ripples with spirals of ebbing and flowing music, sometimes detouring into tempests of aggression and harsher vocals only to return to the more tranquil, calmer hypnotic fare. Dutifully depressive for the beautifully impressed..enlighten yourself to the aural intensity of VARAHA now in the embed below.
Phenomenal new atmospheric doom band The White Swan, featuring Kittie drummer Mercedes Lander alongside Kira Longeuay on bass and guitaristShane Jeffers, have shared a handful of planned upcoming live performances. Some of the southern Ontario region’s live shows will include support from the bands Hammerhands and Astral Witch. The White Swan‘s most recent, updated live schedule is posted below and if you haven’t heard this trio yet then shame on you. Their spectacular debut, the “Anubis” EP, was the subject of a recent reviewfrom yours truly and it is astounding to say the least. Continue reading →
From the deep southern U.S. comes the new 3-song EP, “261“, from Alabama’s Ember and it is an amazing foray into powerful atmospheric doom/heavy rock. It was officially released today via Doomsayer Records based out of Atlanta. Two things worth immediate mention and attention are the amazingly fantastic upper register clean vocals of singing songstress Crystal Bigelow and the exquisite sound quality of the EP’s production. Now, that is not saying that remaining band members bassist Jeremy Allen, drummer Eric Bigelow, and guitarists Justin Treece and Jon Ried, don’t deserve our attention also because they most definitely do. The quintet have crafted an emotionally-fueled offering that’s driven by fantastic guitar fueling, fluid rhythms, and cohesive drumming and it’s all made even more noticeable by those aforementioned vocals.
The drummer of late 90’s Alt./Nu Metal band Kittie, Mercedes Lander, is unveiling her new Doom band, The White Swan, via their upcoming 3-song EP ‘Anubis‘. The EP will be released on November 1st and features Lander on vocals and drums along with her The Alcohollys bandmate Kira Longeuay on bass and guitarist Shane Jeffers. The three tracks consist of two originals and one extremely interesting cover but we’ll get to that in a moment as all of the cuts are in the vein of Atmospheric Doom for the most part. You could definitely say there are elements of Sludge and Psyche also taking place as well.
Florida-based U.S. doom band Northern Crown, whose astounding new album “The Others” I recently reviewed (here), have issued a Lyric Video from the release. “Surreality (The Tell-Tale Mind)” is one of several incredible songs from the new release while the video’s images were created by Wayne Joyner.
“The Others” is out now and available at most music retail outlets. In related Northern Crown news, the band has also released a remix / remaster of the title track from their debut EP, “In The Hands Of The Betrayer“, inclusive of newly recorded rhythm guitars and bass. You can hear this stellar offering streaming below.