THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) / HASHISHIAN ‘Taurean’ Split EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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What do you get when you take a primarily one-man musical project from Columbus, Ohio and mix it with a two-man musical project from Malaysia? You get six songs of pure badassery from the freshly issued “Taurean” split EP from the Buckeye State’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) and the weed worshiping Hashishian of course! Only THAL‘s Vince Green (John Walker) is joined by his wytCHord bandmate, Kevin Hartnell, for some help with the drums and guitars on this new material. Meanwhile, Hashishian is working within its own two man configuration for their contribution here as well so let’s jump into it, shall we? Continue reading

GRIM RAVINE ‘The Light Is From Below’ EP Review & Stream

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Just the name Grim Ravine itself inspires images of some foreboding, deep cavernous crevice within the earth where life is endangered and possibly, myriad evils abound. Those imaginings are not far off the mark either when the bleak, rock bottom sonics of the band’s imminent EP release, “The Light Is From Below“, is experienced. It will be issued this Friday, February 17th via Black Bow Records, the label run by Jon Davis of crushing heavyweights Conan. Taking their cue from such sonic monstrosities as Unearthly Trance or Bongripper, Grim Ravine have weaponized a lethal aural assault of bleak, burdensome Doom emanating with Sludge-like miseries. The four songs unleashed on the EP, “Shrine Of Misery“, “Translunary“, “Hypernova” and “Vacant Mass” carve their way into your skull with frightening misanthropy resonating in their beings. Heavy, loud, laden with groove, loud, heavy displays of what the band themselves admit to being their own knack to “worship tone and riffs”, this is vile doom merely for the same of such. Once you subject yourself to it via the Bandcamp embed below, odds are you will be utterly shuddered to your very soul itself and never able to peacefully rest again anytime afterward.

BANTHA RIDER Self-Titled EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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From far away Warsaw, Poland we receive the newly released Bantha Rider self-titled 4-song EP which instantly piques my interest with its ‘instrumental Stoner/Sludge’ tag. That tag more than ably describes what we are getting here but there’s some elements of Doom too and it is all delivered with a kind of sluggish groove that just cannot be ignored. The power at the heart of this power trio, guitarist Chris, bassist Bart and drummer Art definitely meld an opiate-like haziness into their sound. Like any true opiate, the music rolls along at alternating speeds, tempos and paces which successfully you right along its path..one moment slow and sedate, the next a rush of energized riffs and nicely powered rhythms. Another notable aspect of the music is the seemingly somewhat Lo-Fi overall sound that its rendered within, which adds a most validated sludgened component to everything that you hear.
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SUPER SNAKE Streaming New Album ‘Leap Of Love’

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Teaneck, N.J.’s Super Snake released their contribution to all things amore-related yesterday, Valentine’s Day, with their new album “Leap Of Love“. In fact, they are streaming it in its entirety today and I must say, it is a rather interesting sounding release to say the least. Produced by Kevin Antreassian from the Dillinger Escape Plan, Leap Of Love is Super Snake’s anxiously awaited follow up to their earlier EP releases, Summer Girls & Rider. The album itself is headfirst dive into trippy Psyche-Pop and ofttimes hazy, atmospheric Doom and here’s your opportunity to experience it in the embed below. Enjoy!

RIYL: Queens Of The Stone Age, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth

VERMILION WHISKEY ‘Spirit Of Tradition’ Review & Select Song Streams; Album Teaser Video

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Remember that ol’ battle cry “The South will rise again!”? If there was ever a specific time frame that it was alluding to I think it was probably now, the first few months of 2017. And of course I mean musically in the fact that next week, on February 17th to be exact, Vermilion Whiskey will unleash their latest studio offering, the 6-song “Spirit Of Tradition” EP.  The Tony Reed (Mos Generator) mastered effort follows the recent release of White Light Cemetery and precedes upcoming ones from Electric Age and Forming The Void..all Southern bands from Louisiana to be exact. And make no mistake, this current music from Vermilion Whiskey is pure, undiluted Southern hard rock tempered with a bit of metallic sludge for taste. With slowly unfurling, molasses-thick riffs, swampy backwoodsy rhythms, and axe-hewn drums, the musical side of this content ripples with borne-from-below-the Mason/Dixon Line vibes with every note.

The five musicians behind Vermilion Whiskey, vocalist Thaddeus Riordan, guitarists Ross Brown and Carl Stevens, bassist Jeremy Foret and drummer Buck Andrus blend a potent mash of grunge-y Stoner Rock. Powered by guitar riffs as heavy as anything by the likes of Down or C.O.C., songs like “Road King“*, the blistering blues ‘n doom of “Come Find Me” and the metal-laden ripper “Loaded Up” scream Southern by the grace of God..or Satan, somebody, heh. The solos alone in “Road King” will absolutely scorch your ears but it’s when this unit takes a header into the heavier side of things that the smoke really begins to pour. “The Past Is Dead“* is a dense, heavy-handed slab of savage doom greatness, the slower riffs churning out as Thad’s vocals wail with whiskey-drenched severity, raspy and rowdy as can be.

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Another Incredible Fest Now Set In (Where Else?) Maryland: DAYS OF DARKNESS

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It seems the folks responsible for the annual Maryland Death Fest aren’t inclined to sit back and be content with the MDF they run, or the annual Maryland Doom Fest that also takes place in the State now as well. No, now the plans for the Days Of Darkness Festival, set for late October at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, have been revealed! The newly announced 2-day gathering will take place October 28th and 29th with such notable bands as Neurosis, Manilla Road, Elder, Warning, Unearthly Trance, BongripperDälek and Gost scheduled thus far and others expected to be added soon. Early bird tickets are on sale now here.

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TAR HAG ‘Elder Cloak’ Review & Stream

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Greenville, South Carolina offers up another collective of its favorite sons for a Metal Nexus review with the burdening, sludgened doom of Tar Hag. Steeped within a quagmire of blackened sludge and semi Lo-Fi doom, vocalist Beeg, guitarist/vox Dano, guitarist Colin and drummer Kyle recently issued their punishing 6-song slab of lethal languishing via Doomsayer Records. By that I mean the volatile threat contained in their music here will ably linger and prolong its effects long after the first round of pummeling has been delivered. Behemoth-like, monstrous riffs churn this grotesque goliath along like some assuredly agonizing deformity of sonic excess. While they do, the resonating rhythmic rumbles and bludgeoning drums crunch and crunch away as the razor bladed, throat-wounded vocals spew their blood-soaked caustic cadence. Intentionally harsh and absent of any possibility of hope, the songs “More Weight“, title track “Elder Cloak” and “Coven Circle” deliver ominous vibes amid their intermittent grooves. The latter delivers an occasional more upbeat tempo at times, unfurling opiate-like reasons to repeatedly inject these sounds into your skull.
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HYMN Streaming ‘Perish’ Debut It Its Entirety

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Norway’s heavy doomers Hymn are preparing to issue their debut album, “Perish“, via Svart Records next Friday, February 17th. The volatile, crushing 6-song offering is making its public streaming in full premiere here today also. It is quite heavy and dense but don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself below and remember, I warned you.

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Leif Edling’s THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM Shares ‘A Spoonful Of Darkness’ Lyric Video

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The Doomsday Kingdom, the project of Candlemass/Avatarium mastermind Leif Edling, will issue its self-titled debut album, on March 31st via Nuclear Blast. Today they have issued a brand new Lyric Video for the song “A Spoonful Of Darkness” from the release and it is streaming below. This latest offering follows the previously issued Lyric Video for the track “The Sceptre“.

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DEVIL TO PAY Serve Up ‘Kobold In The Breakfast’ Official Video

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Indianapolis’ doomy hard rockers Devil To Pay have issued their third Official Video from their critically acclaimed latest studio offering, “A Bend Through Space And Time“. The latest visualizer is for the track “Kobold In The Breakfast” from this superb Ripple Music-issued album and it follows the previously released “Your Inner Lemmy” and “On And On (In Your Mind)“. Devil To Pay the band, guitarist/vocalist Steve Janiak, guitarist Rob Hough, bassist/backing vocalist Matt Stokes and drummer Chad Profigle are reportedly preparing to announce some new touring plans soon. Metal Nexus will bring you them when they become public.