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.

HORSENECK ‘Heavy Trip’ Review, Official Video & Album Stream

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I have been a longtime fan of the Post-Rock/Hardcore band Will Haven from the moment I first heard them years ago so it was a no brainer for me to check out Horseneck recently when I saw they had connections to WHVN. Those connections are in the form of present and/or past members of not only Will Haven but Chelsea Wolfe as well but to be honest, that is where any and all comparisons to either band should be stopped. In fact, comparisons should not even be actually made because Horseneck is one of the more uniquely stand-alone bands I have heard in awhile. The sound they have is unlike most anything else happening in the heavy rock, alternative, or what have you scenes..their music is as diversified as it gets. And what it gets here is fantastically rocking and energetically intense and I really don’t know what labels or genre quantifications to throw at you to properly relate what the hell is going on here with the “Heavy Trip” debut. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Paganelli, bassist Lennon Hudson, guitarist/vocalist Lance Jackman and drummer Jess Gowrie meld elements of Post-Rock, Aggro-Noise Rock, Hardcore and, believe it or not, Classic Rock. Hell, they even have synths, organs and horn sections at times and man, oh man does it make for some amazingly fascinating music on this album. This album, “Heavy Trip” being exactly what this is with the ten tracks of dense heaviness recorded by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering. It will be issued on February 17th on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
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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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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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HOLLOW LEG ‘Murder’ EP Review & Song Share

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I have extolled the virtues of Florida’s Hollow Leg since I first learned of them back during the release of 2010’s Instinct and then on into subsequent outings Abysmal (2013) and Crown (2016). Seeing them decimate the stage at last year’s Maryland Doom Fest was a high point of the year for me as well and now we arrive at the present. Hollow Leg will issue a 2-song EP titled “Murder” through Argonauta Records on March 3rd and it will mark a personnel change within the unit. Recently, drummer and founding member Tim Creter exited the Jacksonville-based sonic juggernauts and his replacement, John Stewart (Caribou King), manned the kit for this new recording. The results here are proof positive that Stewart has settled right into the band alongside vocalist Scott Angelacos, guitarist/vocalist Brent Lynch and bassist Tom Crowther.


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ROZAMOV Shares ‘This Mortal Road’ Title Track Stream & Tour Dates

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The Boston-based doomers in Rozamov will release their new album, ‘This Mortal Road,’ on March 3rd via Battleground Records and Dullest Records. To prepare for their upcoming unleashing, the guys are sharing the title track of the album today for streaming along with the following comment about it saying: “’This Mortal Road‘ to us encapsulates what this album is all about, which is why it is the title track. We wrote the album during the snowiest winter in Boston history, making life in the city just a constant draining struggle. It was a really intense time to live in New England and the cold and isolation of that winter worked its way into the riffs and the lyrics, giving the record the feel of a long and intense journey. This song is the start of that journey.”


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UNEARTHLY TRANCE Streaming New Song ‘Scythe’

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Returning New York City-based sludgened doom trio Unearthly Trance are streaming a new track from their upcoming Relapse Records offering, “Stalking The Ghost“. The track, “Scythe“, is the third song to recently surface from the album recorded at Menegroth/The Thousand Caves Studios by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) and featuring cover art by Orion Landau (YOB, Red Fang, Graves At Sea). It was preceded by “Famine” and “Dream State Arsenal” and the album will be released on Feb. 24th.

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