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Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long – March 2015

March 17th, 2015

Crypt Sermon - Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long

Given that Doom Metal (or should that be DOOM METAL ? It feels like it has earned the right to be in ALL-CAPS) has pretty much more right than any other subgenre to claim it is the “original” form of heavy metal, it seemed kind of remiss that we didn’t have a column dedicated specifically to it. Until now – step forward, Pete Long….

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Album: Pelican – Forever Becoming

October 17th, 2013

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Pelican
Forever Becoming
Southern Lord
14 October 2013

by David Keevill

Pelican’s fifth full-length, Forever Becoming, has one of those nebulous and noncommittal titles that progressive instrumental bands tend to choose, presumably for the merit of not having to set their stall thematically. It’s indicative of a movement that the band have made with this album though; even for an act whose second nature is to push forward with the exploratory scope of their music, is this a step too far away from their roots?

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Album: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

September 25th, 2013

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A Storm Of Light
Nations To Flames
Southern Lord
30 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

You can’t really talk about A Storm Of Light without at least mentioning Neurosis, given ASOL’s Josh Graham’s ties with that collective. But let’s make the current situation as clear as possible – A Storm Of Light aren’t like Neurosis any longer, beyond the most superficial, cursory examination. It’s heavy both in sound and presentation, yes, but that’s where any realistic similarity ends.

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Album: Power Trip – Manifest Decimation

June 5th, 2013

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Power Trip
Manifest Decimation
Southern Lord
10 June 2013

by Raziq Rauf

It was just in April that Invisible Oranges announced that re-thrash is dead. It was a big statement seeing as the thrash revival has thrown up such names as Municipal Waste and Havoc in its time as the gumby’s best friend. While it’s certainly accurate to point at Entombed-core being the metalhead’s most favourable mode of headbanging these days, that guy clearly hadn’t heard Manifest Decimation, the debut album from Power Trip.

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Album: Nails – Abandon All Life

April 8th, 2013

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Nails
Abandon All Life
Southern Lord
01 April 2013

by Raziq Rauf

This album leaked a long time ago. It was the middle of February – six weeks before it was meant to be released to the public. The clamour to hear Abandon All Life was so tangible because this is one of the most anticipated releases in their corner of the metal world. Ever. Since they released Unsilent Death in 2010, the likes of Trap Them and All Pigs Must Die have come along and astounded listeners a couple of years ago with their Entombed-encrusted hardcore and Black Breath did it before and after that, turning into leaders of the field, but Nails are the ones that always embodied the purest feeling of futility that permeates the genre.

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Album: Baptists – Bushcraft

January 29th, 2013

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Baptists
Bushcraft
Southern Lord
18 February 2013

by David Keevill

For every band (and there are more than a fair few now) who list the name Kurt Ballou among the production credits in their album’s sleeve notes, there are significantly more who have tried and failed to secure his servics. As it stands, the prolific producer and guitarist for Converge continues to bear a weighty impact on every release he commits to, claiming production and recording credits on a staggering number of hardcore/crust albums that you’ve loved in recent years. Yet, on every album that Ballou’s given his blessing to, it’s his unvoiced testimony to the vitality of the band’s musical kernel that has screamed the loudest; Baptists’ debut album is no different.

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We forgot to tell you to go watch Xibalba before their tour started, but hey, it’s not finished yet.

June 19th, 2012

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We really should pay more attention to our email inbox. Okay, well, possibly not – there are 2000+ unread emails in there already, but when someone emailed us about Xibalba, well, we really should’ve gotten on it ASAP. Because we just listened to the Californian death metal/hardcore mob’s forthcoming second album during our lunchbreak, and it almost made us wee with excitement.

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Interview: Larry Herweg from Pelican on humankind’s parasitic relationship with planet Earth, and other great conversation starters.

March 16th, 2012

When Pelican announced they’d be doing their first UK shows in four years this April, the first thing Hugh Platt did was cry for joy. The second thing he did was call up their drummer, Larry Herweg, to chat about it.

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Whatever ludicrous post-metal tag you like to slap on Pelican, the power and presence the quartet’s wield in heavy music’s instrumental sphere is undeniable. Now that the band is gearing up for their first UK shows in nearly half a decade (spearheaded by the release of their new Ataraxia/Taraxis EP, to which we awarded a praiseworthy 5.5 out of 6 when we reviewed it a couple of weeks back), we gave the band’s drummer, Larry Herweg a call. In between reminding us how much better the whether is over in Los Angeles right now, Larry was more than happy to give us an insight into just why Pelican have been shied from our shores since 2008, and what inspired the release that’s brought them back here after so long away.

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EP: Pelican – Ataraxia/Taraxis

February 28th, 2012

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Pelican
Ataraxia/Taraxis
Southern Lord
10 April 2012

by Ruth Booth

I’ve got a straw man here, and my thumb’s got an itch only a zippo can scratch. It all started with the press release for this EP. It states that with the members of Pelican now spread out across the country, and resulting changes to the ways in they record and write, “the EP represents a new chapter in the band’s evolution”. While all that maybe true – sorry Trevor, but say what?

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