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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: Monster Magnet – Last Patrol

October 24th, 2013

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Monster Magnet
Last Patrol
Napalm Records
18 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Monster Magnet have had a bit of a hard time these last few years. Whilst their last album, Mastermind, was more than decent, it still  felt like a brief flash of hope through a murk cast by a string of below-average releases and some terrible live shows. It raised a pertinent question – was Mastermind the light at the end of the tunnel, or Monster Magnet surfacing for the third time?

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Doctor Who theme tune goes drone-rock

July 23rd, 2013

If you grew up in the UK, you probably spent a good chunk of your childhood behind the sofa watching Doctor Who. A large chunk of the appeal was down to Delia Derbyshire and Ron Grainer’s innovative, pant-wettingly scary theme tune. Turns out that not only did they make a pioneering slice of electronica, they also created the base for one of the most terrifying pieces of drone ever.

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Album: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

May 31st, 2013

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Kylesa
Ultraviolet
Season of Mist
27 May 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s interesting that two of the most notable alumni of that Georgia sludge scene – Baroness and Mastodon – have moved a little away from their more crushing roots in recent years, and had success by doing so. Another distinguished graduate, Kylesa, have found their own, very different path for sixth album Ultraviolet. It’s individual, distinctively theirs and not quite what you expect.

It’s also bloody heavy and pretty metal.

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Future Hits 122: Throne

August 2nd, 2012

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Throne
From: London, UK
Lazy equation: (Monster Magnet circa ’91 + Matt Pike at the exact moment he was equal-parts committed to Sleep and High On Fire) x Lots and lots of Black Sabbath.
URL: Facebook // Tumblr // Bandcamp

Thrash Hits verdict: We like Throne so much that we’re putting them on the bill of the third Thrash Hits Presents… night later this year. When we first saw them supporting Ancient VVisdom earlier this year, we just knew that the next time we got our act together into organising a gig, Throne’s big, fuzzy, tidal-wave-crush of riffs would have a place on the bill. If our booking them isn’t enough of a recommendation on its own as to why you should check them out ASAP, here’s a chat we had with the band  after that AVV show.

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Sunday Slaylist: DesertFest 2012

April 8th, 2012

DesertFest 2012 Sunday Spotify Slaylist Thrash Hits

With all the brouhaha regarding summer outdoor festivals, we somewhat neglected a springtime indoor one that’s taking place on our very doorstep – DesertFest. Today is the third and final day of the first London incarnation of the festival, where more than 50 stoner, doom, spacerock and sludge bands have been giving the foundations of Camden Town a solid shake-up. If – like us – you had to miss this year’s festival, you can at least console yourself with the Spotify Slaylist we’ve made in the festival’s honour.

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Album: Conan – Monnos

March 14th, 2012

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Conan
Monnos
Burning World
02 April 2012

by Tom Dare

Just as thrash comes in degrees of ridiculously fast, the doom/stoner metal bands come in various shades of galactically heavy. Conan are from the end of that spectrum where you literally (in the correct, non-Redknappian use of the word) fear for your speaker cones. You’ll probably have to turn their new album Monnos down a touch after your stereo begins to emit some worrying noises. As a basic premise for an album, this is a bloody good start.

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Album: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned

January 6th, 2012

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Orange Goblin
A Eulogy For The Damned
Candlelight Records
13 February 2012

by David Keevill

The big, fat slab of grunt fodder that is Orange Goblin’s latest release belies their psychedelic past, but not entirely to its detriment. The ethereal leanings of their earlier works have been shed and with their latest release they’ve grown a more coherent and altogether heavier sound, that benefits from A Eulogy For the Damned’s assured, singular feel.

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