Pete Long is back with another round-up/overview of what’s been going on in Doom metal over the last few and over the next few weeks….
March 17th, 2015
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….
June 9th, 2014
October 24th, 2013
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?
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.
May 31st, 2013
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.
August 2nd, 2012
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.
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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.
April 8th, 2012
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.
March 14th, 2012
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.
January 6th, 2012
A Eulogy For The Damned
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.