Album Review:  Gavran — “Indistinct Beacon”

Bringing vast, passionate, doom-filled angst, Dutch doom/sludge trio Gavran has emerged with their sophomore album Indistinct Beacon.  Fairly new to the metal scene, the band’s debut LP was released in 2020 and their momentum has not ceased.  Continuing to develop a listenership, this release is sure to bring many new fans as these five immersive tracks are expertly crafted and executed.  With a vocal variety including raspy screams, haunting clean singing, as well as spoken word, the poetic nature of Gavran’s lyrics are beautifully displayed.  Doom riffs, palpitating drums with a bassline to match, and screams pack a punch while quieter moments contain echoing vocals and pensive melodies.  Each track expands and contracts with the weight of the music and the journey of Indistinct Beacon is something to experience and enjoy.

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Album Review:  GAUPA — “Myriad”

Psychedelic riffs, rock goddess powerful vocals, soulful melodies, and exuberant drumming are just a few of the awe-inspiring elements Swedish progressive stoner rock band GAUPA brings to the table with their sophomore full length release Myriad.  This enchanting band kicked off their discography in 2018 with an EP that quickly grew a fanbase.  Their debut full length brought in even more fanfare in 2020, and here just in time to make some year end lists, GAUPA brings all the heat with Myriad.  This album contains the same doom/folk/psychedelic influences from earlier releases but with sonic amplification and no holding back.  Here, the band unlocks their full potential and hits their stride in these eight mind blowing tracks.  

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Album Review:  Faetooth — “Remnants of the Vessel”

Bringing otherworldly hazy doom goodness, LA-based quartet Faetooth is here with their debut full-length album Remnants of the Vessel.  The band is self described as “fairy doom” and it is easy to see why.  Their music is full of dreamy clean vocals, echoing harsh vocals, entrancing riffs, and meditative shoegaze melodies with lyrical themes around nature and lore.  Their music conjures imagery of foggy forests, gnarled branches, and the divine mysterious beauty in our natural selves and surroundings.  The band released a well-received EP in 2019 and attention to these up and comers continues to grow—as it should.  Remnants of the Vessel is an impressive debut that showcases Faetooth’s talents as a band and as individual musicians. 

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Album Review: Devil’s Witches — “In All Her Forms”

Here just in time for Samhain, the undefinable Devil’s Witches are back offering their newest creation In All Her Forms to the masses.  Though this is only the band’s second full-length, they’ve been keeping fans happy and up to date by releasing EPs and singles over the past few years.  This mysterious band has a unique blend of sounds and delves into various styles creating fresh and never boring music.  In All Her Forms consists of doom, heavy metal, psych metal, classic rock, folk rock, and 70’s lounge music—just to name a few detected influences.  The album focuses on themes of the Maiden, Mistress, Mother, and Matriarch, making the music utterly magical and powerful.

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Rainbows in the Dark:  Karin Park — “Private Collection”

Combining crystal clear vehement vocals, expansive synths, and a small assortment of airy instrumentation, Karin Park has created a beautiful album of thoughtful, calculated compositions that is Private Collection.  This album may seem simple upon first listen as there is not a lot of variation in style or a wide range of instruments used, but it is clear that each contribution is with immense purpose and it is finished with a clean production.  The beauty is in Karin Park’s vocals and the personal nature of each arrangement as she shares herself with listeners as a singer-songwriter as well as a wife and a mother.

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