Album Review: The White Swan — “Nocturnal Transmission”

I tend to jump on the opportunity to write about any metal band that includes a female member.  I love seeing women represented in the metal scene and I love supporting these badass goddesses.  The White Swan has not only one but two amazing, talented female musicians—bassist Kira Longeuay and multi-instrumentalist Mercedes Lander.  Completing this trio of musical mastery is guitarist Shane Jeffers.  The band recorded their latest EP, Nocturnal Transmission, in December 2019 and have been fine tuning it to production perfection until it’s release this past week.  This ethereal, at times dark EP is a dreamy experience with themes of love and all the dizzily romantic and complicated feelings that come along with relationships. 

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Album Review: Devil’s Witches — “Guns, Drugs and Filthy Pictures”

If you are looking for a truly unique metal-infused musical experience, look no further.  Devil’s Witches‘ discography is something to dive into to escape the “norm” and to even escape reality.  The band has a small but powerful discography, with Guns, Drugs and Filthy Pictures now added to the mix.  The music created by Devil’s Witches is a blend of doom metal, heavy metal, 70’s psychedelic rock, classic rock, with a few other musical elements and genres sprinkled in.  This once solo project, led by a mysterious multi-instrumentalist appropriately called Witchdoctor General, has since welcomed some returning players who all participated in the creation of this two-track EP.

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Album Review: DEATHCAVE — “Smoking Mountain”

In the ever-expanding world of metal, new bands seem to constantly be emerging and stepping up to the plate.  DEATHCAVE is here to take a big swing with their debut full-length release, Smoking Mountain.  Their is, at times, as haunting as its namesake (the Apache death cave in Winslow, Arizona) with lyrics to match.  The general theme here focuses on the inexorable concept of the decay, demise, and death of humans and nature.  While the lyrics are enough to sink into a depression, the music is a delightful combination of thrash, doom, and psychedelic metal.  While at times haunting and dark, it has some lively high-energy moments mixed into the doomy haze.  The trio formed in 2018 and released a three-song, self-titled demo last year.  Their music is a captivating combination of metal sub-genres performed by just three skilled musicians.  Smoking Mountain is an enticing introduction to DEATHCAVE and their experimental sound. Continue reading

Album Review: OMITIR — “Ode”

Narrow cobbled stone streets rise and fall passing by vendors outside their homes, and cafes bustling with life—leading to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean or the Douro River.  This hillside city of Porto, Portugal holds so much history and many natural treasures.  OMITIR transports listeners to this historical, robust city and on a tour of Portugal in their newest album Ode. Continue reading

Album Review: Nekus — “Death Nova Upon the Barren Harvest”

Come drudge through the mucky waters of the death doom cave with Nekus and their debut record Death Nova Upon the Barren Harvest.  Hailing from Germany, Nekus is a talented trio of faceless, nameless beings, proving their expertise in the hybrid genre and making it their own.  This four-track, 28-minute-long “mini album” is the perfect introduction to this new band and their unique, gritty, and haunting approach to metal. Continue reading