Album Review: Shooting Guns – “Flavour Country”

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So soon, you ask?  Yes!  Time to once again grab our brother from the North Jonathan Petkau (Respectably Loud, DomestikwomSpacekau and most recently the excellent Dudeist Priests) to cover the varied ground that is the new Shooting Guns LP…

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Given their prolific output of splits and film scores of late, it’s easy to miss the fact that Flavour Country (no I won’t correct that spelling no matter how the red line in Microsoft Word tells me it’s wrong) is technically only the third full length from Saskatoon heavy psych band Shooting Guns. Whether inspired by their recent turn to film scoring or just concurrently alongside it, Shooting Guns this time expand their sonic interests while knowing when those ideas are sufficiently expressed. In other words, Flavour Country covers a lot of ground in its 34-minute run time.   Continue reading

Ride to Ruin: “Plagues Upon Arda” and a Conversation With Khazzadum’s Luka Djordjevic

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Metal Archives’ database lists 174 Tolkien-inspired acts. One-hundred and seventy-four. Sub-genres range from traditional power metal to atmospheric black metal and beyond. So if you said heavy music may not need any more Tolkien worship, you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong. In August, Wisconsin’s Khazaddum will self-release their debut full-length, Plagues Upon Arda. As a fan of both Khazaddum and JRR Tolkien, I’m excited to say the new record is a solid, meaty effort, marked by significant improvement over their (also really enjoyable) 2015 EP, In Dwarven Halls. This is a fantastic first full-length, and Plagues Upon Arda feels like an engrossing, if still somewhat cursory, study of the line that separates the band’s musical delivery from the literature that inspires its lyrical material. Continue reading

Album Review: Less Art – “Strangled Light”

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Once again we call to our friends in the Great North to assist in some gnarly metal reviews.  Today Jonathan Petkau from various endeavors including Respectably Loud, Domestikwom and Spacekau jumps in to cover the debut from Less Art…

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If I were forced to pick a single word to encapsulate the experience of listening to Less Art’s debut album Strangled Light, the word that comes to mind repeatedly is “clarity.” I suspect that probably derives from the fact that Less Art is composed of veteran musicians each with already established careers, as Strangled Light sounds like what should be a band’s fourth or fifth album, not their first swing at bat (a pun for all you Puig Destroyer fans out there.)   Continue reading

Interview: Gabe Grosso (Hobbs) of Drug Honkey on “Cloak of Skies,” Guest Appearances and More

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Drug Honkey

Drug Honkey are a doom quartet from Chicago. The band plays a unique mix of doom, death metal and sludge and have released four full length albums since forming in 1999. A couple months ago they released their latest, and fifth full length album, Cloak of Skies via Transcending Obscurity Records. I recently spoke to guitarist Gabe Grosso (Hobbs, guitars) about the album, guest features and more so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Beelzebud on Their Music, Touring In Vietnam and Plans For the Year

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Beelzebud

Earlier this year, we did a write up on the metal scene in Singapore and the bands to check out from there. As extensive as that list was, we are pleased to add Beelzebud to this list as another band worth checking out from the island country. This doom duo have released a self titled full length album and a split with Abrasion, both are a must listen for doom fiends but also for those who like their downtrodden tunes blackened with overtones of Khanate and Burning Witch. I spoke to the band about their music, touring in Vietnam and also their plans for the year, so keep reading to see what they had to say. Continue reading