Vermont trio Ghastly Sound return this week for their second EP of 2017, The Bottom. This EP, much like its self-titled predecessor, is another collection of songs that offers the bite of sludge metal but with the grandiose melodies of Torche which really makes the band’s songs pop right out of the speakers. The fifteen minute runtime of The Bottom flies by in an instant and you’ll find yourself hitting the repeat button time and time again. I’m amazed at what this band has done over the course of two EP’s and cannot wait to see what they do with a full length. Ok so, by now you get that this band and their music rules — stick around to see what TJ Maynard (bass) had to say to our Profile set of questions.
One man band Hellripper is a fierce blend of black and speed metal, tinged with the stylings of NWOBHM outfits such as Motörhead, Tank and Warfare and drenched in an extra dose of first wave black metal for good measure. 2017 saw the release of debut full length Coagulating Darkness, an album as infectious as it is articulate. Relentless in speed and delivering some of the filthiest, most memorable riffs in recent history, the only real flaw here is simply that you’ll wish the fun lasted longer. James McBain was recently kind enough to take a pause from other projects (Lord Rot, Lock Howl, Rats of Reality) to answer our set of Profile questions. Check out what he had to say and make sure to give Coagulating Darkness a listen while you’re at it.
Portuguese brutal death metallers Annihilation have just released their second full length The Undivided Wholeness of All Things which steps outside the typical lyrical content of its own genre. Instead of horror and gore this album focuses on the creation and destruction of a universe complete with an alternate reality ruled by a reptilian entity. A mouthful for sure but it makes for a fascinating story set to a bone crushing soundtrack. In conjunction with the album’s release, we recently had the chance to ask founding member and rhythm guitarist Fábio Da Silva our set of Profile questions. Head inside to see what he had to say and take a listen to the included streams while you’re at it. Continue reading
Taking their name from a ritual structure in the Zoroastrian religion used to dispose of the dead and comprised of members with backgrounds as varied as black metal, psychedelic and classical, Daxma have just released their debut full length The Head Which Becomes the Skull. And as expected from their pedigree, it’s a broad-stroke of genius that recalls the likes of SubRosa and Godspeed You! Black Emperor as much as it does some of doom’s heaviest hitters. Big shoes to fill indeed but this five-piece decidedly delivers and then some. The album is centered around the journey of one’s soul from birth to death and listening through these six songs there’s a definite arc to the nearly 50 minutes of emotional and stunningly immersive soundscapes. We recently had the opportunity to ask Jessica T. and Kelly D. our Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading
Cicada the Burrower is a one-man progressive black metal band from Wisconsin that has been around since 2012 and, in that time, has amassed quite a lengthy back catalog of releases. But over this same stretch of years, mastermind and sole member Cameron Davis has personally been through hell on earth and all of the leftover emotions and stains of what he’s been though are splayed across his work but nowhere is it more evident than on the seven tracks that grace The Great Nothing which saw its release in September. We recently had the opportunity to ask Cameron our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to check out the streams contained within. Continue reading