Album Review: Druid Lord – “Grotesque Offerings”

Druid Lord - Grotesque Offerings

Dear death/doom,

I get it.  You’re supposed to have fast and slow moments.  It’s right there in the name.  So please understand I have nothing personal against the touchpoints that signify you as a sub genre of that great and glorious noise we call metal.  It’s just that…well, I need both those facets to be interesting within the context of the song.  And in the case of  Grotesque Offerings, the long awaited full length followup by Druid Lord, while I really dig the “death” (aka the fast and angry bits), the “doom” (aka the tedious boring bits) leave more than a little to be desired.   Continue reading

Album Review: Pillärs – “Abandoned”

Pillars - Abandoned

There’s something lurking in the blackened pockets and hidden corners in Ohio.  It’s not a new phenomenon; just look back at the explosion of sounds that came out of the 70s: the no- and new-wave punk anarchy from bands like the Bizarros, the Pagans, and a small band called Devo turned cities like Cleveland and Akron into a hotbed of incredible music.  Although not couched in the same style, Pillärs takes its cue from the same spark that drove the furious creativity of those bands, and in debut album Abandoned craft a pummeling assault of crust-laden noise that provides a righteous soundtrack to the beginning of 2018.   Continue reading

Album Review: Hamferð – “Támsins likam”

Hamferd - Tamsins Likam

Welcome to my first review of 2018.  This year, we’re getting things kicked off with Hamferð‘s Támsins likam.  After receiving numerous accolades, including stints touring with acts as respected as Amorphis and winning the 2012 Wacken Festival Battle of the Bands contest,  Hamferð have signed to Metal Blade records, and are now set to debut to the wider public their brand of stately death/doom that illuminates the hidden cultural gem of the Faroe Islands.   Continue reading

Album Review: Djinn and Miskatonic – “Even Gods Must Die”

Djinn and Miskatonic - Even Gods Must Die

You wouldn’t normally think of India as the first place for some heavy, Lovecraftian inspired doom metal.  After all, the country has a rich history and mythology ripe for the metal picking.  Nevertheless, something dark and otherworldly must be peeking behind the veil of reality because Djinn and Miskatonic have crafted a bowel shaking, Great Old One stomping record in Even Gods Must Die, their second foray into the eldritch dark.  Carrying the torch of bands like Electric Wizard married to the stoner groove of The Obsessed, the album hybrid works and shows that the cyclopean eye of doom can cast its baleful gaze from any corner of the globe.   Continue reading

Album Review: Corrosion of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”

corrosion of conformity - no cross no crown

I’m conflicted with No Cross No Crown.

Not because it’s a bad or mediocre album – my conflict comes in reviewing this latest offering from Corrosion of Conformity with fresh ears and holding back the urge to compare. Both Deliverance and Wiseblood are absolute pillars in my listening habits and collection, and I’m coming to the conclusion it’s impossible to be objective when this reunion album with Pepper Keenan has been one of my most anticipated releases for so long. So, gather around while I make a complete ass out of myself. Continue reading