Toronto’s Pale Mare is a band you may remember from their self titled EP that came out two years ago. Comprised of only three songs, the EP gave us just enough of an inside look to know the band’s roots come from the hard hitting but sludgy side of metal. Simply meaning, this thing ruled and is still something we’re spinning when in need of that extra adrenaline. The band recently signed with Black Bow Records and will be re-releasing the EP soon so be sure to grab a copy when it’s available. Ahead of this re-release, we are proud to feature a Video Premiere of the opening track “Descolada” and it’s about the best example of how heavy the band can be as they gallop through nearly six minutes of serpentine riffs and viscous rhythms. Continue reading →
Crossing the threshold of March and this dumpster fire we’re living in just burns hotter and hotter with each new day it seems. Of course each of us can choose how we handle it but it’s infinitely difficult to crawl into a hole and just be. So, we turn to music for an escape. I’ve been doing it for eons and without it…well…I’d surely go insane. Another week and another long list of metal to keep the insanity at bay, thankfully. Kicking things off in grand fashion is Slugdge, the UK’s answer to some of the best progressive death metal you’re likely to hear in the foreseeable future on Esoteric Malacology and somehow this is even better than their last. Next up is Kentucky’s nihilistic and downright vicious doom duo Nest with their debut Metempsychosis. Moving right along with more soul crushing doom is Sixes on their debut Methistopheles and rounding out the opening slots is Oceans of Slumber who do the opposite of crush your soul and instead invite you to search it on their progressive and intriguing The Banished Heart. Just those four alone offer shelter from the raging fires around us but there’s so much more to explore this week and just in time for the weekend. Score. Dive in and enjoy. Continue reading →
Doom metal — at its most basic — uses slower tempos, downtuned guitars and mountains of feedback to produce a heavy yet thick sound. When properly combined and depending on each individual artist, these things evoke a sense of dread, despair and helplessness. Southern California’s Sixes not only successfully achieve this on their debut Methistopheles but they add aggressive sludge, abrasive vocals and even flurries of black metal to the mix. To say that Sixes are offering a litmus test in mental fortitude would be an understatement. And even though it can get long in the tooth, it showcases the capability of this genre to get under your skin and worm its way into your psyche. Continue reading →
Australian post-metal / doom stalwarts Hawkmoth just released their second album Godless Summit via Black Bow Records and is the first part in a planned two part opus. In a matter of just four tracks this album goes from lonely and desolate landscapes to crushing emotional heaviness and back again with ease but it’s the restraint the band shows throughout that really pushes Godless Summit past its predecessor, Calamitas. It would’ve been easy to relent and just explode into a cacophony of doom in several places throughout but they keep it together and consistent for an intense yet even listen. The band, collectively, sent us their best of 2017 list so let’s get to it.
Black Bow Records has officially announced September 1 as the date they will digitally reissue the back catalog of Texas doom/noise practitioners Crawl. The band’s Bandcamp page might look a little lonely in preparation for these reissues but lucky for us all, today, we have a stream for “I” from their latest album This Sad Cadav’r. Head inside for more info and a stream of this track. Continue reading →