Album Review: Blessed Black – "Beyond the Crimson Throne"

Up and coming doom metal band, Blessed Black, made a powerful kick-down-the-door type of entry into the metal scene with their debut two-track EP Beyond the Crimson Throne and now return to flesh those two tracks out into a full length album of the same name.  The group, formed in 2017, is comprised of four very skilled musicians from Ohio.  Since the band’s start, they have worked tirelessly to develop their sound and produce a pretty killer debut album.  Beyond the Crimson Throne showcases the musicians’ technical talents through catchy riffs, guitar and vocal harmonization, crisp drum lines, and bass lines that beg for head banging. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Chthonic Deity and In the Pit

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Chthonic Deity’s Reassembled in Pain and Pizza Port Brewing Company’s In the Pit IPA.

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The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Addendum, Part II

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

It’s been a while (9/19) since I have written something for the column, but real life sucks; between grad school and putting my body through the wringer, priorities shifted and this kept getting pushed back. However, this hasn’t stopped me from listening to music and writing about other things, so we are going to continue the addenda. There are five genres left and then we can finally move on to other genres and whatever else I want to write about, because after two more genres, we might be going into no man’s land.

Also, when this gets published, it might be the new year, so Happy New Year, everyone! Continue reading

Profile: Joshua Murphy of the Trad-Doom Quartet Blessed Black

Blessed Black

Ohio’s Blessed Black got their start back in the twilight of 2017 much like a lot of bands over the years: riffing on heavy metal and doom in local dives until they felt they had something strong enough they just couldn’t walk away from. Basically, the American Rock ‘n’ Roll dream since the beginning of the term. One year later they released a two track EP that had that trad-doom meets COC vibe and now have an upcoming full length, Beyond the Crimson Throne, that incorporates those two tracks but successfully builds on them in the shape of five more extremely strong, riff-heavy barnburners. Stoner doom, traditional heavy metal, driving rhythms, and epic vocals means that you’re about to have a new favorite band to be pulling for. Roughly a month ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to ask vocalist and lead guitarist Joshua Murphy (War Curse) our set of Profile questions to get a deep dive behind the curtains. Head inside to see how it went down and go show them some support, links are contained within. Continue reading

EP Premiere: MNRVA – “Black Sky”

MNRVA - Black Sky

When taking cues for your band name from the Roman goddess of wisdom, arts, and warfare, the music must deliver on all fronts. SC’s doom metallers MNRVA tick off all the boxes on their debut three track EP, Black Sky, which was recorded in the same space as Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa, to name a few. The fact that this trio started out as a Motörhead tribute band isn’t lost on the intensity of these syrupy thick tracks that range in influence from Electric Wizard to Void King and all with a distinct 80s heavy metal vibe running through its entire 18 minutes. To say this is a great start for a young band would be an understatement. Today, we are extremely pleased to bring you a premiere of Black Sky, in its entirety, so head directly below to hear it ahead of its official release tomorrow. Continue reading