Profile: LA’s Instrumental Doom Quartet Goliathan

Goliathan
Goliathan

Goliathan are a four piece instrumental doom / post-metal band from Los Angeles, CA that to date have one EP, Awakens, available but over the course of the three songs contained the band cover a ton of territory. “In the Path of the Giant, Technology is Laid to Waste” is an expansive and emotional epic of sprawling post-metal atmosphere while “March of the Mountains” lays down a heavy dose of thought provoking doom metal. How this band isn’t signed yet is a mystery to me. We recently had a chance to ask them our set of Profile questions and they were gracious and extremely generous with their answers so keep reading to see what they had to say and by all means, support them via Bandcamp and if you’re able, get out and support them on the concert circuit. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Mark’s List

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It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018.  Late to the party,  I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road.   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

Profile: Andrew Field of APF Records

Andrew Field APF Records

APF Records, based out of the United Kingdom, is an extremely young record label that caters to doom, stoner and sludge metal. But the fact that the label is young means absolutely nothing when they’ve released albums from heavyweights such as Mastiff, Under, Diesel King and most recently BongCauldron. And that’s just to name a few. Basically wherever the riffs are heavy, loud and thick is where you’ll find APF and they’re growing by leaps and bounds. One look at their Bandcamp page and the amount of releases since March is impressive. We recently were afforded the opportunity to get our set of Profile questions in front of owner Andrew Field and not only did he take the time to answer but was generous with his responses. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to keep APF Records on your radar. Continue reading