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

Interview: Mathias Fortier of Lochness on Aquatic Doom, Respect for the Sea, Album Artwork, and Much More

Lochness

Sometimes, insomnia and Bandcamp crawls can reap huge rewards. Such is the case with finding Montreal’s self tagged “Aquatic Doom” band Lochness and their debut Black Smokers. The artwork drew me in with its retro look and color usage but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just another psychedeli-stoner doom and fuzz group. Rather, this is a band that stands out from the crowd by way of heavy and suffocating atmospherics, crushing doom, fantastic vocals, catchy and encompassing song structures, and of course the almighty riffs they swing. And, in short, they can write damn good songs. They’re a breath of fresh air in a crowded scene that has gone lax as of late. So obviously, I had to reach out and guitarist Mathias Fortier graciously responded as we discussed how they got started, respect for the sea, the state of stoner/psych doom, dream tour bills, and much more. Head below to see how it went down and be sure to grab your copy from the links contained within. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Mizmor and Future Knowledge No. 7

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: Mizmor’s Cairn and Paradox Brewing Company’s Future Knowledge No. 7  Continue reading

Profile: Wisconsin’s Doom Crew Cold Black River

Cold Black River

Wisconsin’s Cold Black River had a straightforward approach back when they formed in 2013: “We wanted to craft a stripped-down heavy sound with doom metal influences, decent hooks and vocals you could hear and understand.” Six years and four releases later they’re closely adhering to that statement and it shows on their most recent effort Tales of Death & The Devil, released digitally last year and now sees CD release on June 14. Their music is the slow burn type of doom; bluesy and smokey with vocals that are smoother than a perfect steak and a side of top shelf bourbon. They’ve been building to this and have finally pulled it all together into a cohesive firecracker of an album. In an effort to learn more, we recently had a chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band and they were gracious with their time in answering but also gracious enough to give other bands some etiquette tips. Keep reading to see how it went down and head over to their Bandcamp page to snag a copy for yourself. Continue reading

Stream: Dun Ringill Live at Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (5.4.2019)

Dun Ringill

For some of you, the term Dun Ringill may conjure up the album Stormwatch from Jethro Tull but here, it refers to Swedish doom metallers Dun Ringill that are, at times, as progressive as Tull was. Their full length debut, Welcome, was released back in March via Argonauta Records and is a rousing six song sonic pleasure. Doom, rock, and folk all have a place in this dark stew but it’s the way the band puts it all together that makes it different enough from anything else to really stand out. Plus, there’s several unexpected twists and turns throughout – flute! Today, we’re excited to bring you a hometown show Dun Ringill performed at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg last month. It’s an excellent performance with high quality video so if you dig concerts and hard rockin’ doom metal, this one’s for you. Hit the play button immediately below and kick back for a spell. Continue reading