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

Initial Descent: September 1 – 7, 2019

Vitriol
Vitriol

Last week was a week. Stuff happened or didn’t, things fell apart or didn’t, story of our lives. But, stuff is happening right here with new metal and we’ve a lot to cover so let’s do that.

On the heels of a debut that I said “has the power to split the extreme death metal genre wide open,” Vitriol is back with their debut full length and trust me when I say that the future of extreme death metal is in great hands. For all the well-earned coverage and pieces on Mizmor over the last few years, this week’s new offering might just be their best yet – syrupy black metal and emotionally draining doom combine to perfection here. Lochness burst onto the heavy as lead doom yet fuzzy and psychedelic scene with their debut 4-track EP and it’s a banger, be sure to get on that asap. Sewing up the top slots this week is Vokonis who are yet another band this week releasing their best effort to date, progressive and psychedelic rub shoulders with forward looking doom and heavy metal and it’s a sweet, sweet sound. So, the only thing left to do is get in there and grab some of this week’s blazing inferno. Continue reading