Ride to Ruin: “Plagues Upon Arda” and a Conversation With Khazzadum’s Luka Djordjevic

Khazaddum - Plagues Upon Arda

Metal Archives’ database lists 174 Tolkien-inspired acts. One-hundred and seventy-four. Sub-genres range from traditional power metal to atmospheric black metal and beyond. So if you said heavy music may not need any more Tolkien worship, you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong. In August, Wisconsin’s Khazaddum will self-release their debut full-length, Plagues Upon Arda. As a fan of both Khazaddum and JRR Tolkien, I’m excited to say the new record is a solid, meaty effort, marked by significant improvement over their (also really enjoyable) 2015 EP, In Dwarven Halls. This is a fantastic first full-length, and Plagues Upon Arda feels like an engrossing, if still somewhat cursory, study of the line that separates the band’s musical delivery from the literature that inspires its lyrical material. Continue reading

Interview: Gabe Grosso (Hobbs) of Drug Honkey on “Cloak of Skies,” Guest Appearances and More

Drug Honkey
Drug Honkey

Drug Honkey are a doom quartet from Chicago. The band plays a unique mix of doom, death metal and sludge and have released four full length albums since forming in 1999. A couple months ago they released their latest, and fifth full length album, Cloak of Skies via Transcending Obscurity Records. I recently spoke to guitarist Gabe Grosso (Hobbs, guitars) about the album, guest features and more so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Elder Devil On Their Beginnings, Lyrical Meanings and Influences

Elder Devil
Elder Devil

Hailing from Fresno, CA, Elder Devil dropped a nuclear debut of grind/crust/sludge back in May titled Graves Among the Roots — six tracks of razor sharp hate best consumed at maximum volume. And the artwork, as you’ll see below, was done by none other than Ethan Lee McCarthy from Primitive Man. Since Elder Devil sound like a sped up version of that band it is definitely fitting (more on that to come). Band submissions are a good thing and this release hit our inbox sans label and sans PR but it kicked like a mule, needless to say we were impressed and had to find out more about the band and album. So we sent over some questions and as you’ll see below they were more than gracious with their answers. Read on to see what they had to say and hit the link to purchase this amazing debut. Continue reading

Interview: Beelzebud on Their Music, Touring In Vietnam and Plans For the Year

Beezlebud
Beelzebud

Earlier this year, we did a write up on the metal scene in Singapore and the bands to check out from there. As extensive as that list was, we are pleased to add Beelzebud to this list as another band worth checking out from the island country. This doom duo have released a self titled full length album and a split with Abrasion, both are a must listen for doom fiends but also for those who like their downtrodden tunes blackened with overtones of Khanate and Burning Witch. I spoke to the band about their music, touring in Vietnam and also their plans for the year, so keep reading to see what they had to say. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: a chat with Steve and Enrique from Crypt Sermon!

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Drummer Enrique Sagarnaga (left) and guitarist Steve Jansson (second from right) join Dan for a chat on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

It’s been a fun couple of years for Crypt Sermon. A well-received (and terrific) debut album, an appearance at last year’s Maryland Deathfest, an absolutely stellar interpretation of Mayhem‘s “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” as part of Decibel’s flexi series…the Philadelphia epic doomers have certainly covered some ground.

With a new album in the works and a trip to France to play at next weekend’s Hellfest, guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with Dan about…well, all manner of things: how they’ve grown into the doom genre, close encounters with Dave Mustaine at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, how that Mayhem cover came about, and more. Check out the full conversation after the jump!  Continue reading