Concert Review: Pilgrim and Heavy Temple, 3/11/2017

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Disclosure: there were actually four bands on this particular bill. After a bit of a delay in getting into the venue, I missed most of Manic Abraxas. And since I had a drive ahead of me and was traveling with a party of people that were on varying levels of intoxication, I missed the headlining Hessian. So it goes. Regardless, this was a tremendously fun evening, and both Heavy Temple and Pilgrim were a big part of the reason why. Continue reading

Concert Review: Sleep and Windhand (June 22, 2016)

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Sleep has been doing a few select tour dates this year with direct support from Virginia’s new doom legends, Windhand. I had the privilege of attending the sold out show at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, Pennsylvania. There were no locals on the show as Windhand and Sleep together had sets long enough to fill the 3 hour show time. Attendees had packed in early as not to miss a moment of either band. Continue reading

Concert Review: Part 2 – Decibel Magazine Tour 2016; Tribulation, Skeletonwitch, High On Fire, Abbath (April 14, 2016)

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I really can’t recall experiencing a bad time at one of the shows on the Decibel Magazine Tour. It’s an annual tour that always brings the big names, yet still manages to live up to the lofty expectations. After skipping 2015’s Boston date, I made it a point to not miss out two years in a row. And then the lineup was announced: Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation. Nope, there was no chance in hell I was missing this show. And once again, the performance lived up to the hype as each band delivered in impressive fashion. Continue reading

Album Review: Verdun – “The Eternal Drift’s Canticles”

VERDUN-TheEternalDriftsCanticles-WEBIt’s always a cool thing when expectations for a country’s metal scene are thrown by the wayside with the arrival of an album. In the case of the French outfit Verdun, their first full-length (following 2012’s The Cosmic Escape of Admiral Masuka EP) The Eternal Drift’s Canticles is quite the opposite of what we normally expect to come from France. In a country that is often recognized for its boundary-bending black metal, Verdun stick to a tried-and-true template of doom/sludge metal with occasional flourishes of stoner vibes ala Electric Wizard. While it has some really strong moments, The Eternal Drift’s Canticles primary weakness is one that plagues many other sludge acts – not knowing when to let an idea go and move on from it.  Continue reading

Album Review: Low Flying Hawks – “Kofuku”

DAXX22XX_CD-Pac_4s_1 Tray 01_2mm Bo eingeklebt links [Converted]In an era when bands’ reputations are determined by their participation in social media, I still get giddy when I’m forced to dig for information. Kofuku, the debut from psychedelic doom/sludge outfit Low Flying Hawks, is still an enigma to me after a dozen listens. I know little about the band other than what I’ve read from one interview; aside from the two main members, Eddie and Alex, Dale Crover (Melvins) and Trevor Dunn (also Melvins, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle) were involved in this album as well as producer Toshi Kosai. If that’s not enough to entice you, the music within is lava-thick doom with a dreamy haze that is just as somber as it is trippy.  Continue reading