Album Review: Swamp Witch – “Dead Rituals”

Swamp Witch - Dead Rituals

Swamp Witch have come a long way from their 2011 EP Gnosis. That album’s fuzz soaked psychedelia showed promise, and the follow up Slithering Bog doubled down on the psychedelic elements. Well, Dead Rituals decided that what they needed was more fuzz. Thick, heavy, slow, driving, drowning fuzz. And I am 100% here for it. Continue reading

Album Review: Skyeater – “The Maw of Time”

skyeater the maw of time

When one thinks of Los Angeles and heavy metal music, there are a few choice acts that immediately come to mind.  From the various Black Twilight Circle acts to long running death metal act Sadistic Intent, the scene here is perhaps not as large as in some other metropolitan areas, but is filled with its own unique takes on the genre.  Poised now to stand tall among some of the best this region has to offer is Skyeater, who are now releasing their awe-inspiring debut album The Maw of Time.   Continue reading

Album Review: Hands of Thieves – “Feasting On Dark Intentions”

Hands of Thieves - Feasting On Dark Intentions

The practice of reducing music to genre descriptors can amount to sheer blasphemy. Whether or not a band plays an amalgam of disproportionate elements doesn’t usually matter at all, except for the sake of mention that such a mixture of elements is utilized. It takes a good description of the music to win over some fans, but some of us get sick of genre tags altogether sometimes. With their debut, Feasting On Dark Intentions, Hands of Thieves present an interesting case of a band that plays music far from clear-cut, or typical. Instead, they play an enticing and genre-bending style of death and doom with subtle hints of black metal.

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