Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Ember - 271 (EP Review)


Release date: November 12th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

271 - Tracklisting

1.Ladoux Snare 08:07
2.Moonchild 09:13
3.Eye of the Dawn 08:48

Members

Crystal Bigelow - Vocal
Jeremy Allen - Bass
Craig Shadix - Guitar
Eric Bigelow - Drums

Review

Ember - return with their second EP - 271 - that contains three tracks which focuses more on the Psychedelic Doom side of life. Expertly produced with Ember on inspired form right from the start. The EP is steeped in seventies sounding doom rock with the modern sounding Psych Blues Rock that's a lot of female fronted bands are starting to do at the moment. Ember’s new EP is superb with the band even showing flashes of originality throughout the EP.

Opening track - Ladoux Snare - is a more lucid affair with the band adding elements of sixties trippy psychedelic rock before the heavy doom/stoner sounds that appear. It's very slow paced at times with Ember adopting a more experimental and alternative rock approach. The lyrics feel slightly out of pace against the doom and gloom backdrop but the vocals from Crystal save the day with Ember slowly settling down into a more emotional rhythm.

Second track - Moonchild - opens with a speech from the classic children's movie - The Never Ending Story. One of my favourite films growing up in the eighties. So kudos for the band using that brief sample. The song then moves onto a classic sounding Black Sabbath style riff. Slow pounding drums and heavy guitars creating a vintage sounding doom and gloom based atmosphere. The mood then changes to a more emotionally charged psychedelic blues rock vibe. The slow paced riffs allow lead vocalist Crystal to expand her vocal range quite dramatically in places.

Third track - Eye Of The Dawn - has a heavy mixture of grunge, doom and stoner rock with a twinge of gothic style delivery. The vocals from Crystal are very emotional at times and can be quite gloomy as well. Maybe Ember has taken influence more from Chelsea Wolfe and Black Sabbath on this record. The heavy riffs do take their time to appear but when they do they are precise with Ember showing a fine ear for detail especially during the more melodic parts.

271 is a very dramatic and emotionally charged EP that should hopefully find a loyal following within the Doom/Psych/Stoner Rock community.

Words by Steve Howe

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1000Eyes Announce New Single And Announce Debut Album In 2018.


Band Members:

Morpheus: Bass.
Kronus: Drums.
Caos: Moog


The Lowdown:

The God of 1000Eyes is the first single from stoner instrumental band 1000Eyes.
The power trio sails on a lysergic journey with doom / sludge influences and comic strip designs. In addition to electronic elements acquired with a Moog synthesizer which lead the band to a more futuristic and apocalyptic experience.

Who needs a guitar when you have a bass with fuzz and a Moog plugged into tube amplifiers.


The band is currently on studio working on their first album due to be released in 2018.



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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Nomasta - House Of The Tiger King (Album Review)


Release date: November 03rd 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

House Of The Tiger King - Tracklisting

1.Death Rattles 02:11
2.The Book Burners 04:37
3.Sir Impaler 03:45
4.Alchematic 05:21
5.House Of The Tiger King 04:01
6.This Trail Got The Best Of Us 03:49
7.At The Mercy Of Sleep 04:06
8.Hard As A Coffin Nail 03:36
9.Dawnbreaker 05:02

Members

Owen Wilson - Vocals/Guitar
Kris Allen - Bass/Vocals
Andy Richards - Drums

Review

Leeds Sludge/Doom Rockers - Nomasta - have been compared to bands such as Mastodon and High On Fire with the accompanying PR sheet that came with the album. And truth be told it's a fair description after listening to their debut album - House Of The Tiger King - multiple times recently. The album has a heavy hardcore punk vibe with moments of Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Psych. Sludge and Stoner Rock that allows Nomasta to easily force the listener into submission.

The opening track – Death Rattles - is a post-doom/thrash/sludge metal onslaught with cool psychedelic sounds starting the song before the band playing a heavier and sludgier punk driven sound. The vocals come screaming in and definitely have a hardcore/heavy metal influence running throughout them. It's quite a short track lasting over two minutes but Nomasta still manage to create an action packed song that goes through a lot of different sounds and genres.

The band then go flying into action with The Book Burners and that's where the Kvelertak/High On Fire comparisons come into place. As the band move through a myriad of different sounds that makes the album sound exciting. Thrashy based Doom/Sludge guitars added with a more modern Stoner based groove. The vocals take an unexpected turn as they harness the clean harmonic energy of Mastodon but set against a much heavier progressive backdrop. This is one of the standout songs on the album with Nomasta pulling every trick out of the book as they leave you wanting to listen to this track over and over again.

Third track – Sir Impaler is what Mastodon/High On Fire would sound like if they embraced a more hardcore and psychedelic identity to their music. Though to Nomasta's credit it's the vocals that impress yet again with the mixture of hardcore growls and progressive clean style vocals meaning there is more to Nomasta's sound than the pounding riffs.

Fourth track - Alchematic - has a more alternative rock/metal feel with the vocals but it's the riffs that allows this song to be a "true" rager with equal parts melody and aggression.

Nomasta carry on creating their dynamic Sludge driven sound with great songs such as House Of The Tiger King, This Trail Got The Best Of Us, At The Mercy Of Sleep and Dawnbreaker showing how the band know how to create a lean, mean and angry sounding riff. Some people may complain that the band are maybe trying to hard including too many different genres of music into the sound. That's beside the point as Nomasta grab your attention from the start and submit you to an intense and heavy musical workout that takes no prisoners.

The musicianship shown here is nothing short of brilliant in parts. Progressive and daring in equal measures with Nomasta sounding like a heavier and thrashier version of Cave-In at times. Though this is Nomasta's show and House Of The Tiger King is an album that could see the band play to bigger crowds and audiences over the next few years.

The production is superb with the album sounding crisp and fresh from the start. I haven't seen many reviews of this album yet and that's a crying shame as this is a brilliantly entertaining and brutally heavy album that pulverize the listener into submission.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Simon at I Like Press for the promo. House Of The Tiger King is now available to buy on CD/DD now.

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Derelics - Guilty Of Being Young (EP Review)


Release date: September 30th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Guilty Of Being Young - Tracklisting

1.Guilty Of Being Young 06:01
2.The Summer Song (Back to the Garden) 08:03
3.The (Wicked) Witch Is Dead 05:08

Members

Rich - Drums
Thom - Bass
Reno - Guitar/vocals

Review

Guilty Of Being Young is the newest EP from London Psych Stoners – Derelics. Containing a 70s classic rock sound that is merged with a casual passing to Grunge/Psych Rock. Derelics create an EP that is worth getting excited about. Perhaps less heavier than their previous releases but Derelics seem to have a new found self belief in creating lush psychedelic/stoner rock grooves.

Opening track – Guilty Of Being Young – is a brash and fully confident offering that allows the band to play riffs that showcases the best periods of Heavy Rock music over the last 40 years. You have your 70s Stadium Rock soulful, 80s Heavy Metal Solo Theatrics and grunge/stoner rock grooves that we've all became accustomed to over the last 25 years or so. However, in Derelics hands, this song is remarkably fresh and full or rebellious life. The vocals from Reno is what impresses the most. As Reno has a true “classic” rock singer persona that you don't hear much from these days. When Reno hits the high notes you can only sit back and take notice.

Second track - The Summer Song (Back to the Garden) – owes a huge debt of gratitude to Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin. As Derelics create a murky doom laiden offering that once again hides itself behind the classic rock persona the band are expertly creating here. Though look behind the scenes and you can hear a doom/stoner rock riff waiting to take over and take control. It never fully does but it's a very cool and interesting approach the band have taken with this song. Fans of Soundgarden will no doubt go crazy over this song.

Third track - The (Wicked) Witch Is Dead – is the standout track for me. As Derelics emerge themselves with a more darker 70s style of Doom/Psych Rock before freaking out onto more modern Stoner Rock sounds. You can hear elements of Aerosmith on this song as Derelics leaving you wanting more.

Shame that there is only 3 songs but Derelics have released a superbly entertaining EP that raises anticipation for hopefully for their debut album. Keep an eye on these guys as they have something special about them.

Words by Steve Howe

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Signo Rojo - Svårfödd (Album Review)


Release date: November 24th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Svårfödd- Tracklisting

They Sell Conflict
Dead Horse
Holyman
Underminer
Cock Will Burn
Under The Wheels Of The Juggernaut
Lockjaw
Fractal And Shapeless

Members

Jonas - Vocals and Bass
Elias - Guitar
Ola - Guitar
Pontus - Drums

Review

Signo Rojo was a band I was not expecting to hear from. So imagine my surprise and delight when the band announced they released a new album Svårfödd and sent a copy to review. An early Xmas Present for myself. As these guys was one of the very first bands to ever send me a promo to review when I started The Sludgelord back in 2011.

This album was meant to be released years ago but is now finally seeing the light of day now. Signo Rojo have endured an extremely tough time recording and releasing this album. Illness, personal issues and the folding of not one but two record labels that were meant to release this album.

Now Signo Rojo is finally here to proclaim their rightful place as one of the best upcoming bands from the infamous Swedish Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. Their new album - Svårfödd - is an intense blast of Sludge/Post-Metal grooves merged with modern sounding Doom/Stoner Metal riffs. Sure the album may sound very similar to Baroness and Mastodon at times. Signo Rojo has managed to create an album that sounds remarkably frank and fresh in parts.

The opening three songs They Sell Conflict, Dead Horse and Holyman sees the band blast their way through a modern sounding progressive style of Sludge/Post-Metal riffs with harsh vocals to match. Baroness/Mastodon soundscapes are perhaps a direct influence but the band still manage to create an addictive and even slightly depressive doom metal atmosphere. The mixture of thrash based sounds and easy-going Sludge/Stoner Rock riffs have the right amount of passion and aggression to keep listeners entertained from the start.

Other songs on the album - Underminer, Under The Wheels Of The Juggernaut, Lockjaw and the brilliantly epic Fractal And Shapeless all show the hidden turmoil the band went through with the making the album. The lyrics and vocals are quite angry and heartfelt on different parts of the album. Signo Rojo do experiment and play with their sound on the album as they bring in elements of Post-Rock and Psychedelic Rock which allows their sound to be more expansive and even heavier in parts.

If you miss the good old days when Baroness/Mastodon were a primarily Sludge Metal band weren't focused more on their commercial aspects of their music then I recommend you give Signo Rojo a try. As these guys have the earlier classic sound of those two great bands but move it along a more Doomier and Psychedelic direction.

Signo Rojo are currently hard at work in releasing a new EP next year and I don't know if the guys will sound the same or moved onto something different altogether. Until then I recommend you immerse yourself with Signo Rojo's triumphant new album. As this is an exciting album that will hopefully put Signo Rojo back on the right path to greatness after so many difficult setbacks. They deserve every success coming their way with this record.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

An Interview With GHENES From BRETUS

Bretus is an Italian doom metal band with a long story. It was formed in 2000 but for long eight years guys didn’t produce any worth material for real record. Slowly they elaborated their own style, gather right people in the band and their debut full-length “In Onrica” (2012) shown that Bretus has some potential to create gloom trad doom music.

The sophomore concept album “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” crystallized few features to Bretus sound: recognizable deranged vocals of Zagarus, dirty retro sound Ghenes extracted from his guitar and creepy, “hollow” effect of rhythm section performed by Azog and Striges. Few months ago guys returned with new full-length work “…From The Twilight Zone”, and if you missed their previous records then you should check this one, it deserves attention of every doom fan. We had a talk with Ghenes, here it is.

Ciao Ghenes! How are you? Bretus latest album “…From The Twilight Zone” was released in June. What does the band do now?

Cheers Aleksey is a pleasure to hear you again. After the recording we were invited to play at the Doom over Summer in Lecco (Italy) and in October at the Doom over Karalis in Cagliari (Italy). As you can understand, we do not play live very often. We live in the southern part of Italy and we are forced to travel for long time, not easy for us, so for the moment we decided not to do long tours, we only play in festivals, possibly DOOOOOM ...

Bretus debut “In Onrica” was released on Ukrainian label ARX Productions, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” seen the light of day through Blood Rock Records and now you’re returned on post-USSR territory with Russian label Endless Winter. How did they find you?

Zagarus sending the master around to understand who was interested in the press of the album. Among those who replied, Gennady (Endless Winter) was the one that gave us more guarantees. The fact that there is an interest in our music in that part of the world is a great pride for us. Latest new is that an Indonesian label called Hellas Records will make also a tape version of the album.

I’m wondering why didn’t you get an offer from any local labels, because the album has something of that famous “dark Italian sound”… So how do you work with Endless Winter? Do you provide the band enough promotion or you already used to do everything by yourselves?

After the release of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” the relationship with Bloodrock was at a dead point for some reasons, including the lack of release in the vinyl version of the album. We did not receive any good replies from other Italian labels. In any case, the relationship with the Endless Winter is solid, Gennady the owner, he is a honesty and straightforward person. Regard to the promotion, each of us has its own channels and manages them at best. It is a small but combative label, it was what we wanted.


Two years ago Bretus took part in split album with Black Capricorn, you offered the new song “The Haunter Of The Dark”. Can we suppose that it was a bridge from Lovecraftian horror (“The Shadow Over Innsmouth”) to horror cinematographic (“…From The Twilight Zone”)?


Sure. Old Horror movies and mystery stories are a source of great inspiration for us. Sometimes the two ways of making art have met together in a great way, but honestly, no one Lovecraft's stories never had a worthy representation on screen.

Bretus – The Oath Of Dagon

But Spanish “Dagon” movie is really creepy, didn’t you watch it?

I saw the movie and I must say that I really liked the first part. The setting brought to my mind the loose scenarios of Lovecraft’s novel. Until the Amphibian creatures appeared and entered the free imagination of the screenwriter... in my personal opinion some scenes are a little kitsch, but the real problem of Lovecraft's movies is that you should never enter any love story inside.

Ha-ha-ha! Bull’s eye! Love stories in Lovecraft’s writings are forbidden! However that I like the most in new album is your following in the same direction you took with the first album, you know – there’s nothing unnecessary and all Bretus features are on their places. More by token, how would you distinct these features?

It's a difficult answer. There is nothing studied in our way of writing. What we do is the result of our listening and sensations, for example today's music does not fit in our tastes. We chose from the beginning not to record drums with “click”, maybe this may be one of our features. Actually I can only say that we do not like sounds too clean and the metronome aha ha ah ...

I guess that these songs surpass your previous works in both production and song writing that turns to be murderously effective. I like “Innsmouth”, but you know – it has a bit of slime and dirty as everything that connected with those amphibian bastards. So… how do you value “…From The Twilight Zone” from your position?

Thank you very much. About the sound, what we really think is that "In onirica" compared to our last record, was more produced, if you understand what I mean. The sound you hear on the final mix of ...from the Twiligt Zone is the same that came from our amps, there was not a big mixing / mastering. On the other hand, about the writing, I do not think it changed a lot, certainly playing with the same line up for long time helped us, and a bit of more experience.

But I believe that you agree – “…Twilight Zone” is your strongest release up to date. Did you already feel it through feedback? By the way, how do local fans support you or do you get it mostly from your friends and relatives? How often do you feel recognition?

Feedback for this record was great. Both the reviews and the guys who wrote us showed themselves very excited about the new album. I do not say a lie if I say that for us this is the greatest recognition. In our area there are some guys who follow us, but I cannot say that we are part of a real scene. We do not really feel sorry for that, we are a bit misanthrope ah aha. A few years ago, we also managed the first Doom festival in our city, and the turnout was quite well. We like to think that we have planted some seed.

Azog on bass, Ghenes on guitars and bass, Striges on drums and Zagarus as vocalist. What make you keep to work together for almost 17 years?

It’s not easy, because you have to confront with the others personalities, opinions was not the same ever. To play is a way of expressing yourself, not a business affair. It's also important to stay well together, to travel the world if is possible, and to know so many interesting and stimulating people.


How did you work out that retro-styled sound for the album? It fits absolutely to the album’s concept, so I don’t even ask why did you choose it.

Aside from some keyboard parts, we always try to get the most realistic sound possible. Our first Ep was recorded on a 7/tracks recorder. We always thought about how the songs could play live, so we can eliminate the unnecessary stuff.

You have that old school vibe and nowadays a lot of bands try to copy “retro sound”, though Italian bands tend to avoid this trend. How do you like this trend in wider sense?

Personally I do not like trends. I think it's just that historic moment in which the great record labels decide when and what we have to listen to. That said, in the last few years many guys have joined the great train of heavy and acid sounds, so not all is bad. Better Doomers than Nothing!!! Who will survive?

The new album is based on horror movies’ plots and you chosen really ancient films. Why didn’t you take some more recognizable movies like those which inspired Electric Wizard and Reverend Bizarre?

No reason. It's just our way of rediscovering and at the same time to pay homage to small jewels that time could make you forget. We never look at what others do, maybe in some cases we could be influenced without knowing (I’m laughing...), but it's better to think with your head.

Bretus – Danza Macabra

By the way, do you know your country mates Arcana 13? I’m asking because their debut record “Danza Macabra” is also based on eight different horror movies…

We know the band, but the idea has not come to them. As you know, we had already made a concept album for Lovecraft, this time it was the turn of some of our favorite movies. If you looking to our biography, you will find that we have chosen from the very beginning to following a certain way of making movies, music etc etc

Didn’t you try to get in contact with them and organize common horror tour?

It would be great, but as I told you about organizing a tour (long or short) it is not very simple, the costs would be excessive for us. Never say never, but for the moment I do not think it's possible.

How do you see general peculiarity of Italian horror and giallo movies?

I also appreciate a lot of other non-Italian directors, but I think the Italian ones particularly (Fulci, Margheriti, Bava, Deodato, etc ...) know better how to showing the madness and perversion that lies within us. Although in Italy we have the headquarter of the Catholic Church, I must admit that we are a strange and unusual people.

How did you choose movies for the album? And why did you stop only on seven ? I would be happy to know that there are song or two left and you have plans to release something else soon.

The choice was made, as I have already said, according to our tastes, and by the year. Nothing about modern movies but we prefer old scripts. Aside from this , we find that the acting, actors and settings of old movies are very fascinating and of great inspiration. We first selected the movies for the record, and then we composed the music. I'm sorry Aleksey, but the seven tracks included were the only ones we composed. We are already working on some new ideas, news will coming soon.

Okay, what can you already reveal about your future plans?

There are no clear plans at the moment. We are waiting for the inspiration... We are still looking for a label that is interested in printing the vinyl version of ... from the “…Twilight Zone”. There are new ideas for songs. Of course we would like to get another 7"/ split with some other band we appreciate. We'll see!!!

Do you remember your first horror movie? What did catch you back then into it?

Someone said that in order to respect something you must first be intimidated. Maybe me… Now I'm too old and I do not remember well. My first horror movie may have been a nightmare as I slept ... as a kid I was really scared by the darkness and the noises aha ha ah ...

There are six songs on “…Twilight Zone” and one track without lyrics. Why is "Lizard Woman" instrumental track?

Certainly, “A Lizard in a woman’s skin” (English movie’s name) is most psychedelic than the other movies, so we decided better to make it as an instrumental track. Inside the song there is also an homage, which wants to be a tribute to one of the greatest Italian soundtracks composer. But I do not mean to say anything else, I leave you the taste of finding it.

Thanks for the answers Ghenes! How would you like to finish the interview?

We would like to thank all the guys who follow us for so many years and are always pushing us to do the best. See you around for a beer guys! Thank you so much Aleksey for your interest in our music and support. We also wanted to wish you good luck for the great initiative you had for Doom metal Lexicanum. Honored to be part of it. Take care!!!

We are all DOOMED))) Ghenes

Words Aleks Evdokimov and GHENES

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

GHOLD - STOIC (Album Review)


Release date: November 03rd 2017. Label: Crypt Of The Wizard Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Stoic - Tracklisting

1.Nothing Dreamt 08:48
2.Blue Robe 03:54
3.Ruptured Earth (Head In Sand) 06:11
4.Faeder Ure 04:12
5.SKHUL V 08:07
6.SKHUL VI 12:09

Members

Alex Wilson: Bass guitar, Piano, Percussion, Vocal
Paul Antony: Drums, Percussion, Programming, Vocal
Oliver Martin: Guitar, Keys, Percussion, Vocal

Review

UK Psych/Sludge Rockers - Ghold - return with their new album - Stoic. This sees the band return with a more offbeat and experimental offering compared to their previous albums. Adapting a more Melvins style approach with their music. Stoic is deliriously heavy with moments of Sludge driven Noise/Doom/Psych Experimental Rock Music allowing Ghold once again to stand out from the crowd.

Opening track Nothing Dreamt is nine minutes of dark twisted sludge/doom metal madness. Even with the song being primarily a Doom/Sludge Metal song it's good to see Ghold embracing a more Post-Punk sound. It allows Ghold to be heavy and restrained at the same time. The vocals from are vastly different from previous albums and the psychedelic noises only offer a brief glimpse in what is to follow.

Second track Blue Robe opens with post-rock/ambient sound with earthly vocals being sung in the background. This is a stark contrast to the opening track even when Ghold start to add heavier strands of music to party. The song has an eighties synth vibe that would feel right at home on a classic Michael Mann film such as Thief or Manhunter. A very gloomy and abstract song that makes you wonder which direction this album is heading into next. This is one of the best tracks on the album. It's not the heaviest but it's quite emotional in places and shows you how daring Ghold are with their music.

Third track Ruptured Earth (Head In Sand) returns Ghold to the forefront of their Doom/Sludge sound but with a more industrialized feel. Not quite Godflesh but it almost goes down that route. The vocals and lyrics work superbly well with the fast-paced and distorted music Ghold create here. There are even a few cool riffs to head-bang to as well.

The second half of the album sees Ghold continue their weird experimental journey into new levels of heaviness for the band with fourth track Faeder Ure being a more doom/drone track that doesn't offer any genuine excitement. Though the album returns to winning ways with the two part combination of SKHUL V & SKHUL VI offering twenty two minutes of finely tuned experimental Doom/Sludge Metal.

It may take some time for the heavy riffs to appear but Ghold expertly build up the anticipation for some of the albums heaviest and standout moments. Ghold have never released the same album twice. Each album they've released so far has all sound so vastly different to each other. it seems Ghold want to explore as many different musical avenues they possibly can.

On this form I hope they carry on as Stoic is perhaps their best album to date. Let’s see what the next album brings..

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Lauren at Rarely Unable for the promo. Stoic is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Crypt Of The Wizard Records.

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Hypergiant - Father Sky (Album Review)


Release date: November 16th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Father Sky - Tracklisting

1.Perseus Arm
2.Colossi
3.Island 3
4.Retrograde
5.Entropy
6.Interlude: Krakenmare
7.Ryu-Un Maru
8.No Way Out
9.PSR J0835-4510
10.Solar Landslide
11.Apogee

Members

Nathan Lee - Guitar & Vocals
Gordon Hammer - Guitar
Lachlan Davidson - Bass
Julian Moxon - Drums

Review

Greetings all,

Australia's Hypergiant have unveiled an incredible debut album. To be honest, I knew nothing about the band before diving in to this record, but have walked away impressed and a huge fan of this expansive, adventurous record. Father Sky is 11 massive tracks that clock in at over an hour of killer music. Hypergiant are a difficult band to pigeon-hole. To break it down in their purest, simplest form, they are a metal band, but the album careens wildly between all of the sub genres in a most satisfying way. There are times I hear the likes of Mastodon, Khemmis, and Spirit Adrift in Hypergiant's sound, but it is that and more. The sound of Father Sky is top notch and the band is tight and confident, and it shows. Their sound is no frills, meaning it is guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, but at the same time so much more.

The record opens solidly with Perseus Arm a five plus minute slab of solid stoner rock. Colossi has a more straight forward metal sound with a true focus on the absolutely killer drumming that has the song ending with a serious neck breaking thrash outro. Next the band drops some huge fuzzed out riffage on Island 3, which is a blazing 7 minutes of awesomeness.

Retrograde has an almost Gothic sound that is heavy on the instrumentation and vibe. The band then kicks up the aggression with Entropy. The vocals are rough and the song has a sound reminiscent of -16- heavy sound.

Interlude:Krakenmare is an instrumental track that starts with an acoustic intro before taking an about face to a heavy end.

Ryu-Un Maru has a spaced out/celestial sound that lets your mind rest before returning to the aggressive sludgy sound of No Way Out with aggressive vocals and a killer double kick drum sound. PSR J0835-4510 is a brief little dark, noisy interlude.

Solar Landslide is a focused straight metal sounding track that carries an ethereal feel before closing out with a dark and oppressive feel. The album closes out with a big rock sounding closer of Apogee with it's heavy bass intro is the perfect close to this wild and heavy ride.

If you are not familiar with Hypergiant you should definitely take the time to acquaint yourself with them. I myself am onboard for the ride that these guys are taking. Father Sky is an amazing metal journey. Check it out!

- Todd S

Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey


Thanks to Hypergiant for the promo. Father Sky will be available to buy on CD/DD from November 16th 2017.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Exclusive Song Premiere Of Cult Seeker From PILLARS and Interview With Bassist DISASTER

Pillars are a Sludge/Doom Metal band from France who will be releasing their superb new EP - Pyres and Gallows on November 17th via Seeing Red Records.

The label have kindly allowed ourselves to host the exclusive premiere of "Cult Seeker" off off Pyres and Gallows, which you can hear below:



PRE-ORDER: https://seeingredrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pillars-pyres-and-gallows


Here is a little Q & A with the with Pillars bassist Distaster conducted by Thomas from Redefining Darkness.:


Tell us a bit about the formation of the band. I understand a few of you were once a part of higher profile death metal bands such as Svart Crown...what were the deciding factors of leaving that scene behind and start Pillars?

Klem was playing guitar in Svart Crown few years ago, I guess he just wanted to do something else. Disaster (bass) and JJ (Drums) formed Pillars in 2014 then Djé (Guitars) joined. It took over a year to find a singer but it helped us forging our own thing musically.

The subgenres of Doom have become quite crowded in recent years. How do you manage to establish your sound and stand out from the pack?

It was hard to find our own sound but I think we’ve achieved that : massive tone with old school feeling, agressive fuzzy sound but we try to keep a good balance between guitar and bass so you can (almost) hear everything. For song writing, unlike a lot of doom bands nowadays, we try to give vocals a lot of space, more like in traditional rock songs. We also try to give each song its own identity so they really differ from each other.

What do you feel is the essence of doom metal? What aesthetics are essential?

Low tuning, darkness, fuck everything.

To what do you attribute the emergence of the French scene and what bands do you recommend?

There are more and more very goods bands around, no miracles, just guys working hard on their stuff : for example CLYSTONE and OORTHIAN from our area are KILLER bands, DEVEIKUTH was great too but I think they just split. We also have SILVER GALLERY and SOUND OF ZARDOZZ from Marseille that are kicking ass. And of course more established bands like WITCHTHROAT SERPENT, HANGMAN’S CHAIR, MONARD, VERDUN… All those are fucking great.

Lyrically and conceptually what influences Pillars?

Pillars is about madness, rituals and debauchery.

What non metal influences if any influence your sound?

Punk !

If you had to pick five essential doom metal albums what would they be?

Here are few records I really like:



- Corrupted : El mundo Frio
- Salem’s Post : Sweden
- Ramessess : Possessed by the rise of magik
- Church of Misery : Houses of the Unholy
- Sleep : Dopesmoker

Is there specific gear/equipment you use that makes your sound so full and dynamic?

We mainly use devices from french craftsmans like N.O.S. (Name of sound), CHILLBASS, ELEVENDRUMS… Less expensive than big brands and better made. Also it’s always better to talk to the guys that are building stuff for you.

What are the plans for the future of Pillars?

We want to play live a lot, with bands we like. Also, we’ve just recorded our first full length album, we’ll take some time to mix it and add everything we want.

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