Saturday, 14 December 2019

END BOSS Announce Their Arrival With Awesome New Song - FERAL



Feral is the debut recording of Wellington, New Zealand heavy, sludgy, bluesy rock band End Boss. Featuring the vocal talents of E.J Thorpe, the down-tuned twin guitars of Greg Broadmore and Christian Pearce of Wellington via Hamilton punk band Ghidoragh and Nato from Beastwars on drums.

E.J says about the track "The lyrics are loosely based on an experience someone close to me had after they turned down the advances of a rather dark, witchy woman. She threatened them with a curse, which became a particularly terrifying experience as the ride home from her place in the middle of nowhere became a very close call with death. Because the music reminded me of the sound of a motorbike speeding away from something, the lyrics ended up being based on the story."




With a huge amount of material already written expect an album later next year.

End Boss play Obey the Riff festival at Panhead Brewery in Upper Hutt alongside Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Beastwars, Earth Tongue, Witchskull and Potion on March 7 2020 and support Nebula (USA) at Valhalla on 19th March 2020


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Marijannah - Istanah (Album Review)


Release date: December 06th 2019 (Digital) / January 31st 2020 (Vinyl). Label: Cursed Tongue Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Istanah – Tracklisting

1. Bloodsucker
2. 1966
3. Full Moon
4. Shapeless
5. Spider Walk With Me
6. Pluto

Members

Muhd Azri – bass guitar
Nicholas Wong – drums and vocals
Rasyid Juraimi – guitar and vocals
Nicholas Ng – guitar and vocals

Review

My favourite Singaporean hoodlums, Marijannah, are back with the follow-up to their excellent debut, ‘Till Marijannah’. The new wax, entitled ‘Istanah’, is equally great in all aspects as its predecessor, any way you look at it. Even better, Marijannah are not playing it safe. It still sounds like them but a really nice strong twist, akin to Mars Red Sky, has been added and this turned out perfect. They have also gotten heavier and trippier on top of this, so naturally, ‘Istanah’ is absolutely brilliant!

Opener ‘Bloodsucker’, also the first single off of ‘Istanah’, epitomises the entire album and the change Marijannah has gone through. It explodes out of the gates being almost Death Metal…for about 75 seconds. Then the band settle in with the Mars Red Sky vibes which flows so eloquently through the songs from then on, you know what I’m talking about. Stoner rock and trippiness. Although ‘Bloodsucker’ retain more of the new-found heaviness, just listen to those riffs and the solos, man. And that earth-shattering middle section. Fantastic! ‘1966’, the second single of the album follows keeping the pace a touch slower with elegant hints towards the old Palm Springs scene. All while hypnotising and mesmerising the listener. The music envelops you immediately and doesn’t let go until you are cleansed and reinvigorated. Beautiful, indeed. ‘Full Moon’ is by and far the shortest song Marijannah has ever released. At 1.38 with only a minimalistic yet disturbing music background, this brief composition hits all the emotions there is.

‘Shapeless’ really brings the stoner metal mixed with doom. Slow, menacing, heavy and trippy it simply crushes anything in its way. It is one of those amazing songs where you can lose yourself, as long as you want to and you should, trust me! ‘Spider Walk With Me’ opens up in full punk mode before switching to something akin to Voivod playing stoner. This weaves back and forth until they drop in tempo and goes into a spaced out trippy mode. Kind of claustrophobic and disturbing but in the best possible way because music shouldn’t always be easy. It should be challenging at times and keep you, the listener, on your toes. And that’s what ‘Spider Walk With Me’ does. ‘Pluto’ is the last song out and it starts out kind of like its predecessor. Full of slow, lurking doom and stoner rock which turns into a space journey through exploding super novas during the solos. Marijannah definitely takes you somewhere new and uncharted and I am absorbing and loving every little bit of it!

Marijannah blew me away with their debut especially because the music was great but also since I knew nothing of them back in 2018. And I love it when unknown bands through me of my foundations. Again, they kind of surprised me because I didn’t know the sophomore record was in the making. As with the debut, the new wax, ‘Istanah’ simply clears the playing field letting Marijannah dominate and take control. And that’s how it should be. These guys are fantastic and deserve so much recognition, so don’t miss out people. Watch out for the Singaporean juggernaut!

Words by Håkan Nyman

Thanks to Niels at Cursed Tongue Records for the promo.

Istanah is available to buy digitally now. The vinyl will be available to buy from January 31st 2019 via Cursed Tongue Records.

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Problem With Dragons Announce US Tour




Problem With Dragons announces US Tour in February in support of new full length album Ascendant.


“maintains a ton of riffage” - Outlawreview.com

“ an extremely wide range of influences including hardcore punk, grunge, and classic hard rock, this band is a true melting pot of sounds and styles” - Metalheadworld.com 

“alienish riffs, and warish vocals” - Valley Show Girl, Valley Advocate 

“Built on the foundation of relentless kit-smashing drums, the riffs are thick and caked in dirty tone” - Stoner HiVe 

“is a deeply engaging and adventurous album with a richly creative narrative” - Outlaws of the Sun 

“Heavy, quirky and most importantly, very listenable” - Downthefrontmedia.com

feb 1 ohm easthampton ma
feb 3 highland louisville ky
feb 4 growlers cafe memphis
feb 5 lola’s fort worth tx
feb 6 moonlight albuquerque
feb 7 doubledown vegas nv
feb 8 til-two club san diego ca
feb 9 redwood los angeles ca
feb 10 rainbow los angeles ca
feb 11 golden bull oakland ca
feb 12 johnny b’s medford or
feb 13 funhouse seattle wa
feb 14 high water mark or
feb 15 luckeys club eugene or
feb 16 colonial sacramento 
feb 17 game room sonora ca
feb 18 yucca tap tempe az
feb 19 the quarry bisbee az
feb 20 tba el paso tx
feb 21 hole in the wall tx
feb 22 babylon new orleans la
feb 23 springwater nashville

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GRIN - Translucent Blades (Album Review)


Release date: January 17th 2020. Label: Crazy Sane Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Translucent Blades – Tracklisting

1.Helix
2.Orbital Grace
3.Translucent Blades
4.Husk
5.Electric Eye
6.Holy Grief
7.Antares
8.Reviver

Members

Sabine Oberg – Bass
Jan Oberg - Drums, Vocals

Additional Guitars, Tin Whistle, Soundscapes

Review

Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – Grin – are back with their new album Translucent Blades – and it continues their heavy down-tempo sound the band created with their excellent debut album from a couple years back. This album is perhaps way more psychedelic and sees the band more comfortable with their heavy surroundings. Grin feel inspired by bands such as Conan, Sleep and Ufomammut on this album but playing by their own heavy rules for an uncompromising sound.

Opening song – Helix – is the song with the heaviest vocals on the entire album with it’s mix of harsh and despairing growls. Though it’s the Psychedelic Post-Doom atmosphere the band weave into the mix that instantly grabs your attention. It’s a heavy mix of Ufomammut based Post-Rock, Doom, Sludge and Stoner based grooves that has a distorted feel to it. This is quite an interesting song to open the album with. As the vocals become cleaner and softer from this moment on. So expect a softer vocal delivery for the rest of the album.

Second song – Orbital Grace – has a more “way-out” there sound with a trippy groove being the main focus of the entire song. The vocals are excellent with an earthly style of their own. The music elevates from Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal with deft precision and allows Grin to weave a magical and heavy sound of their own. The ambient atmosphere can be quite intense in places but the music never feels forced and the band play a highly interesting blend of Cosmic Spaced Out Rock.

Third song – Translucent Blades – carries on the trippy Psychedelic and Spaced Out sounds with influences ranging from Conan, Sleep and Black Sabbath being heard and felt within every fibre of this song. Though it’s still Grin’s show and they prove they’re quite capable of playing addictive space rock grooves of their own. The ambient based atmosphere can be quite distorted in places but this allows the music and vocals to blend effortlessly together. Though the vocals are the best part of this song.

Fourth song – Husk – is a more Post-Rock driven style of music with distant vocal echoes slowly working their way to the front of the action. The heavy grooves take time to appear and this is a refreshing change of pace from Grin. As the music is more focused and calmer. The vocals are excellent yet again but the highly atmospheric music is what held my attention the most. The Post-Doom/Post-Metal style delivery has a classic vintage feel to it whilst retaining a modern sensibility.

Fifth song – Electric Eye – allows Grin to experiment with their sound yet again. The heavy bass is handled superbly well and one that brings a more menacing style of music for Grin to play with. The gloomy atmospherics is beautifully underplayed from start to finish. The vocals are quite gloomy and can be distracting at times especially when they move into more Drone based territory. The final moments are taken up by a hybrid Drone/Doom based sound and perhaps the most exciting part of the song.

The final three songs of the album – Holy Grief, Antares and Reviver – sees Grin perhaps play the heaviest and most exciting riffs on the album with Holy Grief and Reviver being the best parts of the album.

Translucent Blades can be quite a complex sounding album when you first listen to this. As Grin have included a high volume of different ideas within the albums short thirty-six-minute running time. Maybe the album could have been on a little bit longer for the band to explore and develop their sound even further.

However, this is still an epic and even more thrilling record compared to their debut album and one that allows Grin to enhance and grow their reputation even further within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Chris at Crazy Sane Records for the promo. Translucent Blades will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from Jan 17th 2020 via Crazy Sane Records.

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Monday, 2 December 2019

VESSEL SIGNS TO MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN RECORDS FOR WORLDWIDE VINYL RELEASE OF THEIR THIRD ALBUM AND HEAR NEW SONG - TWENTY TWENTY

VESSEL SIGNS TO MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN RECORDS FOR WORLD WIDE VINYL RELEASE OF THEIR THIRD ALBUM IN FEBRUARY 2020 



Majestic Mountain Records is very proud to welcome Australian based Vessel to the label and we're so excited to bring the new album 'Vagabond Blues' to all of you in February!   


'Vagabond blues' is a 7-songs genre-defying tour-de-force album covering metal, doom and of course fuzz!  As can be heard with the first single 'Twenty Twenty' the current enviroment situation is one of the HOT topics on the album and something that Majestic Mountain Records supports to 100%. Albums like 'Vagabond Blues' is what keeps the Majestic Mountain machine rolling and we can't wait to share the album with you! 

'Vagabond Blues' drops the 7th of February 2020 and the vinyl pre-order will open in the end of January! Stay tuned for more information about the content of the vinyl release! 

To get you in the mood for the album you can hear this Exclusive Premiere of the new song TWENTY TWENTY from the upcoming new album from the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/thevesselproject/vessel-twenty-twenty/s-mhqXf
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Friday, 29 November 2019

ONHOU - Endling (Album Review)



Release date: November 30th 2019. Label: Lay Bare Recordings/Tartarus Records. Format: Cassette/DD/Vinyl

ENDLING – Tracklisting

Dire
March Retreat
Silence

Members

Henk - Bass
Alex - Guitar/vocals
Arnold - Drums
Florian- Keys/vocals

Review

Endling is the crushing new album from Doom/Drone collective ONHOU and it’s a heavy slab of crushing Doom Metal that’s pitch black and full of different exciting sounds. The album is bleak from the start with the down-tuned grooves and distorted vocals allow this album to fully consume your soul. The music is wild and vivid from the start with elements of Post-Metal, Doom, Sludge and Drone Metal allowing ONHOU to add a gloomy Psychedelic vibe to the whole flow of the album.

Opening song – DIRE – flirts between Post-Metal and Blackened Doom riffs with a heavy apocalyptic theme running throughout the song. The song has a lot a ground of cover with 17 minutes of pure punishing Doom/Drone grooves being played for both your pain and pleasure. The song is quite progressive but it’s the bleak atmosphere that allows ONHOU to have a dangerous and gloomy sound of their own. The band feel inspired by Neurosis, THOU and Wolves In The Throne Room. ONHOU never shy away from playing their music that’s packed full of manic and violent twisted energy.

Second song – March Retreat – opens with a standard Doom/Sludge Metal sound that soon adds a slightly disturbing Psychedelic vibe in the background and the vocals just command your attention. The sludgy progressive parts are the most interesting part of the song with the gloomy atmospherics allowing ONHOU to create a creepy and superbly entertaining blend of Extreme Metal.

Third song – Silence – offers one final round of Sludge/Doom/Drone Metal madness for ONHOU to impress you with. The eerie Psychedelic tones do their job superbly well again with the distorted vocals and sinister Doom riffs leave you wanting more. This is my favourite song on the album as it’s played at a deliberate slow pace but it has a more menacing tone and presence that sent chills down my spine.

Endling is an unflinching and unapologetic display of Sludge/Doom Metal that ranks as one of the heaviest and bleakest albums of the year. ONHOU take no prisoners with this album and that’s what makes this album such an AWESOME EXPERIENCE to listen to on these dark winter nights slowly coming in.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Order ENDLING:

Vinyl (LBR026) - https://laybarerecordings.com/release/endling-by-onhou-lbr026
Heavy weight 180gr 12” black or snow-white vinyl. With double-sided insert and single sleeve w/ 5mm spine.

Tape (TAR145) – https://shop.tartarusrecords.com

Limited edition of 100 cassettes housed in a die-cut cardstock case, housed in a screen-printed burlap bag.

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DOMKRAFT - Slow Fidelity (EP Review)


Release date: November 22nd 2019. Label: Blues Funeral Recordings. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Slow Fidelity – Tracklisting

1.Through the Ashes 09:19
2.Mud Collider 05:52
3.Where We Part Ways 12:54
4.Where We Part Ways (instrumental) 13:23

Review

Greetings All,

Earlier this month, one of my absolute favourite bands Domkraft released an absolutely killer new EP entitled Slow Fidelity. This record comes hot on the heels of last years amazing Flood album. If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour and check out that monster of a record. Slow Fidelity is a 3(4) song EP that shows the trio from Sweden mixing their trademark hypnotic riff and repeat sound with guest vocalists and some solid experimentation. The collaborative effort with Lea of Besvarjelsen, Marty of Slomatics and the enigmatic Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and QOTSA and more along with his own brilliant solo work, is a monster track filled with doom laden imagery and psych heavy explorations. The record seems to find the band leading you a dark, desolate journey from somewhere to who knows where. It lends itself to being a soundtrack to an apocalypse, and it sounds really damn good.

The record opens with the slow build of Through the Ashes that then explodes into the powerful riffage and some wiry angular sounds across nearly 10 minutes of bleak heaviness that laments “You let the guiding lights blind you”. The band then kicks in right away with the rock heavy and expansive sound of Mud Collider, a driving track shows the trio really flexing their muscle. The record then gives way to the centrepiece of the record. A bass heavy opening unleashes Where We Part Ways to a weary world. The band veers in a multitude of directions while allowing the aforementioned guest vocalists to weave dark parables to the listeners. This is a truly amazing song and a testament to the artistry of all involved. The closer revisits the same track, Where We Part Ways (Instrumental) revisits the song with an extra couple of seconds of music. It is really interesting to hear the band showing the foundation of the song and allowing the listener to drift under the hypnotic sound to either throw in your own words or just allow you to be consumed and drift away into the hypnotic hereafter.

Domkraft is honestly one of my favourite bands around today. Their artistry and immersive sound is nearly unmatched. If you haven’t. Check out both of the bands prior albums and keep your eyes peeled for a live record coming soon. In the interim, check this monster out. You will not be disappointed. Dig Heavy on this and check it out!

Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

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Them Dirty Shrikes unveil New Song NOVEMBER

(Photographer - Jean-Michael Kelsey)
Doomy alternative rock band Them Dirty Shrikes release their new single November today. Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2016 the band has quickly gained a standing in the local live scene having performed at the country’s top festivals like Oppikoppi, Mistry Waters Music Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival. Apart from the festivals, they have shared the stage with well-known South-African acts such as Hellcats, The Black Cat Bones, Shadowclub, Dan Patlansky and Ruff Majik.
The track is one of two new singles the band will be releasing over the next couple of months and the first new material since their single Trip & Fall which they released in March this year.  February 2018 saw the release of their debut ep Heads or Tails which was very well received by fans and media.

November is the result of a dark time in vocalist Soné Briel’s life as she explains, “This is one of the most personal songs we’ve released to date. When writing this song, I decided to be very frank about what it’s about - drinking like a fish just to cope. It touches on how destructive coping mechanisms are often a cry for help.” She adds, “There’s a way to deal with the hand you’ve been dealt with, - but losing yourself along the way is not it. It’s okay to feel. It’s okay to show emotion. There’s no need to put on a brave face just because you’re human.”
Listen to November here
Available now on all digital platforms. 


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

RYTE Announce New Album Details and Exclusive Song Premiere Of SHAKING PYRAMID


Release date: January 17th 2020. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

RYTE – S/T – Tracklisting

Raging Mammoth
Shaking Pyramid    
Monolith
Invaders

The Lowdown

Ryte’s debut album is basically the result of an intense one-and-a-half-year writing process (late 2016 - early 2018), which was definitely fueled by a very creative and communal spirit within the band. The album consists of four long tracks which were constructed and developed carefully over time. The flow came totally natural as every member participated equally and contributed their very own personal abilities. The album definitely pushes the boundaries of Psych rock as it is influenced by countless styles of music including Doom, Prog Rock, Jazz and even World Music.

The sound is dominated by down-tuned, sometimes doomy, sometimes epic twin guitars, dynamic and jazzy drums, distorted, playful basslines and spacey Theremin landscapes. Even though vocals are rare they do exist and are done either by Lukas or Arik, while the lyrics refer to freaked-out sci-fi stuff. Production-wise Hannes himself took over the project and recorded the LP at his own rehearsal space. Michael Piller did the mixing and none other than the underground producer-legend Tim Green mastered the album at Louder Studios in California. Convince yourself and give it a listen! Out in January 2020 on Heavy Psych Sounds!

To get you into the mood for the awesome upcoming new album. You can listen to this exclusive song premiere of SHAKING PYRAMID


The band have stated the following about the song - "With "Shaking Pyramid“, being the longest composition on the album, we tried to catch a certain doomy atmosphere of the present, interdimensionally connected to the past and future. With almost no lyrics the track tells the story of ancient structures, evoked by alien craftsmanship."

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for all of the details. RYTE debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from Heavy Psych Sounds from January 17th 2020..

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DENIZEN - High Winds Preacher (Album Review) and Exclusive Album Stream


Release date: November 29th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

High Winds Preacher – Tracklisting

1.Shadow Dancer 03:33
2.Among The Trees 04:54
3.Ears Wide Opened
4.Chasing The Guru
5.The Beast
6.Mandrake Is Everywhere
7.White Flamingo
8.Deaf Taint
9.Punch Out
10.Tomahawk

Members

Fabien Aletto : Vocals
Yann Chinette : Guitars
Andreas Goumy : Drums
Colin Trognée : Bass

Review


High Winds Preacher is the new album from French Stoner Rockers – Denizen – and it’s a gloriously heavy affair which doesn’t take itself too seriously with the different strands of Stoner Rock the band employ throughout the album. Denizen take the standard Kyuss and Fu Manchu style of Stoner grooves and put their own creative spin on things.

Denizen have been going as a band for over quite a while now and they’ve released a wide range different releases over the years that all play to their creative strengths and High Winds Preacher is no different. The band add a clever style of distorted Fuzz Rock on this album with the opening songs Shadow Dancer and Among The Trees showing two different sides to the band. Shadow Dancer has a more playful energy and intense blend of Stoner/Fuzz Rock whilst Among The Trees feels more restrained but with a lot more going on in the background.

The vocals are quite different on this album as they feel more experimental and you should expect to hear different styles of vocals on this album. Though it won’t spoil your overall enjoyment album. Far from it. As it makes the album to have a unique personality of its own.

The album becomes more focused when the third and fourth songs of the album appear with Ears Wide Opened and Chasing The Guru sees Denizen playing a classic style of Desert/Fuzz/Stoner Rock with Psychedelic vibes ruling the roost. The album still allows Denizen to experiment with their sound for a wilder style of music that we haven’t heard from the band before.

Other songs to check out are: The Beast, Mandrake Is Everywhere, White Flamingo and Tomahawk – being the songs with the heaviest and exciting riffs on the album. Tomahawk is perhaps the standout song with the band having more time to fully explore and create more vivid sounding Stoner riffs.

High Winds Preacher does sound and feel like a concept album of sorts with a loose story being told throughout the album. It may take a few listens for the overall themes of the album to fully shine through but as a Stoner Rock album, Denizen have released another wild and highly adventurous slice of Stoner Rock/Metal that will no doubt impress their established fanbase and maybe gain some new fans along the way.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


You can hear to the album this full with this exclusive album stream. Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for all of the details.

High Winds Preacher will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from Argonauta Records on Friday 29th November.


  
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Monday, 25 November 2019

STONUS - Sweetspot (Single Review)


Release date: November 25th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Sweetspot – Tracklisting

Sweetspot

Members

Kerry
Nicky Ray
Apeitos
Pavlis
Kotsios

Review

Sweetspot is the new single from Psychedelic Stoner Rockers – Stonus – and it’s a heavy blast of old-school Psychedelic Desert/Stoner Rock with flashes of Alternative Rock and Doom based grooves allowing the band to have a heavier sound than you would expect.

The band are releasing their new album later this year but this song won’t be on this album. However, it’s a good indication on what to expect from the new album. Sweetspot does have an a raw sounding appeal to it but it’s heavy from the start and allows the band to play a more powerful style of Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal.

The band have stated the following about the song - “The new single "Sweetspot" is a 5:44 minute fully analogue track from the Cypriot Heavy rockers Stonus, recorded mixed and mastered at WRECK It SOUND Studios in Corinth, Greece under the supervision of the one and only George Leodis!🤘

Its a hot and teasing new single filled with raw energy and dirty riffs perfectly accompanied by the superb art of Renay Roussou 👌. "Sweetspot" is a representation of young fearless love, experimentation and anger...”

My advice is to get with the program and check out this cool song now. You won’t be sorry.

Words by Steve Howe

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Sunday, 24 November 2019

Hazemaze - Hymns Of The Damned (Album Review)


Release date: November 23rd 2019. Label: Ripple Music (CD) / Cursed Tongue Records (Vinyl). Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Hymns Of The Damned – Tracklisting

1.Shadow in the Night 06:36
2.Morbid Lust 05:19
3.Thrill Seeker 05:24
4.Lobotomy 05:56
5.Solicitor of Evil 06:56
6.Green River 03:33
7.Reverend Death 03:47
8.Forever Trapped in Hell 04:11

Members

Ludvig Andersson (Guitar/Vocals)
Nils Ein (Drums)
Estefan Carrillo (Bass)

Review

Hymns Of The Damned is the new album Swedish Fuzz/Doom/Stoner Rockers and it sees the band continue their Heavy Rock/Metal journey inspired by the classic 70s Hard Rock sound. The album is quite a confident affair with the band playing addictive grooves that feel influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath and Uncle Acid but with a more addictive Fuzz/Stoner Rock sound.

Opening song – Shadow In The Night – dives head on into the Doom Metal sound with heavy grooves aligning themselves to a more threatening Stoner/Fuzz based approach. The vocals are loud, brash and full-on from the start but the music is where the magic happens with this highly talented Power-Trio proving they can play some epic riffs of their own. The band do play some finely tuned psychedelic guitar solos along the way which is quite refreshing to hear.

Second song – Morbid Lust – as you can tell from the song title carries on with the almost Occult/Doom Metal approach with a heavy bass riff opening the song before the heavy gloomy guitars take centre-stage and drive the action to the very end. The vocals are definitely inspired by 70s Classic Doom Rock/Metal with the lyrics having quite an Occult feel to them. The music can be too theatrical and classed too “Retro” at times but there is an addictive charm to it all.

Third song – Thrill Seeker – has a more “Garage Rock” feel to it with the vintage production that is contained on the song. This isn’t as polished as the opening two songs but is the most intriguing. As the band feel truly alive on this song despite the raw sound and manic energy of it all. This feels like Hazemaze have stripped everything back for a true sounding 70s Doom/Stoner Rock offering and it ends up being perhaps the best song on the entire album.

Hazemaze follow the same path for the rest of the album with the band further exploring their strangely wonderful Doom/Fuzz/Stoner Metal hybrid sound with a few dangerous Psychedelic twists and turns along the way. Songs such as Lobotomy, Solicitor Of Evil and Reverend Death sees Hazemaze selling their creative souls to SATAN himself with some epic riffs being played just for the sheer FUN of it all.

The production is handled superbly well. As it sees the band play a fine balance between 70s Doom Metal and even modern sounding Fuzz/Stoner Metal atmospherics.

If you’re looking for old-school Doom Metal thrills and spills but with a more modern approach then you should give Hymns Of The Damned a spin. As it’s quite an exciting and action-packed listen that even LUCIFER himself would approve of.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Hymns Of The Damned is available to buy now via the following labels and formats:


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