Gravel throated sewer blues pirates EYEHATEGOD have announced a string of dates (for after their Clutch tour) with an array of co-conspirators. The tour will be including Bat, Come To Grief, (who just announced their debut album) , Escuela Grind and Snafu. This will, to put it simply, ensure a killer combo no matter which date(s) you attend. Having recently seen Escuela Grind demolish a small crowd in Poughkeepsie, I can say that this is gonna certainly rule.
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Good news for fans of shit that doesn’t suck happening:
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of New Jersey based post-sludge-metal band SUNROT. To mark the occasion, SUNROT have released a brand new single, available exclusively via Bandcamp, titled 21%. The single has an accompanying noise track as a B-side, which was created in collaboration with ErosLovesYou. Work is underway for a full length album which will be released under the Prosthetic banner in due course.
The track features clean vocals – a first for SUNROT – and represents the closure of one chapter of the band and the start of a new one. Vocalist Lex Santiago comments:
“21% was written a few years ago and has been played live – but we never got around to recording as it’s a bit experimental for us – and never saw it fitting on a previous release. We definitely tapped into some softer textures and tones and got vulnerable with it and it’s refreshing to us to try new stuff while still keeping true to ourselves
“The song uses the story of Icarus as a metaphor for a bipolar cycle of depression, mania, and psychosis. The depression being banishment to the labyrinth, the mania being flying through the sky with wax and feather wings, and the psychosis being the moment he flew too close to the sun and burned up the wings and fell. I experienced this cycle myself in 2018, including hospitalisations which left me feeling like I was never going to be able to get out of institutions and the cycle of pain and terror I was in. It was a long road out of that and this song was really healing to finally put the words to it.
“We really are just a bunch of goofballs with big hearts, that’s why we wanted to release it on Valentine’s Day! Let’s be honest, it’s a day that sucks for most of us so we wanted to remind anyone listening that we love you and will be your Valentine this year if you don’t have one.”
The digital single will be released on other digital platforms at a later date, joining the rest of the SUNROT discography, which includes the 2017 album Sunnata, which has been on heavy rotation at Prosthetic Records HQ.
Prosthetic’s Becky Laverty said: “We’ve been fans of Sunrot for a few years now, and when our paths crossed we started to discuss the possibility of working together. Their blend of sludge, noise and post metal coupled with their enthusiasm and passion for creativity makes them a really special band.”
Lex adds: “We are so excited to be working with Prosthetic and to be on their roster of fantastic bands and among great friends! We’ve had so many great folks give us amazing opportunities to get us to this point, and signing with a label who believes in us and the art we make feels great! Thank you Becky, Steve, EJ, and the rest of the Prosthetic team for welcoming us aboard!
Stay tuned for more SUNROT news in the coming months.
Christopher Eustaquio (he/him) – guitar
Rob Gonzalez (he/him) – guitar
Lex Santiago (hey/they) – vocals & noise
Alex Dobrowolski (they/them) – drums
Ross Bradley (he/him) – bass
CULT OF LUNA have announced their new full-length album, The Long Road North, set for release on February 11th, 2022 on Metal Blade Records. The album marks as a follow-up to this years The Raging River EP, and prove that for over two decades, CULT OF LUNA have forged a sound that has grown incomparable to others – ambitious, epic, visceral, and drenched in emotion.
Pre-orders will begin on December 1st, 2021 at: metalblade.com/cultofluna
“The long road north is a long road home. A direction dictated by a call that penetrates rock and echoes through the forest,” states vocalist/guitarist Johannes Persson. “It flows over every lake, accelerated by the wind. When it reaches you, you know it’s time. Time to move forward. You don’t know where it will lead but you put the trust in it. With eyes raised towards the midnight sun it pulls you closer. The road is long and the end is uncertain.”Add to My Radar
San Fran Freedoomers ACID KING posted earlier this week that they are in top fighting form and gearing up for their next offering of highest quality doom. We can’t wait!
Super Freaking Psyched to have @jasonmwiller (Charger, Jello Biafra and GSM) join the acid king party to play drums on the new release for #postwax @blues.funeral . This is a unique and crushing line up with Jason Landrian (Black Cobra) guitar and Bryce Shelton (Badr Vogu, Hawkwind ) Bass. The songs will tell the story of our journey in the last 2 years . #acidking #stonerrock #stonerdoom #heavypsych #synthdoom @marshallamps_uk @ampeg @gibsonguitar @wolfbat @dustbowlbrewingco #newrecord #psyched #pandoomicAdd to My Radar
Finnish death doom pioneers SWALLOW THE SUN release their newest single “Enemy”, taken off their upcoming album Moonflowers, which will be released worldwide on November 19th via Century Media Records. Compared to the dark and mournful “Woven Into Sorrow”, their latest single release, “Enemy”, presents the heavier and more dramatic side of the album without seeming less sad and gloomy. Watch the video, which was produced by Dronicon Films, below.
Moonflowers will be available as Ltd. Deluxe sky blue 3LP+2CD & Art Print Box Set, Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold black 2LP+CD and digital album (incl. Bonus album) and can be pre-ordered HERE.Add to My Radar
Been nice to see more people giving props to Tony Martin-era Sabbath lately, which has many hidden gems to choose from. Hierarchy crushed “Headless Cross” in late 2020 and added extreme metal elements, and now we also get this stunning Sorcerer take on “When Death Calls” just shy of a year later.
According to Sorcerer guitarist Peter Hallgren, “Black Sabbath is an endless source of inspiration for writing good music in whatever style of hard rock and metal.” Additionally, singer Anders Engberg says: “You can hear it in the early Sorcerer songs, that we are a lot about Black Sabbath. Maybe we tend to mix in the more melodic parts – more like the Dio and Tony Martin era albums – in the music we make today. For me ‘When Death Calls’ is one of the strongest songs I think they have written. A really doomy song, which in my opinion sounds a lot like the music we create in Sorcerer. After having a blast recording ‘Gates of Babylon’, we decided to give covering another spin. ‘When Death Calls’ was unanimously chosen as the track to go for!”
Sadly, Brian May does not cameo. Nonetheless, it still rules.
Sorcerer’s “When Death Calls” is now streaming on all digital platforms: metalblade.com/sorcerer
Anders Engberg: Vocals
Kristian Niemann: Guitar
Peter Hallgren: Guitar
Justin Biggs: Bass
Richard Evensand: Drums
Co-production, Keyboards: Conny Welén
Mixing and Mastering: Ronny Björnström
Cover art: Jani Stefanovic
Norwegian doom metal pioneers FUNERAL will be releasing their newest full-length, Praesentialis in Aeternum, on December 10, 2021 via Season of Mist!
The band is now sharing the massive and darkly melodic first single, “Ånd,” which features guest vocals from Lars Are Nedland (SOLEFALD/BORKNAGAR), along with an official music video that was created entirely by the band!
Doomsters Monolord have announced an extensive US tour for 2022! The band have a new album on the horizon you can pre order now, Your Time To Shine. Def looking forward to more big, melodic glory doom on this one. Check out “The Weary”, which is astounding and not wearisome, below.
“It’s finally happening! We’re coming back to the US and this time we are bringing our good friends in FIREBREATHER. Can’t wait to meet you all again.”
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Eric grew from an aspiring lyric writer and novice singer to become a serious lyricist and kind of poet. When the band hit its peak, Eric had fully realized his potential as a singer and lyricist. This helped to catapult Trouble to new heights and made forever fans out of thousands of you. Eric was what musicians call a “lifer”. He made music his life’s mission. He was always working on the next thing and God knows he wasn’t doing it for the money
I saw Lee Dorian and Orange Goblin posting RIP messages about Eric Wagner and then saw confirmed on Blabbermouth, so it sure seems like the worst news is true. Eric Wagner, high priest of “white metal” doom (for spirituality, not race), has left us after a battle with Covid.
The Skull recently dropped off its tour with The Obsessed, citing “the ongoing and growing COVID situation sweeping the nation again, particularly in the South.” The band said that it would “reschedule as much as we can and tour again properly when things calm down.”
Please everyone be as safe out there as possible. I know it is delusional to think everyone will choose to do the same thing, so we have to communicate to one another and not create even bigger, horrible rifts in society. Whatever your beliefs on vaccination or faith or not, please bare minimum mask and be cautious. It is the tiniest thing SOME of us can agree on, so let’s please do that. We need more love to get through this horrible time or we will push ourselves even further apart. We need solutions that can work for all of society to function, so please everyone focus on that and stop downplaying Covid is even a risk or treating one another as subhuman and shunning anyone who doesn’t agree, cuz that won’t convince anyone of anything.
And also, before you call them the Flu Fighters again maybe think Dave Grohl is being cautious for a reason.
RIP Eric.Add to My Radar
While brains reel from the moronic false equivalency that rappers are “bullied by the Gay community” (according to T.I.), let me just ask if I imagined “No Vaseline” being critically acclaimed for years despite how problematic it always was? Or Army Of The Pharaohs being basically unlistenable to me due to how many times the songs say F++got. If you want to use a genre that is inherently supposed to be anti-bigotry to spew insecure, weak projected cis het toxic masculinity, see a fucking therapist. It’s 2021, enough bullshit.
Underdark finally have released their Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry opus, which felt at times like it would never arrive! Five sturdy tunes from the anti-fascist black metal collective full of atmosphere, dark grace and hope for a better world! What’s not to love? The distortion will knock you backwards and the compositions are very well arranged with never a drop of feeling sacrificed. And they aren’t narcissistic draconian conservative edgelord bootlickers misdirected into thinking they are rebels! Always a plus in black metal! And that cover art is stunning.
By the time you get through the numerous explosive, heart rending moments to the climactic dirge of “Skeleton Queen” your jaw will be on the floor.
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Surviving Sounds (UK): survivingsounds.bandcamp.com
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Also out today of course is the essential new King Woman album Celestial Blues, which I couldn’t possibly gush about more. It is truly a divine day for groundbreaking and imaginative, soul-stirring heavy releases. You can read my review of Celestial Blues right here, five out of five stars. Fucking Hell, I’d give it more if our site module was designed that way, lol. Kris and company deserve all the props in the world for how real they go into places many fear to tread, genuine shadow work shit. The way out is through. Fucking unreal levels of awesome. “Golgotha” and “Morning Star” ALONE as a two song 7″ would already be two of the most memorable songs of any year, compelling vocal layering paired with sophisticated musical choices creating massive results.
These two records are two of my absolutely most stoked for releases for 2021 and I am thrilled they have arrived to make life more bearable, especially after a week where we had so much loss in the metal and rock world. Forward, march.Add to My Radar
Some of the best art comes from outgrowing that which does not serve us, self-empowerment through (not strictly Biblical) transfiguration. Doing the hard work of allowing change. Everyone has light and dark sides and, not always, but in many cases that depends on your vantage point. But sometimes we have to risk it all to grow and thrive.
As far as an example that relates to the new King Woman album, what came to mind first was Margarita (influenced by Faust’s Gretchen) from one of my favorite books. Yes, I mean Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (I have a large rib tat of the evil sarcastic drunken Satanic black cat Behemoth pointing his pistol towards my crotch, hahaha). Anyway, not only did this classic book serve as the impetus for “Sympathy For The Devil” but it featured a skewering of false and vain people, an examination of Christ and Judas as almost co-dependant in how they expose one another’s weak spots, a woman escaping an unhealthy situation and demanding art be deified and a sort of culmination of apotheosis via a Walpurgis Night wild ceremony. While King Woman’s new completely cathartic doom and bloom (over strictly gloom) sophomore album draws more from Paradise Lost influences- the classic of literature, not the metal band- there are some similar touchstones here. Albeit with smoky, jazz alluding shadowy atmosphere paired with heavy metal and brilliant vocal layering.
Created in the Image of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out and I kind of think this one is even better already. Damn, yo.
The title track captivates from the start with a plaintively almost hesitant Kristina Esfandiari speaking the album name over sparse and atmospheric, frail notes. It almost sounds like a statement of intent…celestial blues. To feel the vast cosmos in all sadness and beauty, contradiction and pain. All of the band’s music has felt like both a refuge and semi-addictive but also totally overwhelming at times, and things start right off that way this time as well. Something about the initial energy reminded me fleetingly of PJ Harvey’s “Catherine”, maybe the saddest song and my favorite from the Is This Desire? era and the “I damn to Hell every second you breathe” sparse bluesy vibe.
King Woman (and Jack Shirley) have created a masterful event here. Esfandiari channels characters and bares bones over intense and well composed doomgaze. I have been thinking how it feels more streamlined, but not in a watered down sense. It is like the band have managed to not lose their avant-garde edge while really refining and focusing the material more than ever. There is a hypnotic pull and spellbinding tension to doom songs that other less talented bands would plod on worshipping the riff into bong induced monotony until the horse is beaten dead. While that can be cool sometimes, there is also something powerful in respecting then crescendo and emotional peaks that come with pairing such material with pretty much the best vocalist in several genres at the moment (I have been telling people that about Kris for a few years now and stand by it).
“Psychic Wound” is like a tormented lullaby with the most intense screams yet attached to this project and the catchiest melody and riffing as well to date. It is both sensual and also terrifying, like the paint is gonna peel off the walls and gush blood like Evil Dead 2 at any minute (which the video sort of reflects, haha). It has become one of my top three favorite songs from the group (along with “Deny” and “King Of Swords”, if you were wondering). “Morning Star” is completely amazing with the most intimidating and bad ass video of the year paired with chanting at the end that is pure falling from the heavens payoff and will light the fire in any heavy music fan like a ritual torch. Like the new Amenra record De Doorn, you are experiencing total respect and immersion into the artistic process. A little patience will be rewarded aplenty, such as when the six minute plus “Golgotha” showcases this group’s ability to raptly weave dynamics, storytelling and rhythmic shifts into unconventional storytelling that is like a doorway to another land. “Coil” is another standout track, stacatto percussive hits and hyperventilating ushering in a sort of tribal beat and riff that is almost like King Woman channeling Dead Kennedys and anarcho (post) punk. It is big and droning and exciting.
There is really just no one doing it this good right now and KW continue to top themselves. But isn’t that the point of flying closer to the sun, to dare to dream of bigger possibility? This is the kind of shit that people are going to be able to revisit for years and ultimately that will change (and can even save) lives.
There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of "fuck it/let's really go for it" more than others. NY's Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.