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October 19, 2019, 11:06 am

 

RECONCILE THE ANTINOMY

Band:WELLS VALLEY
Album:RECONCILE THE ANTINOMY
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:SLUDGE/DOOM/AVANT-GARDE

Wells Valley is a Portuguese Blackened Avant-Garde Metal trio from Lisbon, formed in 2011. the bands lyrical concept deals with cosmology, hermeticism and theology. Through the years the band have played numerous shows, sharing stages with several bands such as Jucifer, Bolzer, Mantar, Weedeater, and are now ready with their new album Reconcile The Antinomy 6 tracks of relentless neck breaking avantgarde post sludge Metal.

 

 

THRICE AS STRONG

Band:OGRE
Album:THRICE AS STRONG
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:DOOM METAL/PROTO METAL

Potent, classic doom metal from the northeastern corner of the United States! On Thrice as Strong, Portland, Maine trio Ogre deliver a time-honored display of old-school doom with '70s rock elements that scale epic heights and heavy lows. Tucked away in the most northeastern part of the United States in Maine, the members of Ogre have taken on the resilient nature of the place they call home. Upon their 1999 formation, the trio of Ed Cunningham (bass/vocals), Ross Markonish (guitar) and Will Broadbent (drums) penned “Age of Ice,” a rallying cry and anthem reflective of Maine life. The song exemplifies the Ogre live experience — their shows often require attendees to trudge through piles of snow just to get there — conjuring up a unifying spirit when the first doom-edged guitar chords are hit. The band’s embrace of all things Maine has carried them through their existence, all the while helping them forge a path as a doom outfit unwilling to bend to convention. It shines through on their fifth full-length and first for Cruz Del Sur Music, Thrice as Strong. Tracked with Rowan Bishop at Garage Mahal Recording in Westbrook, Maine, Thrice as Strong is a collection of time-honored doom mixed with classic metal, roping in obscure ’70s rock to top it all off. The Thrice as Strong album title comes from their namesake song “Ogre,” which is found on their Dawn of the Proto-Man debut. Given that the song is written about the last living Neanderthal, Broadbent zeroed in on the line “thrice as strong” and proposed it as the title as a summation of the way Ogre has endured for the past 20 years. Furthermore, it hits upon the fact that, according to Markonish, “if it’s not a trio, then it’s not Ogre at all!” Aside from their tribute to Maine’s own Stephen King on “King of the Wood,” Thrice as Strong follows the main lyrical theme of how those in power tend to abuse it, often with negative consequences. With lyrics penned largely by Cunningham, songs such as “The Future” takes a look at the lies we are told as children and how, when the future becomes the present, things aren’t exactly what they seemed. “Judgement Day” tackles the oftentimes shady relationship between religion and power, while “Hive Mind” explores the overriding effect technology has on our brains. And “Cyber-Czar” brings back a recurring motif in the Ogre pantheon — a cyborg running amok — for a summary of the album’s themes. Complete with hand-painted cover art courtesy of Broadbent, Thrice as Strong is as captivating of a doom package as you’ll find this year. The undeniable chemistry within the Ogre ranks — the result of years of slugging it out in the clubs and rehearsal room — provides the band with a unique edge, intrinsic not only to “The Pine Tree State,” but the doom scene at large.

 

 

THRICE AS STRONG

Band:OGRE
Album:THRICE AS STRONG
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:DOOM METAL/PROTO METAL

Potent, classic doom metal from the northeastern corner of the United States! On Thrice as Strong, Portland, Maine trio Ogre deliver a time-honored display of old-school doom with '70s rock elements that scale epic heights and heavy lows. Tucked away in the most northeastern part of the United States in Maine, the members of Ogre have taken on the resilient nature of the place they call home. Upon their 1999 formation, the trio of Ed Cunningham (bass/vocals), Ross Markonish (guitar) and Will Broadbent (drums) penned “Age of Ice,” a rallying cry and anthem reflective of Maine life. The song exemplifies the Ogre live experience — their shows often require attendees to trudge through piles of snow just to get there — conjuring up a unifying spirit when the first doom-edged guitar chords are hit. The band’s embrace of all things Maine has carried them through their existence, all the while helping them forge a path as a doom outfit unwilling to bend to convention. It shines through on their fifth full-length and first for Cruz Del Sur Music, Thrice as Strong. Tracked with Rowan Bishop at Garage Mahal Recording in Westbrook, Maine, Thrice as Strong is a collection of time-honored doom mixed with classic metal, roping in obscure ’70s rock to top it all off. The Thrice as Strong album title comes from their namesake song “Ogre,” which is found on their Dawn of the Proto-Man debut. Given that the song is written about the last living Neanderthal, Broadbent zeroed in on the line “thrice as strong” and proposed it as the title as a summation of the way Ogre has endured for the past 20 years. Furthermore, it hits upon the fact that, according to Markonish, “if it’s not a trio, then it’s not Ogre at all!” Aside from their tribute to Maine’s own Stephen King on “King of the Wood,” Thrice as Strong follows the main lyrical theme of how those in power tend to abuse it, often with negative consequences. With lyrics penned largely by Cunningham, songs such as “The Future” takes a look at the lies we are told as children and how, when the future becomes the present, things aren’t exactly what they seemed. “Judgement Day” tackles the oftentimes shady relationship between religion and power, while “Hive Mind” explores the overriding effect technology has on our brains. And “Cyber-Czar” brings back a recurring motif in the Ogre pantheon — a cyborg running amok — for a summary of the album’s themes. Complete with hand-painted cover art courtesy of Broadbent, Thrice as Strong is as captivating of a doom package as you’ll find this year. The undeniable chemistry within the Ogre ranks — the result of years of slugging it out in the clubs and rehearsal room — provides the band with a unique edge, intrinsic not only to “The Pine Tree State,” but the doom scene at large.

 

 

RUINS OF ETERNITY

Band:ORODRUIN
Album:RUINS OF ETERNITY
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:DOOM METAL

The wait is finally over! American doom legends Orodruin return with their first studio album in 16 years, the masterful Ruins of Eternity. One of the most highly-regarded names in American doom metal picks up where they left off from their classic Epicurean Mass debut with Ruins of Eternity, an epic showing time-honored and epic doom! Sixteen years have passed since Orodruin’s lone studio album, Epicurean Mass. The album is a veritable American doom touchstone — the almost perfect intersection of Black Sabbath heft and the slow atmospheric churn of Saint Vitus. And while those two bands are a proper frame of reference for Orodruin and the American doom scene at large, the Rochester, New York-based outfit immediately proved itself to be its own unique, formidable entity, the creative unit of John Gallo (guitar), Mike Puleo (bass/vocals), Nick Tydelski (guitar) and Mike Waske (drums) writing an album equally as epic as it was forlorn. Such an elongated span of time between releases often condemns lesser bands to the memory bank gallows, never to be seen or heard from again. Yet, the Orodruin name has only grown in stature since the release of Epicurean Mass, with the doom scene at large pining for new music from the band as they remained active on the live front. The wait is finally over — Orodruin has returned with a brand-new studio album and their first for Cruz Del Sur Music, Ruins of Eternity. Tracked throughout 2018 at Wicked Squid Studio, Ruins of Eternity is the result of a two-year songwriting burst from the band, who are now a trio after the departure of Waske. (Puleo pulled double-duty on the album and handled the drums.) Exploring lyrical themes of “loss, departure and rebirth,” Ruins of Eternity finds Orodruin already in full doom-stride, employing their trademark heavy riffing, guitar harmony interplay and the emotive vocals of Puleo, who turns in an impassioned performance on the title track, as well as “Into the Light of the Sun” and “Hell Frozen Over.” The band even reached back into their song archives for “Letter of Life’s Regret,” which was written in 2005 and deemed too good not to include on Ruins of Eternity.

 

 

RUINS OF ETERNITY

Band:ORODRUIN
Album:RUINS OF ETERNITY
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:DOOM METAL

The wait is finally over! American doom legends Orodruin return with their first studio album in 16 years, the masterful Ruins of Eternity. One of the most highly-regarded names in American doom metal picks up where they left off from their classic Epicurean Mass debut with Ruins of Eternity, an epic showing time-honored and epic doom! Sixteen years have passed since Orodruin’s lone studio album, Epicurean Mass. The album is a veritable American doom touchstone — the almost perfect intersection of Black Sabbath heft and the slow atmospheric churn of Saint Vitus. And while those two bands are a proper frame of reference for Orodruin and the American doom scene at large, the Rochester, New York-based outfit immediately proved itself to be its own unique, formidable entity, the creative unit of John Gallo (guitar), Mike Puleo (bass/vocals), Nick Tydelski (guitar) and Mike Waske (drums) writing an album equally as epic as it was forlorn. Such an elongated span of time between releases often condemns lesser bands to the memory bank gallows, never to be seen or heard from again. Yet, the Orodruin name has only grown in stature since the release of Epicurean Mass, with the doom scene at large pining for new music from the band as they remained active on the live front. The wait is finally over — Orodruin has returned with a brand-new studio album and their first for Cruz Del Sur Music, Ruins of Eternity. Tracked throughout 2018 at Wicked Squid Studio, Ruins of Eternity is the result of a two-year songwriting burst from the band, who are now a trio after the departure of Waske. (Puleo pulled double-duty on the album and handled the drums.) Exploring lyrical themes of “loss, departure and rebirth,” Ruins of Eternity finds Orodruin already in full doom-stride, employing their trademark heavy riffing, guitar harmony interplay and the emotive vocals of Puleo, who turns in an impassioned performance on the title track, as well as “Into the Light of the Sun” and “Hell Frozen Over.” The band even reached back into their song archives for “Letter of Life’s Regret,” which was written in 2005 and deemed too good not to include on Ruins of Eternity.

 

 

RAVENOUS COMPULSION

Band:EVOKED
Album:RAVENOUS COMPULSION
Label:FDA RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Hailing from East Westphalia, Germany, Evoked first reared their ugly heads in 2013 from a spread of rank riffs songwriter Bonesaw had been carrying around for some time to follow traditional paths in two respects – making their name known with a modest yet lauded demo which, quite fittingly, spread undiluted death the old (and only) way. Without missing a beat, the still shifting but – thanks to the front man’s uncompromising lead and vision – dedicated line‐up churned out two additional short formats that proved Evoked’s superiority over oh‐so‐many parvenus who make do with emulating their heroes instead of writing substantial songs. Therefore, signing to F.D.A. in 2016 was a no‐brainer. Now after three years of careful writing and with multiple gigs alongside underground heavy‐weights such as Root or Sulphur Aeon under their collective belt, the trio is set to leave its first long‐play mark – although “Ravenous Compulsion” needs only slightly more than half an hour to give you a classic lesson you’ll love to put on repeat.

 

 

DEATH'S THRESHOLD

Band:SHADES OF DEEP WATER
Album:DEATH'S THRESHOLD
Label:DUNKELHEIT
Format:CD
Genre:DOOM METAL/DEATH METAL

A cult fixture in the funeral doom scene, SHADES OF DEEP WATER began its exploration of the abyss in 2006. The sole creation of one J.H., the band's ascent/descent has been as steady as his music is slow. From 2007 to 2009, three demos were released in succession and then the Constant Pressure EP in 2012, all before the debut album, Waterways, in 2013. Aptly titled, Waterways suggested the aquatic, abyssal themes SHADES OF DEEP WATER would henceforth explore. From there, J.H. hit a creative streak, with two more EPs following as well as two compilations, such was the demand for his music among ultra-doom afficionados. Now, at long last, arrives SHADES OF DEEP WATER's magnum opus, Death's Threshold. Likewise aptly titled, Death's Threshold is a veritable exploration (and celebration) of his native Finland's rich history in funeral doom and doom-death. Comprising four utterly epic, stretched-across-the-abyss tracks in a vast-yet-focused 41 minutes, here do SHADES OF DEEP WATER drown the listener in physically/spiritually crushing atmosphere, dragging that listener down/down/DOWN under, far below the depths and never to return; the effect is hauntingly hypnotic, and almost comfortingly so. But, as this is strictly (and unapologetically) within the funeral doom pantheon, rest assured that there is no light, no hope, wherever the album roams.

 

 

POISONER OF THE NEW BLACK AGE

Band:DEMONOMANCER
Album:POISONER OF THE NEW BLACK AGE
Label:DUNKELHEIT
Format:CD
Genre:DEATH METAL/WARNOISE

A compilation of all demos which were released from 2012-2016 of the central-american warnoise command DEMONOMANCER. Bestial Warnoise from El Salvador! Demonomancer's „Poisoner Of The New Black Age“ documents the entire discography of this Salvadorian one-man-band, as Julio Ardon performs all instruments in devotion to Satan. It is a testimony of sheer audio terror, consisting of 22 songs that attack on all fronts, a proof of the authenticity of its sound. This archive reeks of the darkest desires, sleaze, perversion & filth, as if an unbridled, grinding hybrid ala Beherit, Nyogthaeblisz, Conqueror & Luciation came to life, yet still with a distinct identity, an unheard beast of its own. Sometimes it becomes unclear if this is Black Metal, Noise, or both, as the constant frantic disharmonies melt with blastbeats and offer something closer to gunfire than proper music. No nice melodies or harmonies to be found here, just pure audio distortion & ear torture - a crime put on black wax and silver disc. Demonomancer is only : J. Ardon, All instruments and Satan, Photo by Rebeca B. A., Artwork by CHAOS VULTURE ARTWORKS, Design by Mors. Mastering by Moises Dextre at El Sótano Studio, Lima (Peru), 2018. All Recordings in this Compilation were from 2012-2016. Executive Production by Dunkelheit Produktionen, 2018/2019.

 

 

SOLICITER

Band:SOLICITOR
Album:SOLICITER
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:MLP
Genre:SPEED METAL

Reissue of the band's debut self-titled EP, a blinding combo of feisty speed metal with old-school metal brashness! One of the newest editions to the Gates of Hell roster, this reissue of Solicitor's thrashy and storming self-titled debut 2019 EP sets the stage for their impending first full-length, due for release in 2020. Formed in 2018 after the split of Seattle bands SUBSTRATUM and HEXENGEIST, SÖLICITÖR plays a brand of breakneck thrash carried through by the banshee vocals of Amy Lee Carlson. Because of Carlson’s presence and the band’s seamless blend of power, speed and thrash metal, SÖLICITÖR will immediately appeal to fans of CHASTAIN, LIEGE LORD, MERCYFUL FATE, EXCITER and “Painkiller”-era JUDAS PRIEST.

 

 

THE GOD OF FLESH

Band:CREST OF DARKNESS
Album:THE GOD OF FLESH
Label:MY KINGDOM MUSIC
Format:CDD
Genre:EVIL BLACK METAL

The band was conceived in the mid-nineties when Ingar Amlien’s former band Conception was still at its peak. During the early years COD release 4 albums (“Quench My Thirst”, “Sinister Scenario”, “The Ogress”, “Project Regeneration”) breaking the borders between Black, Gothic and Death Metal. In 2003 they ink a deal with My Kingdom Music and release “Evil Knows Evil”, followed by the consecration in 2007 with “Give Us The Power To Do Your Evil”. After this, a new masterpiece of extreme Black Metal was created: it’s “In The Presence Of Death”. On February 2013 they release the album that was promoted with an European tour with Shining (SE). After this C.o.D. records a little jewel called “Evil Messiah” released on February 2015 that permitted the band to tour with MARDUK. The year 2016 is the anniversary that celebrates 20 years from the first C.o.D. release. It’s the time for “Welcome The Dead” with which the band shows their dark world. The next two years are for the live with a tour with HORNA in Europe and a minitour in Italy. The year 2019 will be signed by a new great album: “The God Of Flesh”. With it the band expresses the heaviest and most personal album of their career. My Kingdom Music releases it on October 25th and will be again at band’s side capturing the essence of their work pushing Crest Of Darkness to new levels.

 

 


 
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