The massive weight of death has never felt so real before. Eye of Solitude presents the soundtrack of your demise, your decent….your forever drifting into the void of nothingness. The sadness is overwhelming. The music triggering everything that could possibly be negative. The vocals of sheer terror and agony rip through your soul as they blast through the speakers. Is this music? Is this death?
If there was ever a band who took the name of a genre and grasped it and made it their own, it may just be this band. Sea of Bones takes everything monstrous, menacing, scary, heavy and depressing about the doom genre and they tossed it in the blender and came up with The Earth Wants Us Dead. Another fulfilling doom release of 2013.
When it comes to metal from Portland, it seems like they know how to either create awesome black metal or awesome doom metal. Well atleast the stuff I care about, I’m sure the music scene in Portland is vast and deals with more then I care to discuss right now. My point here is that Lumbar is from there and they bring the friggin doom. Sweet, scary doom. The First and Last Days of Unwelcome is one of those last minute 2014 albums that has me swooned and enjoying most of what I’m hearing.
Coming straight from the Brooklyn is the experimental punk hardcore angry band called Meek is Murder. These guys are pretty well known throughout the community with their grind and metal moments. The guitars are loud, the vocals are more than angry, the bass is crunchy and powerful and the drumming is hectic and precise. These butchers know how to slice it just right as Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters is a heavy hitting album.
If you’re in the mood to be blown away by just hearing some finely written music in the vein of amazing post rock and emotionally beautiful ambient, then Russian Circles’ new album is just what you need. If you liked or loved their past albums, then this album will not let you down as Memorial is another journey of exquisite guitar playing, bass playing and drum work.
13 quick reviews. Knocking out the rest of the bunch before the end of the year.
Ereb Altor gives us the most unique “viking metal” sound I’ve ever heard. It’s doom, it’s black, it’s viking folk, it’s pagan, it’s catchy and it’s hauntingly brilliant. There is so much going on here, you have to listen to it over and over again to make sure you caught everything. Even when you manage to understand the genius and creativity, you’ll appreciate the clever way this band wrote this album without falling into generic trends and eye rolling melodic writing. This is unique and Fire Meets Ice is a masterpiece.