Swine Overlord’s debut album “Parables of Umbral Transcendence” is within the vein of Malodorous, Infant Annihilator and Splattered Entrails. Just that nasty brutal death metal that sounded like it was recorded in a buddies bedroom. Nasty production but it adds to the overall effect of the disgusting and sinister vibe these guys put out. Filled with drum groove, slam riffs and gutturals that would melt the face off of your dear ol grandma. 4 out of 5
Father Murphy – “Pain Is On Our Side Now”. I wasn’t sure if I was going to review this or not, the description is confusing, the music is weird and I believe this belongs in /r/awkwardboner. I’ll label this as drone though and tell you that this is a must listen. It’s very experimental, very random and very off putting. A weird & terrifyingly unique experience. 3.5 out of 5
Earth announces a Midwestern US tour and they plan on bringing their brand of slow monolithic drone to a few festivals as well. They will be hitting the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN on March 29th and 30th and then the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on April 2nd.
Coming very soon to Relapse Records is the doom anthem of 2014. Culted returns with a depressing, dark, bleak, black, cimmerian, cold, desolate, dismal, dreary, wretched, gloomy, melancholic and miserable album called Oblique to All Paths. I think you get the picture…
Agarttha…if ambient doom wasn’t a thing yet…it is now. Written entirely by one woman, Francesca Marongiu, she breaks down barriers and creates her own blend of music. A new genre…well something almost entirely new. Agarttha will move your soul if you give it a chance, and boy should you give it a chance.
AUN, a unique styled ambient drone project has put out a new album called “Alpha Heaven”. While it’s not genre bending or overly bursting with originality, the album is done carefully well. The layers of sound makes me feel calm and it’s relaxing. This is a spa for the soul.
No Paris is as drone as they come. Usually I enjoy this genre and want it typically layered with more than just noise but No Paris takes the minimalist approach. Barely adding anything besides the one “instrument”, the music is bleak and soulless. Some of my favorite drone albums are typically emotional and it usually hits you hard with things that make you think but No Paris’ latest album is just dull.
Kwaidan’s style of music is very much everything you’d expect from a drone band. Being very vague, distant and layered with randomness, Kwaidan does what your favorite bands can do and adds a little sense of self to it all. Not innovating this genre by any means, but making it slightly different and very much enjoyable.