Ontario doom/sludge/noise mongers Vile Creature are among the most promising acts in the genre at the moment, combining pleasingly think riffery with the kind of ambition and creativity the genre is sorely lacking. Their new record is a sci-fi concept album complete with an accompanying short story, the work of a band aiming for the stars even though their engines aren’t quite up to the task of getting them there just yet.
Over the years I’ve found the best music often comes from the places you least expect it to. Not that you wouldn’t expect good stuff from a collaboration between saxophonist extraordinaire Colin Stetson and Liturgy drum whirlwind Greg Fox. But you might not expect it to be this good – and especially this much fun.
Thrill Jockey’s latest heavy signings – joining the likes of Sumac, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Liturgy and The Body in their growing roster of thinking man’s metal bands – are a doom on the esoteric end of the genre, playing drone-like dirges with brutal intensity.