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.
New year, new reviews of intimidatingly long, unbearably anguished doom records. Endless Floods, of Bordeuax, France, slow down and stretch out their songs to the point their heaviness almost becomes ambience. They’re one of the most interesting bands operating in the genre at the moment and despite utilising familiar tools and riffs their latest is something pretty unique.
I contributed reviews of Mizmor and Spirit Adrift’s latest efforts to this round up. There’s plenty worth hearing in this little lot.
Following on from 2015’s intriguing Volumes Headless Kross release the first of a planned trilogy of records. Review over at Echoes & Dust.
It’s been a bit quiet on here of late. Apparently buying and moving into a house is quite time consuming and stressful. Who knew? I feel bad for leaving Kenzo Kelly’s Heroes in limbo for so long, but what can I do? Not spend my scraps of free time putting 30-odd hours into Dark Souls 3? I don’t think that was ever an option.
I’ve had little time to invest in flinging words at music either. But I made some time to attempt to describe the 40 minute nightmare dirge that is Khünnt’s Failures. It’s quite the experience – I don’t think I did it justice. I’m just not good enough at this writing business to make reading my prose feel like being abducted and tortured by some surrealist distortion-wielding terror cell.
Review over at Echoes & Dust.