8 comes a couple of years after Ufomammut’s 15th anniversary year – which in band years puts them into pipe and slippers territory. So it has no right to be the ferocious, thrilling mindfuck of a record that it is.
Monarch! have been a slow, lumbering, brutal presence on the doom landscape for a long while now. With Never Forever they’ve become a much more distinct part of it, one that once you’ve cast your eyes over it is hard to look away from.
Big|Brave are one of the most unique and intriguing bands making music with loud guitars in the world today. That’s just an inarguable fact as far as I’m concerned. And with Ardor they’ve taken another step towards greatness.
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.