Posts Tagged ‘Death/Doom’

Mexican melodic death/doom lords Matalobos followed up their debut record ‘Arte Macabro’ with their newest EP, ‘Until TIme Has Lost All Meaning’, released late last year on Concreto Records. I’ve only just come across this release, but I did enjoy their debut, self-titled EP from 2015, and have read a number of good things about this.

Opener ‘Of Ghosts and Yearning’ entices you in with a Latin-flavoured acoustic guitar, then mournful riffs cascade upon you. Matalobos hit all the usual reference points (Thergothon, Swallow the Sun etc) but they execute it really well, and you’d be hard pushed to criticise the naked honesty pushed through each riff and melancholic roar. ‘In Flesh Engraved’ brings in prime Paradise Lost moments too, a grumbling gothic death metal gem. Closing with the soulful ‘La Luz Del Día Muere’, a new avenue for melody opens for the future.

The next step in the growth of Matalobos, ‘Until Time Has Lost All Meaning’ is a powerful yet introspective piece, that relies not just on raw power and heaviness but a measured dose of gloomy melody too. Check it out.

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I reviewed Draghkar’s ‘World Unraveled’ demo last year, (you can read here: https://thoseonceloyal.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/review-draghkar-world-unraveled/) and was pretty impressed by the crush and nastiness on display. Well, these Californians have returned with their latest EP ‘The Endless Howling Abyss’, which by the sounds of it is going to be much more upbeat and positive…

Oh wait, no it is more of the same murky, devastating death metal as the first demo. THANK FUCK! ‘Traversing the Abyss’ crawls forth with deadly intent, exploding into a wonderful slab of pure Autopsy worship as cavernous death growls echo around you.  The rough production really adds to the feeling of death, decay and darkness on display in the malevolent horror of ‘Eternal Disintegration’. The guitar tone has, somehow, sunk even deeper into the abysses of primeval death, and the grinding ‘Fade Into Emptiness’ is one of the heaviest things I’ve heard this year.

‘The Endless Howling Abyss’ could be one of the more aptly titled reocrds this year, because Draghkar have conjured all sorts of madness from the depths. The kind of death metal that reeks of ancient chambers hiding eldritch magicks and terrors, this is four tracks of primordial, nameless doom.

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International death/doom supergroup Towards Atlantis Lights have gifted to us, the miserable and the melancholic, ‘Dust of Aeons’, which is a culmination of death/doom laden hymns to the abyss from years past. Transcending Obscurity is putting this wondrous, beautiful slab of music out there to remind us all that it could and almost definitely will get worse.

The epic behemoth that is ‘The Bunker of Life’ gives us a massive half hour of atmospheric, crushing doom that is laced with some of the heaviest moments TO Records have released this year. A sensual, miasmic journey through brutality, misery, bleak melody. A true odyssey of heavy music, with dashes of My Dying Bride-laced piano and some old fashioned Finnish-style death completes the piece. It really reminds me of aquatic funeral doom lords Ahab, and to think there are still three more tracks…

‘Babylon’s Hanging Garden’ is guttural death at its lowest possible pace, with a haunting spoken word section breaking the grind. More dragging, ghostly misery comes in the elegiac ‘Alexandria’s Library’, and you are finished off with the visceral pain and crawling morbidity of ‘Greeting Mausolos’ Tomb’. Towards Atlantis Lights have created something incredibly lonely here; an album that teeters at the edge of fragility while retaining this intense and eldritch heaviness. Death/doom often focuses on the death, and the doom is not always truly captured. ‘Dust of Aeons’ may be the most doom-laden epitaph this world will face when it finally crumbles into dust.

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Et Moriemur are taking their atmospheric black/doom/death metal to new and uncompromising places with their latest full length, ‘Epigrammata’. Utilising orchestral flourishes, Gregorian chants and choirs to really enhance their exploration of European history, Transcending Obscurity have given us yet another band that is not afraid to push their music to dizzying and mystical heights.

A sweeping, dramatic ‘Introitus’ leads us to the heaving ‘Requiem Aeternum’, a piece of crushing doom that writhes with an almost hymnal vibe. There is a clear orthodox and religious thread that runs through the whole of ‘Epigrammata’, but with that comes the sinister. The delicate piano that accompanies the deathly roars of ‘Offertorium’ is a terrifying juxtaposition, and often you will come across such mixtures. Spoken word, choral voices; brutality and beauty meet in this highly original style. It can definitely be challenging at times (epic closer ‘In Paradisum’ has its moments of overly orchestral issues), but perserverance is the key and soon you will fall in love with what Et Morimur are doing here.

‘Epigrammata’ is one of those albums that you can genuinely compare to nothing else. Sure, there is misery and doomy heaviness aplenty, but the ethereal melodies that linger within, the sepulchral choir of roars, the Gregorian chanting; it is all part of a package that is equally mysterious and enthralling. Et Moriemur are totally different, and it is such a refreshing change.

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Finnish doom lords Coughdust have released their follow up to their debut ‘A Means to An End’, and are taking their deathly stoner doom to new heights with ‘Worldwrench’, out last October via Suicide Records. ‘Worldwrench’ is a steamrolling record of death, doom and destruction.

Opener ‘Serpents of the Earth’ instantly feels like a more raging version of classic Electric Wizard fuzzy doom. Each massive groove is coated in fuzzing distortion, and cyclopean riffs cascade from your speakers. This is a primal song; taking you into the roots of all heavy music with huge guitar and bellowing roars. It is a pretty definitive opening salvo, and when ‘The Second Principle’ kicks in an almost Swedeath guitar tone and attitude it gives you shivers. It feels like the lost link where death and doom meet, where savagery meets the inexorable pushing force of THE RIFF. Beautiful stuff.

Wherever Coughdust takes you, be it the chugging Dismemberisms of the title track or the crumbling epitaph of ‘Blind’, ‘Worldwrench’ is a record that will instantly gratify your cravings for heaviness. Like the crushing pressures of the deep, Coughdust have dragged ancient doom to your door and left a corpse waiting for you. Are you ready for this? You had better be because ‘Worldwrench’ will consume those too weak to resist.

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Brazilian atmospheric doom/sludge from one of my favourite record labels?! SOLD! Transcending Obscurity are bringing us this slab of massive riffs ‘Terraforming’, which is a pleasure to find as your immediate thoughts on South American metal is howling, raging Satanic black/death/thrash. Isn’t nice when your perceptions are shattered? ‘Terraforming’ is out on the 15th November.

The groaning strength of ‘Matriarch’ begins this record with a swaying riff and a lurching, atonal melody that floats below cavernous roars. Think of the mournful power of Swallow the Sun, and couple that with a rusty Louisiana groove and scowling guttural roars and you’ll be about there. The atmospheric ‘Unearthly Glow’ is an early highlight, and I like how Jupiterian mix a sense of the vast beauty of death/doom with the ugliness of sludge. The title track is dark and creepy ambience, benefitting greatly from an appearance from Maurice de Jong of Gnaw Their Tongues.

‘Terraforming’ is a titanic record, built upon massive riffs that appear from the darkness like cliffs of granite. A record that has a deep sense of uneasiness about it, whether in the vocals from hell or the odd melodies seeping out of the guitars. Jupiterian are vast, primal and unbearably heavy at points. Shimmering black metal moments in ‘Us and Them’ are a mere example of the atmospheric, limitless possibilities hidden with ‘Terraforming’. Mark your calendar for this one.

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The physical release of the debut recording by California duo Draghkar is a monstrous slice of death metal with more than a dash of suffocating doom about it. Blood Harvest is bringing us this cassette, and despite there only being three tracks leaves you no doubt of what horrendous violence is yet to come. Miasmic, murky and magical, due to drop on the 6th of October.

Opener ‘Wings Over Malkier’ has a demonic, driving quality about it that revives ancient spirits of Autopsy and gurgling Finnish death metal and soaking it in one of the murkiest guitar tones I’ve ever heard. It is devastating, ugly greatness and instantly sets a high bar for the rest. The rest, of course, meets that expectation without issue, with the rabid savagery of ‘Cowering in the Town of Blinded Eyes’ piling bodies in its wake and the cavernous crush of the title track dragging us to our inexorable end.

God this tape is fucking astounding. No more than 10 minutes of some of the greatest, nastiest death metal you’ll hear this year. Keeping death metal ugly, underground and disgustingly brutal, Draghkar will become your new favourite band. As they fucking should.

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