Vinyl Follow Up: In The Woods… – Pure

While I don’t worship at the altar of Omnio, I’ve long been an In The Woods… fan, and I was very pleased to see the band finally release a successor to 1999’s excellent Strange In Stereo with last year’s Pure. In The Woods… morphed over time from a black metal band through progressive and on to a mix of avant garde and the rather nebulous “dark metal” tag used for otherwise difficult to categorize music blending elements of gothic and doom metal, without really falling into either camp. Dark metal is probably the best descriptor for Pure, which is a much more conventional album than its not so immediate predecessor. If you were expecting...

Vinyl Follow Up: Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts

I’m sure everyone has their favorite Katatonia album. For me, it’s 2006’s The Great Cold Distance that reigns above all others, with both album tracks like “Soil’s Song” and “July,” as well as B-sides “Unfurl,” “Code Against The Code,” and “Dissolving Bonds,” remaining not just some of my all time favorite Katatonia songs, but favorite songs full stop. I would also say that the latter are superior to any of the tracks on Night Is The New Day (That’s not saying much. -Alex). Happily, the band rebounded after that disappointment in 2012 with Dead End Kings, but I think it is this year’s release, The Fall Of Hearts, that is their...

The Zodiac Sessions Vinyl Follow Up Apr09

The Zodiac Sessions Vinyl Follow Up

I normally try to keep my vinyl follow up articles at least somewhat timely, so you’ll have to forgive me for the extreme tardiness of this one. I’ve been a fan of San Francisco’s retro doom masters Orchid ever since I heard their 2011 full length debut, Capricorn. However, only recently did I discover that Nuclear Blast decided to reissue Capricorn together with the band’s 2009 EP Through The Devil’s Doorway on a CD digipack called The Zodiac Sessions, with new cover art by the band’s vocalist Theo Mindell, and new mastering for both. In addition to the CD, both Capricorn and Devil’s Doorway were also reissued on vinyl as a gatefold...

Lake of Tears – Headstones

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. Alright, let’s say you’re a big fan of bands like Moonspell, Katatonia, and Type O Negative, and are looking to expand your already substantial gothic metal/doom repertoire. Furthermore, let’s also assume that you’ve built up a reputation as a veritable gothic metal/doom cognoscenti, but are now unbelievably finding yourself running out of albums...

Paul Chain – Alkahest

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. Paul Chain. Paolo Catena. Paul Cat. Paul Chain Violet Theatre. P.C. Translate. The Improvisor. Experimental Information. If you don’t recognize any of these names, I’m not surprised. Even the most passionate, self-professed doom buff routinely fails the Paul Chain litmus test. Yet his 1995 masterpiece, Alkahest, is one of the greatest doom records ever...

Trouble – Psalm 9

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. When one find themselves in a conversation about doom, typically bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, St. Vitus, and Electric Wizard get bantered about as the genre’s main leading staples. And rightfully so too, since if you are old enough to vote and reading this, then you probably own at least one record from one of these bands. But if you had to name the top...

Vainaja – Kadotetut May30

Vainaja – Kadotetut

If it wasn’t for Angry Metal Guy staffer Grymm and his most excellent review of Vainaja‘s debut, Kadotetut, I would have probably let this record slip through the promotional cracks, which would have been a darn shame given how much rotation this obscure little beasty has gotten lately. Vainaja (“Deceased) are a Finnish three piece outfit whose debut is a concept album that recants the story of a bunch of 19th century occultists who terrorize a town. Through their worship of some ancient, evil unspecified religion, they commit unspeakable atrocities including but not limited to, sacrificial murder, enslaving villagers to...

Grand Magus – Triumph And Power Feb07

Grand Magus – Triumph And Power

Bands that resist easy genre classification often produce great music, and that’s certainly been the case for Sweden’s Grand Magus. After forming in 1996, the band released their debut, self titled full length in 2001. Their sound began as fairly straightforward traditional doom, but has subtly morphed over the years, blending in more traditional heavy metal, epic doom, and Viking metal. The band really found their stride with 2008’s Iron Will, and their follow up in 2010, Hammer Of The North, was equally superb. With 2012’s The Hunt though, the band began to head in a new direction, pushing their classic doom elements to the side. The...

Avatarium – Avatarium Jan10

Avatarium – Avatarium

For many, the release of Psalms For The Dead was the end of an era. This was the band that released Epicus Doomicus Metallicus after all, so for doom fans, the news that there would never be another Candlemass album was dire indeed. Fortunately, the band’s bassist and leader Leif Edling is not one to stay quiet for long. His band Krux has released three albums since forming in 2002, and is still active. 2013 also saw the self-titled full length debut from his latest project, Avatarium. I went into this review knowing almost nothing about Avatarium other than Edling’s involvement and that the band had a female vocalist, so I wasn’t quite...