I love me some doom metal. Riffs as chewy as Dubble-Bubble, grooves that make Fat Albert look like Calista Flockhart, and more experimentation than a suburban teenager who just discovered weed and masturbation. There’s so much to love from this genre, and yet I see that a lot of doom fans are still stuck in the Candlemass, St. Vitus, Black Sabbath days and they tend to not notice that there are a great amount of bands in the modern scene really innovating on the genre (while simultaneously keeping what’s so great about it intact).
Here’s a little list of five bands (in no particular order) which can be found on Bandcamp I feel any self-respecting doom fan should take the time to listen to. My rules for this list were they had to have a full album to listen to on Bandcamp naturally, be relatively new, and they have to still be active. So as much as I’d love to add Avatarium, Order of Israfel, or Alunah, they don’t quite meet my guidelines, so go check them out on your own time. If you know of some doom bands that you want to shout out, drop a comment! Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!! Read the rest of this entry →
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“The sun is rising now
And the mist is low on the ground
Scarlet is the morning tide
While we yearn for our time
Here on the hills on fate
With bows and swords in hand
We stand and we await
The armies of the dead
Crimson Dawn will arise
Blood will stain our skies
The air is wet and cold
It burns my tormented soul
This frightful moment never flies
In time it’s crystallized
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2013 was an odd year for me. While there were countless amounts of outstanding releases, I found myself extremely burned out with heavy metal overload. That’s not to say I even for a moment slowed down on my heavy metal listening in the slightest, but found myself with lots of difficulty getting into something new unless it was something extra special. Something beyond just a solid death metal/black metal/post metal/doom metal/etc metal album. It had to be absolutely extraordinary to pull me away from my current need of delving back into the thousands of albums already in my collection.
However, within my current disregard throughout the year for actively seeking out the new or checking out new albums from established artists I’m already a fan of I still did find a good amount of time to embrace the new. There were many great releases this year and I gave a listen a lot of them. On the contrary, many albums you would think would objectively be on my list you may not find here (honorable mention post coming in the very near future), as naturally, a top ten list is very subjective and the following albums are the records that really shone through despite my bout of new music burnout and got lot of playtime in between obsessive bouts of the classics. In fact, every record here I would consider a modern classic and recommend taking some time to check it out. So, without further ado, here’s my favorite releases of 2013.
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“It’s like the sound of a caveman running around a spaceship”. Fun, fun, fun. Listen here.
19. Moth – Endlessly In Motion Review
An early release of proggy death with some of the best lyrics I’ve seen this year. It hasn’t left my playlist since it came out in January. Listen here.
It might make hardcore DT-fans go “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”, but I think this is the band’s best effort since.. since ever. These songs make me melt like butter in sunshine. Listen here.
Intense, emotional, technical, groovy. With great lyrics and huge riffs, Hacride was one of the best new discoveries this year. Listen here.
This album provides a very special, epic journey through distant industrial constellations and symphonic galaxies. The Fear Factory-like singing is amazing and the female vocals are a wonderful addition to the symphonic orchestration and the relentless double bass drums. This could be a soundtrack to an epic movie. Listen here.
This is a late release, that made it on my list at the very last minute. It would most likely been placed higher if I could have given it the time it deserves. Just like the fantastic album cover, the album is filled with uplifting, unexpected twists and turns that will make you go “ah!” and “oh!”. No other music this year has cheered me up like ‘Bilo 3.0‘; impressive performances by very talented young musicians. Listen here.
‘Flesh Is Heir’ is as grim, cold and evil as it can be, but at the same time it’s melodic and relaxing. Dense atmosphere, disgusting and ugly…and so, so lovely. Listen here.
Although painfully short, it’s impossible to not like this album. Honest, fun and at times weird, but always passionate and absolutely captivating! Listen here.
12. Crimson Dawn – In Strange Aeons… Review
Crimson Dawn is a band that has managed to create a refreshing, modern epic doom sound in both their songwriting and the production. There is clearly lots of soul and thought put into every detail on the album and I hope more people will discover this über-tasty Italian delicacy. Listen here.
A very impressive debut album filled with bleak, beautiful, explosive music. It’s gigantic and earthy. They balance the extreme feelings perfectly and gracefully. Goosebumps! Listen here.
If you haven’t checked out epic doom metal band Crimson Dawn yet you totally should as they are a damn fine and original band bringing fresh ideas to the doom metal table (linky link). And as well as being outstanding musicians and songwriters they are also some upstanding gentlemen with great taste in a wide variety of music. They were cool enough to share their picks for their favorite albums of 2013 with us and with a gander at their lists you are bound to find some records to look into. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
In the realm of heavy metal album reviews the word ‘epic’ gets abused more than a nubile young girl on the set of the latest Rocco Sifreddi flick. It gets poked in every possible angle and more than often gets stuck where it doesn’t belong. By definition the word should solely be used to describe something of or relating to a literary epic poem, or the poem itself (eg. The Iliad or Beowulf). It’s in there, in the music reviewer mind we oft confuse and misuse the word for something that sounds heroic (Ensiferum), huge or gargantuan (Moonsorrow), or fantastical (pick nearly any power metal band). My favorite misuse of the word is when I wish to describe a feeling of a Herculean musical journey that would make the Fellowship of the Ring jealous.
And why the hell am I talking about the word ‘epic’ in an album review? Well because the band Crimson Dawn have self-proclaimed Epic Doom Metal as their genre, and quite honestly, it genuinely fits with what is contained on their debut album, In Strange Aeons… As a whole, all of their elements fit with every misuse and correct use of the word. Throughout the course of the record you will go on a long journey crossing fantastical soundscapes encountering heroic riffs, towering song structures, and massive grooves. All with this hint of flair that will bring to mind some of those ancient epic poems that
you I love so much. Epic is really the only word I can find that simply describes the whole of Crimson Dawn’s sound, so I will use and abuse it.
Epic Doom Metal. Just read that out loud. Has a nice ring to it. Right? Those words, when put together, just thunder with big and powerful awesomeness. And I would have never thought a band has yet to come to the idea to bring Doom metal, which is already pretty epic in itself, to even more epic levels by adding a nice heroic feel to the music. Lucky for me Dario Berreta of the Italian Power Metal band Drakkar got in touch with me to tell me about his new project Crimson Dawn. Well, the project isn’t exactly new as it’s been in progress for some years now (since about 2005), but with only a demo EP under their belts and headfuls of great ideas, the project didn’t really take off with its first stab due to other things known as life surrounding the band members time. Lucky for us, Dario decided to resurrect the band, and with some line up changes they are geared to release their first full on full length album In Strange Aeons…
I had the privileged to give a listen to an early preview of the record, and am here to tell you that this record is something you should start getting excited about. Take the fat riffage and soaring vocals of a Candlemass record and add a healthy dollop of Heroic Epicness by way of say, Blind Guardian or Ensiferum and you get Crimson Dawn. All three of the songs included on the preview I got were absolutely solid and as a bonus, my favorite from the listening I’ve been granted permission to share with you all to rock out on.