Ohio’s Horse Drawn Death Machine have crafted on nifty blackened stoner/doom metal E.P. called No Light that exudes a monstrous sound in its ~20 minute runtime. When I first started listening to this I had thought that it would be standard inbox fare, but by the time the first track ended I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. The chaotic elements of punk rock and black metal give an overall raw and energetic feel to the blackened atmosphere while the hazy stoner rock sections add a bluesy and hypnotic dynamic to the 4 songs, especially in the mind melting tune “Early Graves” (seriously, if you’re strapped for time and can’t spend the 20 minutes listening to this, at least revel in the awesomeness of “Early Graves”). The guitar solos throughout the E.P. are also fantastic adding a great deal of melody to the mix. HDDM are certainly a band to watch as they carry quite an original sound with them in that machine they’re carrying around. After going back and listening to their previous E.P. I do have to say that No Light is a massive improvement. Given that the other E.P. was released less than a year before this one shows that the band are quickly rising to develop and improve their sound and I look forward to the next release by them. Give a listen to the album, share it with your friends, and let us know what you thought down in the comments. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!
Ever since I laid my ears on the masterpiece The Mantle by North American black metal band Agalloch they thrust themselves into the top echelon of my favorite bands. Their ability to get such deep feelings of nature and the Earth into their music is pure bliss to my ears. While many of their lyrics deal with melancholy, sorrow, and loss there is a feel to the music that radiates with beauty, hope, and love creating a wonderful balance of emotions.
They have just released a new E.P. and made it available for all to hear. Faustian Echoes takes inspiration from the literary masterwork, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and features some of the heaviest and darkest music Agalloch has written to date. Recorded as a single track passing the 20 minute mark there is a lot to absorb and listen to in this E.P. I really enjoy the voice-overs reading sections ofFaust in between the different suites of the tune. They really add to the narrative of the tune and give it a darker and more intense feel. But enough talk. Crank up your radio, zone out, and escape to the world of Agalloch. Let us know what you thought in the comments. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Hovering between the borders of sludge metal, post-metal, and black metal, Orlando, Florida band Fire in the Cave have created a 2 song E.P. that will quake your viscera with it slow and brooding riffs, thundering bass, and hypnotic drumming and vocals. As it attacks you innards, the E.P also shows a delicate sense of beauty as the band transitions into haunting guitar leads and explores areas outside of their claustrophobic and sludgy comfort zone. Complete with wonderfully written and environmentally charged lyrics FITC deliver a satisfying and complete package all wrapped up nicely in its quick 16 minute run time.
The first song, “Civilized Swamp”, gets right to the point with the thundering music and the rough hard-core shouts in the vein of band such as Isis and Neurosis. In time the tempo changes up and a preview of the beauty of what the band is able to create pokes its head out for a brief moment before the thick and chunky riffs take the forefront again. Soon Mastodon proggy riffs (pun intended) turn up and lead into a gorgeous Earthy black metal section that I felt was very reminiscent of Agalloch as they bring this behemoth of a song to a close.
The second track, “Aeden Carr”, follows a similar feel as its predecessor but mixes up the structure to create yet another journey through a viscid forest. This one has more of a post-metal feel to it, but the sludgy black stains are still worn visibly and with pride. I particularly like the slow and brooding section at around the ~3:30-6:30 mark as it created an atmosphere so dense you could rip a chunk of it off and chew on it like bubble gum.
This is a great offering from an up and comer. I’m highly looking forward to what FITC can do in the future with a full on album because this release really has my appetite whetted. The production on the E.P. is great with its grimy sound that maintains enough cleanliness for the music and intricacies to shine through. Well worth your 16 minutes to check out. Peace Love and Metal!
You can listen to the whole album below or go to FITC‘s Bandcamp page to get yourself a ‘name you price’ copy of the E.P. Also be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates on the band and show info.