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Tales From Bandcamp: No Light by Horse Drawn Death Machine

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!!

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Full Album (err, EP) Stream: Faustian Echoes by Agalloch

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!!!