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Tales From Bandcamp: Pox Americana by Jim Strange with The Proud & The Damned


a0223007492_10Sorry I haven’t done one of these posts in a while.  Time to get back into the Bandcamp swing of things with one hell of a doozy.  Since I came across Pox Americana by Jim Strange with The Proud & The Damned I seriously have not been able to stop listening to it.  Fresh and original are an understatement.  They could be best described as a Gothic Americana Doom Rock band.  There are big fat riffs, a terrific alt-country feel, Opeth-like Gothic atmospheres, and vocals that have slight Count Dracula air to them (Probably best compared to Peter Steele or Glenn Danzig).

If you have an interest in hearing some of the awesome things that can be done within the doom genre, do not hesitate a second to check this album out.  The American roots feel of the music paired with the bombast of metal will suck you right in and that voice will wine, dine, and 69 you.  And for you cheapskates out there, Jim Strange has made the album at no cost to you, so download away, but be sure to show your appreciation by giving them a ‘like’ on their Facebook page or telling all your friends about this über-cool doom band you found and force them to listen to it (violently of course 😉 ).  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Album Review: Trocaria – The Dark Nears


Named after a piece of equipment used in the embalming process, Trocaria blends Gothic and Symphonic metal into a blissfully ominous experience.  If you asked me to listen to a band that embraces these two genres, I would assume they are from England or the far reaches of Scandinavia.  However, this two-piece hails from the deep woods of North Carolina, USA (City of Charlotte, actually) and is set to release their debut album The Dark Nears on 25 May 2012.  If there is one thing America needs in metal is more diversity.  It’s a tough market for some metal subgenres to break in the States.  Trocaria is one of those bands that is going against the grain and doing something that inspires them. In other words, you don’t make Gothic metal because you want to go on a headlining arena tour.  You make Gothic-based music because it’s your passion.

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Album Review: Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol


After 22 years (since their first release) and 13 studio albums later, what could I possibly say about the new Paradise Lost album, Tragic Idol?  For starters it is as obscure and bursting with as much impending doom as their earliest work.  Not so much on the gothic side of the genre, but more on the doom metal side.  Continuing on with their latest trend (three albums or so), Paradise Lost have again harnessed despondency from the doom gods and created some of the heaviest music of their career.  Yet, they still add melancholic melodies that define the genre they helped expand so many years ago.  The new album is more or less a continuation of where Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us left off, however, taking their dejection even further away from the synthesized melodies they have used in the past.  Tragic Idol is stripped down metal with no filler!

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