Tag: Doom metal
March 3, 2021
Doom Metallers Trouble’s debut Psalm 9 release has been out for 30+ years. Imagine that! Signed by Metal Blade Records, the 1984 album is commonly known as one of, if not the first doom metal releases. They were given the “white metal” moniker because of the obvious Biblical references. I had a friend who passed recently who hung out with the band back in the day & it was nice to actually meet someone who listened to my “Christian music.” Guitarist Bruce Franklin would go on & join Supershine w/ Dug from King’s X & also release an outstanding industrial album generation-Brutal Reality.… Continued →
December 28, 2020
Best of 2020: Marco L.
"O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." -Psalm 95:1
October 30, 2020
Song of the Day: Seventh Angel - The Passing of Years
When Seventh Angel’s debut album The Torment came out, I was an instant fan. I was a huge thrash fan in my teenage years, and their unique take on it–lots of acoustic interludes, and darker chord progressions–appealed to me. A couple of years later, the band followed up with Lament for the Weary. I must admit that at first I didn’t get it. It was much slower than any thrash I’d ever heard, and I hadn’t discovered doom yet as a genre, so I didn’t have a frame of reference for slower tunes.… Continued →
August 7, 2020
Song of the Day: Warlord - Where the Road Forks
If you asked me what the heaviest Christian release of all time was, a strong contender would be the self-titled EP from Portand’s Warlord (not to be confused with the secular heavy metal band of the same name). One of the earliest releases on the Tooth & Nail imprint, Solid State Records, their debut EP featured deep, dark, heavy riffs and lengthy songs. In fact, this 4-song effort clocks in at longer than some full-lengths, due to the longevity of the tracks. Often overlooked and underappreciated, the release was the first of its kind in the Christian market.… Continued →
February 28, 2020
Song of the Day: Trouble - The Misery Shows (II)
Though a fantastic classic/doom metal band, Chicago’s Trouble were always slightly confusing. They often used Christian imagery, biblically-themed lyrics, and somewhat uncharacteristically for doom metal–a positive outlook. Take this ballad from their 1990 self-titled album: Please, take His hand The time has come to learn Please, take my hand Let me take you to learn And yet, the band played almost exclusively secular venues with other secular artists, and depending on which band members you talked to, they seemed to distance themselves from the “Christian” tag.… Continued →
January 10, 2020
Memorium release new lyric video + free single
Doom metal band Memorium (Vision of God Records) have released a new lyric video, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/memoriumdoom/videos/751655828689493/UzpfSTM4MjUyODIxNTE0Nzc3MjoyODA3MDEzMzg2MDMyNTY0/. The single, which features a cool take on doom–classic doom (think early Candlemass or Cathedral) mixed with death-doom (My Silent Wake, My Dying Bride)–is also being offered as a free download here: https://visionofgodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-dawn?fbclid=IwAR2UlU-R5YGgfVFwP4ey7buNjEXWO1Nw4ZylD0GdoBvNOFvsvcn17aJpSbk… Continued →
November 15, 2019
Song of the Day: Paramaecium - I'm Not to Blame
Paramaecium. Legendary. Heavy as a concrete slab, and slower than a slug. The band’s debut, Exhumed of the Earth, shocked metal fans everywhere with slow, heavy riffs, string parts, and death metal vocals that were juxtaposed with occasional operatic female vocals added in for good measure. Their sophomore album Within the Ancient Forest changed styles somewhat by cranking up the folk and classical elements and adding a technical flair. But by the time A Time to Mourn came out, the band had shifted styles again–still within the doom metal category, of course–by adding a touch of groove and including Seventh Angel/Ashen Mortality frontman Ian Arkley (later of My Silent Wake).… Continued →
July 8, 2019
The Monarch release new song!
After almost 5 years post-metal/ambient British Columbia's The Monarch release new song "Merely Death"
April 24, 2019
REVIEW : Cruentis - Alpha and Omega
This 5-song EP contains 3 songs of melodic death metal (tracks 2-4) sandwiched in between 2 longer, unusual songs that genre-wise feature a hybrid of nu metal, doom metal and some classical instrumentation. Stylistically, the middle 3 tracks are similar to bands like Pantokrator, World to Ashes and similar melodeath bands (or In Flames and At the Gates from a mainstream perspective), but there is not a huge emphasis on the lead guitar. These are the strongest tracks with the most cohesive sound. The first and last tracks are more original, but ironically also weaker.… Continued →
October 21, 2018
REVIEW : Ascending King - Funeral of the Species
Ascending King is a one-man extreme metal project from Texas. Stylistically it’s a straight-up 50/50 mix of raw black metal and funeral doom. What’s strange about that mix is just how incredibly well it works here. Slower tempos overall and crushing heaviness reminiscent of sludge without the leftfield tendencies of that subgenre, but with occasional mid-paced blastbeats? Mid-paced blastbeats you say? That’s an oxymoron! You’re right, it certainly is, but there’s no other way to describe certain sections of the aptly-named Funeral of the Species. Really attentive listeners, and readers-of-liner-notes may recognize the name Ruah (Hebrew for ‘spirit’ or ‘wind’) as a temporary member of Elgibbor, filling in on guitar and BGVs on spot dates for the Polish legends.… Continued →
January 10, 2018
Introducing Bastard Tongue
Bastard Tongue is a doom metal band featuring former members of Idealist. Their self-titled EP was produced by Evan King (formerly of Attalus) and debuts 1/12. You’ll be able to find it on their Bandcamp.… Continued →
January 9, 2018
REVIEW : TIMŌRĀTUS - Reverentia
While this band hails from Louisville, I would have sworn they were from eastern Europe somewhere. That’s a good thing. Reverentia is yet another quality post-metal release I’ve come across recently. But whereas the mysterious band God revel in djent rhythms and instrumental anthems to connect the listener to God, TIMŌRĀTUS takes a different approach altogether. Each album is written and recorded in a different style. I’ve sampled some of the other albums and there’s black metal, thrash, doom and experimental hybrids. The music on Reverentia was takes on form of post-metal is impregnated with black metal atmospherics, layers of shoegaze wall-of-sound sonics and doom metal riffs, creating a drone metal beast! … Continued →
September 22, 2017
Ascending King - Moon of the Dead
Ascending King, the spirit-filled blackened doom metal band has released his debut lyric video for his EP, Funeral of a Species. The project began back in 2015, formed by Aaron “Ruah” Kirby. Ruah signed to Nosral Recordings earlier this year. The video is for the track “Moon of the Dead”. The track premiered on HM Magazine today! Go pick up Funeral of a Species and Ruah’s labelmate, Children of Wrath‘s album, No Flesh Spared. Available now at all locations. … Continued →
March 20, 2014
INTERVIEW : Demon Hunter (Demon Hunter Week Day 5)
In our epic conclusion to Demon Hunter Week, frontman and lead singer Ryan Clark personally selects and answers ten questions from our fan questions thread. Enjoy.
March 13, 2014
REVIEW : Demon Hunter - Extremist
Demon Hunter returns with their best album in years (and perhaps of all time?)! Check out what makes "Extremist" such a powerhouse here, and be sure to check back all next week as we unveil our exclusive Demon Hunter Week!
February 19, 2014
REVIEW : Deliverance - Hear What I Say!
hristian Thrash legends Deliverance make their exit in a big way with Hear What I Say! as they challenge the world to pull away from their computers and soar into new life. Tracks like "The Annuls of Subterfuge" and "A Perfect Sky" are instant classics, and the band has finally brought their first ever German language track to the table.
January 17, 2014
REVIEW : Agonal - A Suffering Complete
Check out Agonal and their third record that came out last year called A Suffering Complete which was released by Sanctus Gladius Records. The gothic doom metal awaits you.
March 12, 2013
INTERVIEW : Victor Griffin and Jeff "Oly" Olson (IN~GRAVED)
Victor Griffin, formerly of Pentagram and Place of Skulls, and Jeff "Oly" Olson of Trouble sit down with us and talk about their new band IN~GRAVED. Check it out here.