Posts Tagged ‘Doom Metal’

100755We continue on our road of discovery as we check out albums that were ranked on Loudwire.com’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list and we are checking out another album from the almighty Black Sabbath. The album we are checking out this week is the fourth Black Sabbath record to be featured on the list (Paranoid, Black Sabbath, and Heaven And Hell are the other three) and Loudwire ranked Master Of Reality, the band’s third album overall tenth on their list. The album once again featured Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass), and Bill Ward (Drums) with Rodger Bain returning for the third album in a row as the band’s producer. The album was released on July 21, 1971 and is the album that is widely considered the album that helped start the genre’s of Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, and Sludge Metal. The album for a long time was a huge success for the band as it went double platinum and was the only Sabbath record to crack the top 10 in the US as it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200. It was the only album for 42 years until 13 came out in 2013 which peaked at number one on the Billboard top 200.

black-sabbath-master-of-reality-17-cd1. Sweet Leaf-The track that begins with the coughing and the big riffs is one of the all time classics from Sabbath. That coughing loop is actually Tony Iommi coughing from a joint he was smoking with Ozzy which is what the track is about. 5/5

2. After Forever-A pretty cool track that was written by Iommi featuring lyrics written by self proclaimed catholic Geezer Butler which the lyrics center on various Christian themes like belief in Christ and the Pope. 5/5

3. Embryo-a :28 second instrumental which helps set up the very next track 5/5

4. Children Of The Grave– This bass heavy super charged track is my all time favorite Black Sabbath with it’s prominent drum beats to match. The track is another anti-war track from the band that is along the same lines as War Pigs and Electric Funeral. 5/5

d6dd99c4-0b8c-11e5-90ff-a60d138ab2b75. Orchid-another instrumental track on the album that is a nice segway into the next track. 5/5

6. Lord Of This World-a great track that looks at Satan and how he claims to be Lord of our world due to the fact that we do so much sinning that it allows him to be. 5/5

7. Solitude– a slow track in the same vein as Planet Caravan that is sung so beautifully by Ozzy that we can’t believe it’s him singing. The track is about losing someone that you were in love with and they left you with nothing. 5/5

8. Into The Void– a track that is widely loved by so many including Eddie Van Halen and James Hetfield due to how bad ass the main riff is. It truly is an awesome song that was written in C# Minor in a song that is all about how man is destroying the earth. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the most bad ass Black Sabbath records ever made. It’s an album that you can truly listen from beginning to end and it flows together nicely. Again, my all time favorite track is Children Of The Grave, but I love all the songs on this one which is why I am giving it five stars out of five for a final grade.

12 years in the tomb singleIt has been 24 years since fans of legendary doom metal band Saint Vitus have heard the singing of Scott Reagers on a Saint Vitus album. That wait is over as Saint Vitus have unveiled their newest album since Lillie: F-65  which was released seven years ago and they have unveiled that Reagers has replaced Wino in the band for the self titled new album. The album also marks the first time that Pat Bruders (Down, Ex-Crowbar) has played bass on a Saint Vitus album as he replaced original bassist Mark Adams who is currently battling Parkinson’s disease. The track 12 Years In The Tomb is absolutely awesome as it channels the likes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost as far as the riffing is concerned and Reager’s vocals are awesome as his gritty vocals goes real well with the band’s overall sound. I love the solo towards the end of the song as Dave Chandler just shreds along with the track reminding us of all the greatness that is doom metal. Seasons Of Mist will be releasing the album on May 17TH and you can check out some of the goodies that are available with the pre-order here. Otherwise, check out the track below:

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Saint Vitus Album Cover

Saint Vitus Tracklisting

01. Remains (6:23)
02. A Prelude To… (3:20)
03. Bloodshed (3:04)
04. 12 Years in the Tomb (5:24)
05. Wormhole (5:22)
06. Hour Glass (5:23)
07. City Park (4:01)
08. Last Breath (6:38)
09. Useless (1:32)

black frost“Finding the right niche, finding your own place, appreciation and identity can be a rather tedious undertaking especially if you are “just” a German doomy death metal band, and strive for sticking out of a never-ending stream of new bands that usually are as quickly formed as they vanish.” That is a quote from Melodic Death/Doom Metal band Nailed To Obscurity‘s website and it is so true. The band which got their start in 2005 has been hard at work trying to carve their very own niche and I think they have done well in accomplishing that. Now, the band is gearing up to release their fourth studio album, a follow up to 2017’s King Delusion, and the band’s very first release via Nuclear Blast Records in Black Frost which is due out January 11, 2019. To get fans ready for the release, the band has unleashed a music video for the title track and singer Raimund Ennenga describes the track saying, “While we try to route our sanity through daily grind and to skip facing our fears, our darkest emotions are able to create a burden in secrecy – they are able to cause our mind to capsize. We tried to capture this atmosphere in the lyrics and the music of our song ‘Black Frost’. A sinister maelstrom.” The music video is primarily a performance based video and you need to check it out below. You can also pre-order the album by clicking here.

october rustWhen you think of Goth Metal, there is usually only one band that I find synonymous with those words and that is Type O Negative. They were the band that brought the brand to the mainstream and made it cool to buy and bands like Him can thank them for that. Besides the band’s breakthrough record Bloody Kisses, one of my all time favorite Type O Negative records is October Rust which was also their fourth studio album and the first to not incorporate so much of the doom metal sound they were known for. Instead, they settled for more ballads and one heck of a cover song to boot. The album once again featured the late and great Peter Steele (Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar), Kenny Hickey (Guitar), Josh Silver (Keyboards), and for the first time Johnny Kelly (Drums). The album was released on August 20, 1996 and it was produced by Steele and Silver and it featured some new techniques never employed before (like joke intros and abrupt endings). The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while finishing in the top 10 in Sweden, Germany, Finland, and Austria as well being certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies.

october rust back1. Bad Ground– This is the first time that the band employed a joke intro into one of their albums. It basically contains just low level buzzing to make you think that your speakers are not plugged in correctly. 4/5

2. Untitled- It’s basically the real intro to the album where the band asks if you enjoyed their joke 4/5

3. Love You To Death– One of my favorite Type O Negative songs that opens up with a cool piano track before the comes in with their distorted attack in this gothic love song about a guy who is in love with a girl more than she is him. 5/5

4. Be My Druidess– Type O was the best at getting a point across with so few words and they do in this song about love in the gothic/black sense. The track is like a heavier version of post punk like Joy Division. 5/5

5. Green Man-a very cool track lyrically where he is talking about an ancient diety that pre-dates Christianity. He is sort of symbolic of nature in the sense that he dies when winter comes only to be reborn in spring. 4.5/5

6. Red Water (Christmas Mourning)– a kind of sad song about someone who has lost some loved ones and it’s Christmas morning and he is drowning in his sorrows. 4/5

7. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend-This track is another one of my favorites where it sort of has that 70’s psychedelic sound with the keys mixed with the distorted instruments. The track is basically about Peter wanting to bang his bi-curious girlfriend’s girlfriend. 5/5

october rust cd8. Die With Me– The track starts off like they are in an airport when all of a sudden the clean channel guitars kick in and Peter sings about the one that got away. 4/5

9. Burnt Flowers Fallen– Another track where with the least amount of words, he manages to say a lot in this track about how he has come to grips with the fact that the girl he loves is no longer his. 4.5/5

10. In Praise Of Bacchus-Bacchus is the Roman equivalent to the Greek God of wine in Dionysus, but in this track he is drowning in his sorrows with the help of wine. 4.5/5

11. Cinnamon Girl-The band’s heavy and awesome cover of the Neil Young classic. 5/5

12. The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa– an intro track of sorts with a really long title that sounds like it’s a liberating day in this fictitious country. 4/5

13. Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)– This is a track that is certifiably love making music done Type O Negative style. There are a lot of metaphors in this track and I think the werewolf element is just symbolism for power. 5/5

14. Haunted– a track whose lyrics are profound in what they are about. The song is about being haunted by visions of a love that maybe you lost or can’t have and when you try to sleep at night, you have trouble cause you are thinking of her. 5/5

15. Untitled– an Outro to the album where the band downplays the making of the record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing record by an amazing band that decided to take a chance with this record and it paid off. This was actually the first album I had ever heard from the band before I dug any deeper into their catalog. My favorite tracks besides the obvious two are Wolf Moon and Haunted. My least favorite tracks are the intro tracks especially The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic… I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

Zakk Wylde may be one of the greatest guitarists in metal history and it may go down like that when it is all said and done. While touring with his Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath in 2017, the year has been a busy one for him. He has gotten back with the man that brought him into the business in Ozzy Osbourne and now he has a brand new album that he is bracing to release in 2018 entitled Grimmest Hits. he has decided to give us an early Christmas present when he unleashed the track All That Once Shined for all of us to listen to. When you check out the track, you can tell that Zakk is boasting his love for Black Sabbath and the doom metal genre that the legends started. The track is absolutely laced with it and it kicks ass. I also love the way Zakk is singing now a days because it sounds like a combo of Ozzy and Alice In Chains. You should definitely give this track a listen and prepare for the album as they get ready to release it on January 19, 2018. You can pre-order the album by going here or get the digital version here. Check it out below:

DopethroneOne of the greatest bands in the metal genre called it quits last year when Black Sabbath called it a day. The band’s sound influenced a whole generation of artists that would create the doom metal/stoner rock genre that has stayed relevant over the last 40 years. One of the biggest bands in the genre has been carrying the flag of doom metal since 1993 in England’s own Electric Wizard. The band came around when the genre was primarily dominated by American bands from the US who seemed to be running the show at the time until this English boys came around. In 2000, the band was made up of Jus Oborn (Vocals, Guitars, Effect), Tim Bagshaw (Bass, Effects), and Mark Greening (Drums). On November 28, 2000, the band released one of their most prolific albums in Dopethrone via Rise Records and Oborn remembers the album saying, “Most of us were stuck in some drug addiction or alcoholism at the time, and it was just pure hate. It was us against the world, and we just wanted to make the most disgusting, foul, putrid record that anyone has ever recorded. We camped out at the studio, so it was literally just wake up, consume as much fucking drugs as possible, and then just start jamming.

dopethrone back1. Vinum Sabbathi– A bass heavy track that just rumbles as the band comes in this track that is all about drug addiction. 5/5

2. Funeralopolis– The track starts off like the calm before a storm with a very cool bass riff in this eight plus minute epic that seems to be about what the Earth has become after nuclear war. 5/5

3. Weird Tales (I. Electric Forest, II. Golgotha, III. Altar Of Melektaus)– This 15 plus minute track is divided up into three parts which you can see below that I think was influenced by HP Lovecraft. The changes are incredible when you hear what they churn out as the track goes from sounding like Cathedral esque music to Sabbath like chunky riffs and so much more. 5/5

4. Barbarian– The next track on the album that is pure sludge to a T is Jus’s tribute to the character Conan The Barbarian. 4/5

5. I, The Witchfinder (a.k.a. Las Torturas de la Inquisicion)– The 11 minute track starts off with a quote I believe from Mark Of The Devil as we are transported to a musical Odyssey filled with ominius bass heavy riffs and more in this track about a witchunter. 5/5

electric-wizard-dopethrone6. The Hills Have Eyes– This is an instrumental intro that leads us right into the next track. 4.5/5

7. We Hate You– The next track on the album that starts with some distorted bass before the band kicks right in for this track that is about spiteful, disturbed, and very hateful children. 4.5/5

8. Dopethrone– The title track may seem like it’s a 20 minute track, but I assure you that it’s only 11 minutes long with almost nine minutes of silence in this journey into the depths of your mind and drugs. 5/5

9. Mind Transferral– On some editions of the album, this is the bonus track that was first introduced to us in 2004 that runs about 15 minutes in length which features some killer bass playing besides Oborn showing his guitar skills as well in this instrumental. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you want to get into some really good doom metal/stoner rock then this is one of the bands that can lead you into that journey. This is a record that you put on, you sit back, and you escape into this musical journey. What an incredible record from beginning to end. If anything, check out the musicianship that is displayed on this album. I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

It’s crazy because it hasn’t been that long for me as a fan of Doom Metal and why it took so long I don’t know. There is something so primal, evil,  and apocalyptic sounding about the genre that has attracted me to it over the years. That is where Cardinals Folly falls into place thanks to Loudwire.com for introducing me to them. Cardinals Folly is a doom metal band from Finland that has been around since 2007 with two albums under their belts with the latest Holocaust of Ecstasy and Freedom coming out very soon. The track I chose from the album as this week’s single of the week is their track Her Twins Of Evil.  The band channels the best of Pentragram with that deep fuzzy bass sound that boroughs in your gut. The music reminds us why Black Sabbath was so brilliant in pioneering the genre and why Pentagram refined it as you hear the influence in the music. Check out the band on Facebook, give them a like, and check out the track below:

macabreOf course as you all know, you get two single of the week posts with one on the metal side and the other on the rock side. If you have never seen the rock documentary Last Days Here, you need to check it out because it’s amazing. The documentary follows the doom metal band Pentagram and it’s controversial lead singer Bobby Liebling. I’m not sure what Bobby has been up to these days on a personal level, but apparently he has found the original master of a song he had put out when his band was called Macabre. Relapse had put out the albums First Daze Here and First Daze Here Too which chronicled the band’s early years when it was made up of Liebling, Vince McAllister (Guitars), Greg Mayne (bass) and Geof O’Keefe (drums). That is where the track Be Forewarned was first heard, but apparently they have remastered both albums and are about to re-release them to the public again. Bobby talks about the track saying, “Geof found the original reel for this 45 release on eBay! It’s the original mix of the song. Philip, the guy who put the record out, was selling the reel online hoping to make a buck now that Pentagram finally got a little attention and was touring the world. Geof got a fair deal on it and now it’s risen from the coffin it’s been laying in for nearly half a century. We had just changed our name to Macabre (Mac-Ah-Bray) but that didn’t last long, we were Pentagram, damnit.” So, the new remastered version on the album is that that 1971 Macabre version that you all get to hear below. To pre-order them from Relapse Records, please click here. Otherwise check out the track below from the original Doom Metal band.

YBSC High PlainsFor this week’s album of the week, I am doing something a little different and something I have yet to do for the blog. Back in late February/March, I started a new segment for the blog called Unsigned Band Of The Week and it’s been a cool experience discovering bands I would have otherwise not discovered. One of those bands that I discovered while doing that blog piece is Youngblood Supercult, who come to us from Topeka, Kansas are my first unsigned band that I have covered for Album of The Week. While I was listening to a track on Youtube, their name popped up on the suggestions to the right and their name caught my eye. The band which is made up of Bailey Smith (Guitars), Weston Alford (Drums), and David Merrill (Vocals/Bass) can best be described as kind of a stoner rock/bluesy doom band that would make fans of the genre very happy. I have decided that for this week’s album of the week, I would cover their latest album High Plains which the band released back in February of this year. The album is the band’s follow up to their debut disc Season Of The Witch. The album marks a significant change for the band because of the fact that they have had some member changes since the first record.

ybsc1. Stone Mountain Blues– The band flexes their creative muscles with this awesome blues infused rock instrumental.

2. Monolith– The band lays out a nice juicy, thick doom driven riff with some ominous vocals that are both chilling and beautiful. The track reminds us why we love Black Sabbath and Pentagram. 5/5

3. Nomad– An absolute rocker on the album that grooves and drives that reminds of the stoner rock era C.O.C and The Sword. There’s a kick ass part in the track where the band speeds it up and the track rips. 5/5

4. Before The Dawn– I love the intro to this track with the cool bass line before the band comes charging in with the chugging riffs, this is amazing. I love how the vocals have that reverb to it, very cool effect. 5/5

5. Mind Control– I love the riff to this song, sounds very thick and full and it grooves hard with the blues tones. All of these tracks are hypnotic in nature. 4.5/5

youngblood supercult6. White Nights– A folkier track on the album which is an nice temporary departure from the previous tracks. Very atmospheric and cool 4/5

7. Hell Hath No Fury– Another track that grooves and has spunk as the band rocks out that has Sabbath in it’s blood. 4/5

8. Forefather– I love that during the verses, the song takes a sort of less is more approach which works. One thing to remember though is that these guys can jam and their riffs are excellent. 4/5

9. Black Hawk– While the band proved they can doom it up, they prove on this track that they can speed up the tempo a little and rock out. The vocals are little edgier which is cool too. 4.5/5

10. Acid Tongue– A really heavy track that has a really cool guitar solo that is my favorite part of the track. 4/5

11. Down 75– The band ends the album on the lighter/folkier side once again, but it works. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I like the New Wave of Doom/Stoner Rock bands that I have seen like Miss Lava, Gorilla Pulp, and of course Youngblood Supercult. You can tell that they are definitely coming into their own and they sound like well oiled machines throughout the record. It just definitely works and it pays off when you listen to this record. These guys need to be signed already!!! I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. Check them out on Facebook for more info.

I am always looking for unique bands that are doing something I haven’t heard before or have music videos that are cool and interesting to watch. Secrets Of The Sky, the Oakland doom/black metal band is one of those bands that is doing something different on the scene and their music video is cool as well. Pathway is the name of the band’s new record which came out back in May of this year via Metal Blade Records and the band has just unleashed the music video for the seven minute track called Eternal Wolves. The music video for the track is primarily a performance based video which you never really get to see what the band looks like as they are playing in shadows of sorts, but their instruments are visible as well as the band’s singer Garett Gazay. The one thing I really liked about this band (because this was first time hearing them) is the fact that you have Gazay singing in a black metal style voice over this eerie doom metal styled music which is something new for me and I really enjoyed it. The band is definitely worth checking out and you can do so by visiting their Facebook page here. Otherwise, check out the video below: