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DOOM * STONER * SLUDGE * DRONE * PSYCHEDELIC ~ HOME OF THE DOOM METAL ALLIANCE REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE UNDERGROUND

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    Recently, I have often encountered good psychedelic / stoner / doom teams from Southern America: from widely known Reino Ermitano, Don Juan Matus and El Hijo de La Aurora to less popular At Devil Dirt and Kayros or ultimately disbanded power-trio Tlon. But the South American scene is not confined to these bands, so today, I invite you to meet with another representative of the Chilean stoner scene - it's El Gran Temor, let us welcome them. Unfortunately, the band is now in limbo, because some participants leave the crew in 2010 after several concerts in support of the newly released album "Jugando Con La Muerte" ("Playing God"), and there’s only one man left, a core of El Grand Temor – it’s founder Jorge Luis Payllao, which however is not sitting on its hands and start to write new stuff and gain new musicians to El Gran Temor.

    Songs which were included in the "Jugando Con La Muerte" were indeed composed by the band during the period from 2005 to 2009, and the album was recorded in few sessions in the studio of Pablo Navarrete, bassist of Chilean stoner / metal team Hielo Negro (year of foundation - 1996), and Pablo is obviously not newbie to this, so he brought the stuff to a decent world standards, and this is known to be an important factor contributing to digest this album well. So what is in our menu today? There’s "electric blues rock" as Jorge names it, the core of which is actually a solid stoner and proto doom riffs with branded psychedelic sound of the 70th.

    That is interesting – the sound of El Gran Temor isn’t limited with vague and overloaded riffs or acid arrangement, although the first and second ones turn equally convincing. Jorge - as guitarist and author of almost all music – names a lot of veterans of rock scene as his teachers; and there’re not only the pillars of modern stoner, doom rock or gurus like Jimi Hendrix, here he also mentions bossa nova musicians (a mix of Brazilian music and cool jazz), and the original Latin music artists such as Joao Gilberto, Argentine rocker Luis Spinetta, Chilean folk singer Eduardo "Gato" Alkvinta, blues guitarist Papp and poet and singer Victor Jara. It's too difficult, right? Okay then just believe me that the album featured eight quiet diverse tracks, which absorbed spirit of psychedelic rock from 70th and drive of a good, heavy stoner, keep it in mind until you put your arms upon "Jugando Con La Muerte".

    The first song "Infortunio" just attracts attention with successful combination of the elements of mentioned before genres, and one of it’s features is also first-class clear vocal lines. All texts on this album is into Spanish and I always appreciate bands which vocalists sing in their native language, in the case of El Gran Temor this choice is doubly justified – vocals sound really good and it’s performance in the Spanish sound very attractive. The album's lyrics is a kind of diary, revealing the different manifestations of the "joys and sorrows" of human life. The bluesy track "Jugando con la Muerte" was inspired by the famous “gothic” TV-serial of 70th "Dark Shadows" as loudly "La Niebla" is dedicated to author’s hometown - Temuco. Homesickness has resulted in a heavy track with frequently changing tempo and overloaded leading motive. "Estrella" ("Star") is a kind of tribute to old hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad and along to one girl from the south of Chile; obviously Jose associated good memories with that and another because the track sounds bright, emotional and positive, and such experience is highly intensive due to the song’s fruitiness and lighter and faster pace than other songs have. I would put astonishing romantic song "Noctambula” in one line with "Estrella" for there’s a shock lead stoner-theme and a fantastic space rock passage that ends powerful, memorable chorus. I’ve mentioned bossa nova influences among the main ones, and it can be heard in a lengthy blues instrumentals "Solitaria" ("Solitude"). Advanced psychedelic trip "Alturas" sounds on the eve of the last song album "El Tiuke", it’s fighting spirit is explained because the song was written in support of the Mapuche, "people of the land", the only tribe in South America, which was not conquer nor by Incas or by Spaniards . So do not be surprised when you hear tribal drums in the second half of the song - it is a tribute to ancestors.

    El Gran Temor phenomenon is hardly unique to the South American stoner scene, but the songs of "Jugando Con La Muerte" absorbed well both so called "local color" and the influence of "Western" culture. The result has been the material of which the musicians themselves are very well said that: "We play music that could not be written in Chile in the 70th years." Why not ... Less attempts to expose these songs dry analysis, in the end, I want to draw your attention to the fact that the album has some really cool songs that can give odds to more famous bands, but in the end you can define it by yourself. And I hope that in the near future, Jorge finally will pick a new crew and new songs for El Gran Temor, but for now his plan is to re-release "Jugando Con La Muerte" on vinyl with a bonus track, so stay tuned! This band is worth of attention.



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    Though the ‘Förbannelsen 7” Series’ kicked off in 2011, the circle has finally been completed with three of the four discs being released over a span of several months in 2012. The mark III incarnation of Burning Saviours has shed the ill-conceived, hippy-dippy inclinations of ‘Nymphs & Weavers’ in favor of a darker, doomier approach that rivals the band’s excellent self-titled debut and the arguably greater follow-up, ‘Hundus’. The departure of vocalist/guitarist Andrei Amartinesei following the ‘Hundus’ full-length and subsequent single, ‘The Giant’, seemed to cripple the band beyond repair. The following third full-length, ‘Nymphs & Weavers’, was an odd misstep that featured uninspired songwriting and the vocals of Fredrik Andersson who paled in comparison to Amartinesei despite Andersson being a capable vocalist. The death knell had seemingly signaled the demise of Sweden’s Burning Saviours.

    After a two year slumber the band arose from the grave in 2010 with the addition of guitarist Jonas Hartikainen and original guitarist Mikael Monks assuming vocal duties. The end result is quite different from the sound established on the band’s earlier recordings, but no less compelling. Burning Saviours still occupies that realm of warm, retro-inspired hard rock that is currently being mined by numerous bands—particularly by bands from Sweden—but they are exploring a sound more congruent with the proto-doom pioneers of the 70’s. The ‘Förbannelsen 7” Series’ is darker both musically and, most notably, lyrically from the band’s self-titled debut and follow-up, ‘Hundus’. Mikael Monks has done an effective job of taking the reins and sliding into the role of front man. His voice may not be as distinctive or expressive as former vocalist Amartinesei, but he is able to belt out catchy vocal melodies that really complement the doomier direction the band has taken. 

    The 70’s influences of the collection are difficult to miss and the eight tracks effortlessly combine moments of hard rock, soulful breakdowns, Thin Lizzy inspired dueling guitars, and straight-up, unabashed doom riffs. The first single, ‘Förbannelsen’, kicks off with an upbeat title track sung in Swedish. Burning Saviours have returned. The guitar tones are warmer and richer than anything the band has recorded to this point and really illustrates that Burning Saviours aren’t merely interested in repeating the sound of their earlier recordings. “Midnight”, the B-side to “Förbannelsen”, is a more somber tune due to its slower pace and soulful lead guitar playing courtesy of Hartikainen. “Midnight” also features Monks singing in English, a trend that will continue through six of the seven remaining tracks. The second single, ‘The Offering’, begins with an ominous guitar intro reminiscent of Black Sabbath’s self-titled song from their debut before catapulting into one of the strongest, nod-inducing riffs to be found in the series. “The Offering” is easily one of the standout tracks of the collection. “Spirit of the Woods” is a barn burning, blues inspired rocker that has more in common with most of the other Swedish exports.

    The third 7”, ‘The Nightmare’, finds the band in more soulful territory, both musically and vocally. Monks really pushes himself vocally on the title track as he simultaneously laments and curses a figure from the past who haunts his dreams. While the bulk of the song has a bluesy, downtrodden feel, it does launch into moments of blistering guitar playing that brings to mind Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson in their prime. “Doomus Maximus”, another stand-out track, returns to the 70’s inspired proto-doom sound that this incarnation of Burning Saviours plays so well. Like the A-side to this single, “Doomus Maximus” has its soulful moments that appear midway through the song. The final single, ‘Hon Dansade med Döden’ kicks off with “I am Lucifer” which continues Burning Saviours’ journey into darker lyrical content by seemingly finding inspiration in Milton’s Paradise Lost. “Hon Dansade med Döden”, a proto-metal burner, appropriately bookends the 7” series by being sung exclusively in Swedish. While the end track isn’t as initially gratifying as the series opener, “Förbannelsen”, it is far from weak.

    The reformation of Burning Saviours and the ensuing release of the ‘Förbannelsen 7” Series’ has signaled the band’s return to form, albeit with a slightly different approach. While Burning Saviours has always been rooted in vintage sounding doom, the mark III incarnation seems to be delving deeper into the abyss. For those who were turned off by the band’s lamentable third release, ‘Nymphs & Weavers’, the ‘Förbannelsen 7” Series’ offers redemption in a big way. Hopefully the band will continue to follow their current trajectory and produce a full-length in 2013 that is just as good, if not better than this collection of singles. Highly recommended for fans of their earlier work, vintage sounding metal in all of its forms, and doom.

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    Professionally filmed video footage of ELDER‘s August 9th, 2010 performance at Valley Homegrown, Pioneer Valley live music television can be seen below. Download the mp3s of the live show ,HERE  courtesy of Rich Aftersabbath.
    ELDER is the definition of a work in progress, as the group continues to meld the familiar sounds of Sleep‘s colossal riffage with their ever-evolving vision of soaring melodies and sonic soundscapes. Listeners will find themselves locked into the trio’s lengthy epics, which toe the line between the chasms of classic stoner metal and mindblowing psychedelia.

    Since the release of 2010?s Dead Roots Stirring, their second full-length record for MeteorCity Records, Elder has continued to push their sound in more dynamic and inspiring directions, while still holding true to their original methodology: all heavy, no filler.




    ELDER has been confirmed for  Roadburn Festival 2013 on Saturday, April 20th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

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    Fan-filmed video footage of KRUX— the Swedish band featuring CANDLEMASS bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mats Levén, ex-ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, guitarist Jörgen Sandström (also in THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED/GRAVE), OPETH/ex-ARCH ENEMY guitarist Fredrik Åkesson and keyboardist Carl Westholm— performing on December 15, 2012 at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Eindhoven, Holland can be seen below.

    KRUX's third album, "III - He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars", was released last year via Mascot Records/GMR Music Group.

    In an interview with Queens Of Steel, Sandström stated about "III - He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars", "We didnt wanna repeat ourselves from the previous albums even though it sounds like KRUX. Also, it has been some years since we recorded the last album and our mindset is different at this moment and time... although our minds are always set towards the heavy side of metal when it comes to creating KRUX material."

    When asked if KRUX has incorporated new influences into its sound on the new album, Sandström said, "I guess when being overall music lovers there are new influences coming in from everywhere, be it rock or metal in any form (doom, black, death, etc.). I can definitely hear some influences from bands that Leif has mentioned over the years… HAWKWIND, early MANOWAR, JUDAS PRIEST, etc."


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  • 12/24/12--09:41: Have a Doomy Christmas ...
  • * Yes Santa, Christmas does suck *

    Well actually it never used to suck. There was a time when Christmas was a day full of love and surprises. That was before friends and family started dropping like flies and Christmas day turned into a solo experience and just another bleak holiday. I thought last years Christmas was the boring day to end all boring days but looking back on it now, it seems like pure joy compared to what this year has brought us. As I type this, we are three hours away from being homeless once again. We have several options on how to spend the next week or two. We can camp out but it is damn cold so we are trying to avoid that. Ed can get into a man's shelter a few miles from here while I can go to woman's shelter about 20 miles from here but that will split us up at a time when we need each other so much so that option is depressing to say the least. We are also still waiting to hear back from the doctor over Ed's cancer test results so we are playing the waiting and guessing game on that as well (not that they can ring us anyway - any kind of phone is a pure luxury item at this stage in the game).

    So that is where we are at - for those that care enough to read this. We are aware that some people are sick of reading about our misery but this message will hopefully save us from having to answer the dozens of questions we receive weekly over our horrible situation. As we enter this homeless stage once again, Doommantia.Com will again be in a free-fall position. It is up to other writers and Whitney Doomm@niac to keep this site alive for what it is worth. We will have none or very little internet access over the next few days. Despite us about to go into our worst Christmas ever, we would like to thank everyone for sticking with us the past few months and putting up with our depressive tales of homelessness, health issues and heart-ache. It is just easier to update everything this way than to try and answer hundreds of emails. We hope you all have a great Christmas and all get some yummy food in your collective bellies. We will be with you in spirit and hopefully some of your good-feeling will float our way.

    Also don't forget about the close to 100,000 children that are currently homeless in this country. There will be very little joy for them on this "lets pretend to love each other kind of day" so please consider the plight of others. This experience that we have been through has really opened our eyes to the horrible ways some of us have to live and it is so easy to forget or ignore what is happening to these people. This year has been the worst ever for us but we are not alone. Please give whenever possible.....Sally Bethhall


    PS: Thanks to everyone who is trying to help. You can't get blood out of stone but you can sure as hell try. We love you all.
    PPS: And no we won't be posting pictures of ourselves in this situation. It is bad enough we have to go through this, we don't need it to be rubbed in our faces every-time we log onto this site.

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    Quality fan-filmed video footage of MY DYING BRIDE's December 15, 2012 performance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Eindhoven, Holland can be seen below.

    MY DYING BRIDE's new album, "A Map Of All Our Failures", was released on October 15 in Europe and October 16 in the U.S. via Peaceville Records on CD, double vinyl and special-edition CD+DVD. The effort was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, England with the band's longtime production partner Rob "Mags" Magoolagan at the helm.

    According to a press release, "a step up from 2009's 'For Lies I Sire' — which set and subsequently met new heights of expectation placed upon the legendary Yorkshire doom troupe — 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is a further voyage into the darkest depths of humanity, religion, folklore, love and death. MY DYING BRIDE's distinctively sumptuous dual-guitar melodies effortlessly flood into juggernaut doom metal riffs, with the vocals of Aaron Stainthorpe weaving a rich tapestry of tragic tales into the accompanying soundscapes. 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is perhaps best and most effectively summarized by guitarist Andrew Craighan, who describes the album as 'a controlled demolition of all your hopes.'"

    "A Map Of All Our Failures" track listing:

    01. Kneel Till Doomsday
    02. The Poorest Waltz
    03. A Tapestry Scorned
    04. Like A Perpetual Funeral
    05. A Map Of All Our Failures
    06. Hail Odysseus
    07. Within The Presence Of Absence
    08. Abandoned As Christ

    MY DYING BRIDE recently launched a mini-site  for "A Map Of All Our Failures", featuring album info, audio, video, downloads and more.





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    From the band ..... "We are proud to present the live video of The Cemetery of Colossus from our 2012 album Melpomene. It was filmed on 05.10.2012. at Melna- Piektdiena club, Riga, Latvia. We wish you all Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year! See you all in 2013! Doom on!"


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    DSW come from the sunny, coastal town of Lecce in the deep Italian South,  but they dream of the deep American desert. And they love heavy music. They are: Stefano "Wolf" Lombardi on vocals, Marco Papadia on guitar, Stephen Butelli on bass guitar and Fabio Zullino on drums. DSW is a rather young band. Their early performances during 2010 culminated in the making of the appreciated debut EP “Dawn Storm Watchers” (2011). The entrance of singer Stefano "Wolf" Lombardi lead to a stabilized line-up that immediately worked on the debut full-length album, “Dust Storm Warning” out during 2012. The album is the first release of the new, independent Italian heavy psych rock label Acid Cosmonaut Records. Dust Storm Warning is out as digital as well as “solid” format on the label’s Bandcamp page and is distributed also via mighty Ozium Records. They play classic stoner-desert rock variably mixed with retro prog/psychedelic and space metal as well as grunge greatly indebted to a list of bands that the quartet don’t try to hide, so big is their love for the Masters. And, well, deep passion added to technics is what makes Dust Storm Warning a truly enjoyable experience, a trip into sounds that many of us dig, as well as an almost one hour-long escape into a relieving imaginary desert landscapes. Unless you are not are not actually already into that scene, backing in the sun and with dusty boots in some desert around the world …

    Rock as an escape, yes. It worked many times and still works, and not only for four young guys living in (Southern) Italy in a difficult period. In DSW rock is boiling hot and working well for several reasons: the many fat, juicy riffs coming from Marco Papadia’s and Stephen Butelli’s distorted guitars booming and howling around, from Wolf’s amazing vocal performances, from the many shades and changing moods in DSW’s music, for the ability of religiously quoting the Masters and yet building up a fresh and intriguing album able to grab the attention of the listener for quite a substantial time span. Dust Storm Warning includes 11 tracks organized as a more or less regular oscillation between the faster and anyway heavily rocking tunes of broad Kyussian imprint and atmospheric tracks or intervals where moods are described either via evoking grunge melancholy (Mad Season came to my mind …) or via retro-sounding prog psychedelic and space rock.  Kyuss does not exhaust the range of sources of inspiration or what you can pick out from the tunes. DSW’s heavy rocking sound shares features, for example, also with QOTSA and Monster Magnet’s dynamics, Nebula’s and 500 Ft. Of Pipe’s trippy drug rock, bearded metal groove à-la-Alabama Thunderpussy/Orange Goblin/Red Fang, as well as some great acid and hard bluesy vibes as in Clutch, Fatso Jetson and/or the wonderful Josiah. For example feel those vibes in the doped track 666.1.333, after the starting cough and laugh over what must have been a faaaaat joint indeed!

    Vocals need a special mention in this band: Wolf is a great singer indeed. He has an impressive tonal range, with a powerful gritty deep voice à-la-Clutch when he roars as well as a way charming soft tone in the introspective, grungy parts where Wolf’s voice may recall Eddie Vedder’s but not quite. You may think another singer is involved. The atmospheric, slow parts are mostly instrumental and built up either as separated jam sessions or as introduction to longer tracks. There the band’s guys pay their homage especially to Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, krautrock and several other great space-psych-prog rock bands of the past and, why not, modern bands as well.  I must say I prefer when these soft, psyched-out instrumental jamming parts smoothly merge into the heavy rock rhythms instead of being too long and indulging into melancholy while going nowhere as in the suite Dune. Well, just my opinion. I loved the hard’n’heavy rock shots like Outrun, but I also appreciated those tracks when the different stylistic features of this band interact. For me this band is particularly made for heavy rock and the fine spacey psych digressions work well in creating expectation for the riff explosion to come, like the soft rumble of a storm which is still far away. Also, one can’t stay without hearing that awesome voice and those howling guitars too long, eh eh …
    And I have the feeling that more stormy, dusty, boiling hot rock will come from DSW soon soon!

    Words by Marilena Moroni

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    2012 has been a great year indeed in the world underground metal panorama for innumerable reasons, many of which are declinated in the numerous lists of “best of” posted in blogs and webzines and/or in the yearly additions to our personal collection of tunes. For those who dig incredibly heavy, punishing and filthy music, well, 2012 has been a fruitful year for three additional reasons, both coming form New Zealand: the rise of Open Tomb, the reissue of Meth Drinker’s 2011 self-titled debut LP  (see my review HERE) by the Danish label Raw Birth Records and, last but absolutely not least, the making of new stuff by mighty Meth Drinker, notably with said Open Tomb.

    And if a rain of meteorites won’t fulfill in 2013 what Maya promised for 2012, Meth Drinker will do their best when they shall invade Europe for their first crushing tour during next May 2013. Year 2013 will also see, hopefully, a new split involving Meth Drinker with Moloch and the announced second round in the reissue of Meth Drinker’s album on Raw Birth Records as the first press went rapidly sold out. The split between Meth Drinker and Open Tomb has been co-released as limited edition LP a few months ago by Always Never Fun & United Blasphemy Tapes. The New Zealand underground label Always Never Fun is the mother label for Meth Drinker, as it is run by affiliates of the band and, together with blog Drug Violence, is deeply connected to the magmatic underground metal and punk scene down there. United Blasphemy Tapes is the label managed by Open Tomb guys. So basically a diy production, done masterfully. One of the 250 LPs arrived from New Zealand to my mailbox in Italy. The postage fares are punishing, unfortunately, but it was worth the effort. With Meth Drinker and Open Tomb we are dealing with sludge/doom metal of the filthiest and most punishing and suffering brand: slow, raw, dark, suffocating, crushingly heavy and sewage dirty, deadly toxic music which leaves scars both in your skin and in your eyes and soul.

    As to the latter effect, Meth Drinker’s videos are by now well known for their shocking and “not for the squeamish” character, even if the band do not indulge in gore. They just have to take inspiration from human frailty (baleful effects from drug slavery, illness, mental diseases) and human “pride” (war). So the patchwork-styled cover art of the new split is achingly revolting and macabre, almost hinting more to a league of goregrind bands than to a bunch of ultra-slow and ultra-heavy sludge-doom metallers. But, well, also bands like Corrupted used shocking macabre photos instead of wizards or goats on their cover art. Before starting with the split I would like to say a few words about Open Tomb, as it is more than due and as the band shares a few features with fellows Meth Drinker. The band guys in this trio from Hamilton, Northern Island, come from past experiences in doom, death and black metal as well as in grindcore and hardcore crust-punk, e.g., like in their previous “fast and ugly” grind-punk project Gawj. What an extreme change …! Open Tomb had been launched by the monster 2011 New Zealand compilation LP "Welcome to the Arse-End of the World" released by Always Never Fun Records and hosting single “Damned to Forgive”. The guys (i.e. Dane on drums and vocals, Sean on guitars and vocals, and Tonamu on bass) eventually infected the world with their crushing self-titled EP recorded in 2011 and fully spread around via Bandcamp in mid 2012. I happened to read somewhere in the web that Open Tomb involved a new second guitarist, Kurt Silva, in the split with Meth Drinker. Since early December 2012 two brand new tracks are out in tape format for the New Zealand underground label Zero Style and can be streamed on Bandcamp.

    So the split here is opened by two tracks by Open Tomb, i.e “Off with His Hands” and “Hostile Womb”,  followed by three tracks by Meth Drinker, i.e. “Dehumanize”, “From Beyond” and “731”. The latter is the soundtrack to the latest Meth Drinker’s video. The bands share genres, attitudes and features but obviously have their own style. They duly show “two faces of revolting sludge”, two personal ways of making that “obnoxious” kind of sludge-doom metal, as brightly and essentially depicted by webzine Six Noises: i.e., not the one singing about “ whiskey sippin,’ thunderclouds-a-gathering, sweaty clubs and down-home big fat riffs”, but the one conjuring up images of “broken glass, rubbish-strewn wastelands, dirty needles, infected leg sores, rotting teeth and very unhealthy co-dependent relationships”. To do so both bands adopt extreme slowness and pitch-black, suffocating atmospheres, tortured vocals and totally unpolished ultra-heavy sounds from deeply downtuned guitars/bass and funereal, plodding drumming.

    Open Tomb’s style in their two long suites is particularly raw and to-the-bone crusty funeral doom. Ultra-slow riffing possesses a haunting, somehow ritual and primitive character as found in Finnish Horse Latitudes or in UK Conan. Atmospheres are dark although, incredibly, glimpses of Sabbathian groove are still to be caught in those sinister and unmistakable seismic vibrations of the riffs. Scary double vocals bring about loads of sonic torture and filth while finding their way though the suffocating heaviness of the composition. As expected from the background of the band, crust accelerations are occasionally attempted that wake you up from the toxic hypnosis but give you a feeling of vertigo, as if you wake up from your chemical unconsciousness and find yourself with your feet on a ledge. Meth Drinker follow with their breathtaking glacier-like heaviness. Of the three tracks included in the split, only one is rather long (slightly over 7 minutes). In any case they guys always unfold their impressively rich sound ranging from stripped-down, numbing noisy drone to funeral doom/sludge to furious and dissonant crusty accelerations and death metal riff surges to echoes of almost epic, Sabbathian doom. Just majestic.  Guitars are growling like thunders and vocals (dual vocals here as well) are hardly human. The second and the third tracks host samples of spoken parts and excepts from movies carrying highly disturbing moans and yelps. The third, longest track, 731, the one of the new video, is stunning as it develops as a galloping march of giants via an impressive cyclic riff pattern. Bass and the backing percussions are just seismic and the whole thing will swallow you like a vortex of viscous molten lava.

    If you are unable to stay away from sick, slow and raw heaviness like in Grief, Corrupted, Noothgrush, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Dystopia, Thou, Hell, Moloch, etc., you have to possess this item. I don’t need to add much else apart from the fact that MORE IS NEEDED FROM THESE TWO BANDS! And for those who will be at reach during May 2013, go and catch these devastating Kiwi sludge-doom monsters when they will invade Europe together with Graves At Sea.
    Take note -  Tour period:
    6th – 18th May – Graves at Sea (us) / Meth Drinker (nz)
    18th- 25th May - Meth Drinker (nz) / Dead Instrument (dk)

    More information at Killtown Bookings ( HERE )

    Words by Marilena Moroni

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    Texas doom-metal veterans Las Cruces are currently writing new material and preparing to enter the studio for their 2013 as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album. The album will be a follow up to 2010's "Dusk" released worldwide via Brainticket Records. The band will also re-release their entire catalogue to include a vinyl edition of 1998's "Ringmaster", initially released via Brainticket Records.

    In other news, Las Cruces will now be managed by Leigh Olson Management and Media Relations who is the wife and personal manager of Jeff "Oly" Olson, original drummer of doom-metal legends Trouble. Moreover, Las Cruces is currently entertaining new record labels as well as scheduling a summer 2013 U.S. tour. Tour dates will be announced soon.   

    Guitarist George Trevino founded Las Cruces back in 1994 in San Antonio, Texas and has since made his mark across The Lone Star State and the American doom-metal scene. It's no wonder why Daniel Bukszpan, author of "The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal", acknowledges Las Cruces as "one of the genre's leading proponents." 

    Las Cruces' current lineup is as follows:

    George Trevino - Guitar
    Mando Tovar - Guitar
    Jimmy Bell - Bass
    Paul DeLeon - Drums/Vocals



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    Caravan of Whores brings heavy combination of doom’n’stoner straight from Oxfordshire, check both of their Eps “A Cosmic Interlude” and “Road to Kurti” – yes, it’s a smuggling, but it would be a real crime to miss such a good catch. So play few songs onto their bandcamp as you read this interview with Pete, the man who plays bass and sings in the band.

    Salute Pete! How are you mate? What did happen with the band after release of your second Ep “Road to Kurti” in august 2012?

    Not a lot really, Kurti got great reviews by the online webzines, which is always nice, but in reality nothing really happened. Jamie started his 2nd year at Uni, which stemmed our gigging as its a very intensive course, we actually turned down a few bloody good London shows as we just couldn’t afford to get to them. It’s been tough. The Metal Hammer cover mount in the summer did fuck all for us, which was a bit of a disappointment, but then, we didn’t want that song on it as its the least representative of us, the lads don’t like playing 'NOW' as it harks back to a time before them, I wrote that in 2002 I think! But we didn’t have a choice of the track choice and as it was free so, nothing ventured nothing gained, ah well!

    You released your first Ep “A Cosmic Interlude” via Kerosene Records and “Road to Kurti” has been released by the band, though you have pretty strong stuff. Why didn’t you find a label for this time?

    Ah, Interlude was also self released, the whole kerosene thing was a joke and a steep learning curve, a testament to my naivety. It didn’t/hasn’t put us off being on a label and we have/are trying still., but, there’s a lot of bands out there chasing the same thing. We are still hopeful that someone somewhere can hear the potential we have and would like to sign us, just waiting for that person to make the connection.

    Damn, I see that things are difficult to make Caravan goes further on full speed; does it mean that band is in a state of stagnation now? How does it manifest it’s activity nowadays?

    It’s a labour of love, we are all into this 110% .Jonny and me travel to Brighton as often as we can to rehearse the set, we use the Uni holidays for working on new material when Jamie comes back to Oxfordshire, its difficult but we make it work as best we can. We try not to write any more material than we can knock into good enough shape for others to hear or nothing ever gets consolidated, we are just finishing 3 more songs which we will creep into the set and will be the basis of the next E.P. at a point in the future to be recorded.

    What are songs from “Road to Kurti” about? Are their subjects close to reality or is it only your imagination?

    My lyrics come from reality, I can’t write rock'n'roll ditties about cars, women, 
    nk, war/violence glorification. We all have a story and most are similar I like to keep it real.
    “Drug Queen” is about the culture of drugs from my long experience, I am 47 and have seen a lot of bad things and experienced such highs and lows in every respect, I tried to capture this as an observation which can be read as it fits the listener
    “Mister Bendy Man” is about the leeches and assholes that I have come across and is aimed at someone I knew, we all know one, they get in your life and take everything if you let them, everyone comes across these fools.
    “Your God Is Dead”, ha, I have no time for religion anyway, its a sign of the weakness of mankind [I didn’t say humanity as I haven’t witnessed much of that lately].This song however was written after watching a religious debate between all the different superstitious factions, where all I witnessed was intolerance, hate, arrogance and everything that is wrong with this world .This is about all your gods, not any one, all of them. People are sheep, a bewildered herd, being shepherded by the greed of a few. WAKE UP.
    “Waiting”, I think waiting speaks for itself, we can all wait till it’s too late, be brave, have a go, its better to try and fail than not bother at all, but oddly for me, this is a song of hope.

    Caravan of Whores’ songs are solid and heavy, yet they have that cosmic psychedelic vibe that I have to ask - do you compose them under influence of some natural or supernatural substances?

    We like a smoke, I make no bones about that, but we are also passionate about our music which is the most important factor, the songs just come out this way, Jonny is a space rocker, Jamie is a jam man and into more ethereal sounds, I bring the dirt, the sound is deffo a culmination of all these factors, you can tell when bands all have the same influence because invariably they will sound like that.

    Caravan of Whores - "Now"




    Don’t you ever think to stop take any substances? I guess that such things leave their trace on people anyway – as alcohol for example, man I just was enduring a most terrible hangover this morning that’s why I’m asking.

    Yup, horses for courses, some of have dabbled much further than most, but are strong enough to know when to stop. I had a spiralling drink problem that ended in alcoholism, took me 22 years to figure that out, I have been dry for over 5 years now with the support from my wife Jane, best thing I ever did as thats when I was able to throw myself into music as a way of healing myself, I like to think it has worked. A lot of my lyrics still reflect the times and feelings of self loathing, despair etc due to the alcohol and to the reasons behind the alcoholism now I can be honest to myself about it. I am sure I am not the only one who has been through this.

    What are main features of your music? What do you value in it the most?

    I would like to think originality, we can and do cross boundaries and I like to think that we are all happy with what we perform without any personal compromise so far.

    Would you like to do any experiments with Caravan of Whores sound in a future? Would you like to make it heavier or add there some space or psychedelic rock vibe?

    We write songs as opposed to a piece of music with the lyrics as a secondary and our sound will constantly evolve, we try not to make any 2 songs sound the same and have dropped plenty because of this, also it depends on the song, if we need to tap into different sounds to make a song work then we will do. We will not just stay with one sound I am sure and like to experiment, however, we intend staying a 3 piece and will not write what we could never do justice to live, as essentially, we are a live band and do not believe in playing safe and sticking to a specific sound because its expected or easy, which is probably why people don’t understand us so much as say a Down/Electric Wizard sounding band, where listeners almost know what’s coming next.

    Man, you’re from Oxfordshire, it’s a land with long and glorious history, do you feel it? And look – do you feel a kind of responsibility as you represent your land with Caravan of Whores to world’s underground community?

    No.


    How do you like an idea of Russian Heavy Metal Guide with that video contest between Caravan of Whore and Turbowolf?

    The Russians have great taste obviously.

    I know that collaboration between bands sometimes help to find the way to labels and listeners, do you have such brothers at arms who can support your show or maybe to do a split-album in a future?

    No-one springs to mind, we are friendly with a lot of bands that we have shared stages with, however, we are a bit isolated and not really in a position to offer anyone a split and have certainly never had much in the way of interest in the respect of a split from anyone, probably as we aren’t current on the scene as it is or maybe people are a bit scared of us as we are a bit rough round the edges, poor by UK standards and a bit to honest for most to handle.

    Man, I just have to ask you about band’s name – how did you figure it out?

    Watching the late Heath Ledger version of the 4 feathers, I heard our name and that was it, we lifted that onto the front of Kurti so we wouldn’t get asked the next question.

    Do you ever deal with prostitutes? I guess that it’s not the best variant because of insanitary, I never deal with it but my mate did...

    We deal with a different kind of prostitute than those in the sex industry, we still seem to get fucked though, go figure. The world is being prostituted and we are all guilty.



    What is your maximum task for the band, what would you like to achieve in 2013?

    Easy, to make a living from this, We have so much more to offer but are constrained by day jobs, we have got this far on determination, unfortunately that can only get you so far. We will try to keep moving forward, writing rehearsing gigging when we can and afford to, you know, when we get a show we have to train Jamie back before we put diesel in to get to show, we spent more than we had in 2012, 2013 is going to be tighter financially for everyone, not just us. It’s a sign of the times and has to be rolled with. We just want to get noticed, get some bigger shows and keep the Caravan Of Whores moving forward.

    Okay, the only thing I can help you is wishing you a good luck on your way! Thanks for the interview Pete, I hope that it’ll help a bit it Caravan of Whores!

    Interview By Aleks

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    SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) — has issued the following year-end update:

    "Happy New Year, rockers! Thank you for your support and patience in 2012. We're looking forward to being a lot more active in 2013, that's for sure! At the moment, we're in the process of putting the final touches on the new official SPIRITUAL BEGGARS studio album. Release dates and more information on the new studio album will be announced soon. We're also booking a European tour for April/May 2013 and more shows in other parts of the world, celebrating our 20th anniversary as a band and the release of our new album!"

    SPIRITUAL BEGGARS' new CD is expected in the via InsideOut Music.

    The band will perform at next year's Roadburn festival on April 21, 2013 at 013 in Tilburg, Holland.

    SPIRITUAL BEGGARS last year released a live CD entitled "Return To Live: Loud Park 2010" in Japan via Trooper Entertainment. The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at Loud Park 10 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17, 2010. The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at Studio Landgren 5.3 and The Sweet Spot Studio in December 2010. The artwork and design was handled by Hippograffix.

    The new lineup of SPIRITUAL BEGGARS made its live debut on October 1, 2010 at Kyttaro club in Athens, Greece.

    SPIRITUAL BEGGARS's seventh studio album, "Return To Zero", was released in Japan on August 25, 2010 via Trooper Entertainment Inc. — the label founded by legendary Japanese heavy metal music industry guru Tetsu Miyamoto. The Japanese special edition comes in a glossy paper box with a poster and a sticker of the CD front cover. The Japanese edition also features a bonus track, a thunderous cover of URIAH HEEP's "Time To Live" off the legendary U.K. band's 1971 "Salisbury" record.

    "Return To Zero" was released in North America on October 12, 2010 via InsideOut Music. The follow-up to 2005's "Demons" was recorded at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson.

    SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2012 is:

    Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) - Guitar
    Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) - Drums
    Per Wiberg (OPETH) - Keyboards
    Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, MERCYFUL FATE) - Bass
    Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) – Vocals

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    Welcome to 2013. It is time again for top album lists for 2012. We will be posting these in several parts and you are welcome to send in your own and we will publish them on the site. Stay tuned for lists from more writers, readers and forum members.

    Jort - Doommantia Forum Member

    1. Ice Dragon – Tome of the Future Ancients
    2. Ice Dragon – Dream Dragon
    3. The Disease Concept – Liquor Bottles & Broken Steel
    4. Wo Fat – The Black Code
    5. King Giant – Dismal Hollow
    6. Christian Mistress – Possession
    7. Adrift For Days – Come Midnight
    8. Pallbearer – Sorrow & Extinction
    9. Slomatics – A Hocht
    10. Pale Divine – Painted Windows Black

    Lots of other highlights for this year though (Hexvessel, Moonless, Groan, Chelsea Wolfe, Arkham Witch, Vanderbuyst, Witch Hazel, Venomous Maximus, Hangman's Chair etc. etc., and lots of great older stuff I got to know and got hooked on in 2012.

    Jack Sabbath - Doommantia Writer & Forum Member
    In no particular order.

    Aldebaran - Embracing The Lightless Depths
    Abysmal Grief - Celebrate What They Fear
    Coffinworm - Great Bringer Of Night
    Dopethrone - III
    Eyehategod - New Orleans is the New Vietnam
    Electric Wizard - Legalise Drugs and Murder
    From Beyond - One Year
    High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    Morbid Wizard - Necrosis Of The Eyeball
    OM - Advaitic Songs
    Serpentine Path - s/t
    Stoned Jesus - Seven Thunders Roar
    The Moon Mistress - Silent Voice Inside
    The Reverend of Despair - At The Edge Of The World
    Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Primum
    Undersmile - Narwhal
    Witch Mountain - Cauldron Of The Wild
    Worship - Terranean Wake

    Spartan Force - Doommantia Forum Member
    Down - IV (EP)
    Nile - At the Gate of Sethu
    Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
    Bell Witch - Longing
    Conan - Monnos
    High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    Ice Dragon - greyblackfalconhawk
    Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65
    Baroness - Yellow and Green
    Death - Spiritual Healing (2012 remaster)
    Storm Corrosion - S/T
    Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay
    Cynic - The Portal Tapes


    Kuwa Slayne - Forum Member & Writer
    Top Releases of 2012

    13. Bedemon – Symphony of Shadows
    12. Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65
    11. Northwinds – Winter
    10. Kadavar – S/T
    9. Ice Dragon - greyblackfalconhawk
    8. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
    7. In the Company of Serpents – S/T
    6. Demonic Death Judge – Skygods
    5. Slomatics – A Hocht
    4. Revelation – Inner Harbor
    3. Reino Ermitaño - Veneración Del Fuego
    2. Ice Dragon – Tome of the Future Ancients
    1. Uzala – S/T

    Top EPs, Singles & Demos 2012

    5. Balam – S/T
    4. Spelljammer – Vol. II
    3. Apostle of Solitude – Demo 2012
    2. Burning Saviours – Förbannelsen 7” Series
    1. Tentacle – Void Abyss

    Top Live Performances 2012

    3. Saint Vitus – Bluebird Theater
    2. Mudhoney – Bluebird Theater
    1. Denver Doom Fest – 3 Kings Tavern

    Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

    8. Serpent Venom
    7. Brothers of the Sonic Cloth
    6. Peacemaker
    5. The Black Angels
    4. Apostle of Solitude
    3. Uzala
    2. Black Sabbath (out of morbid curiosity)
    1. The next three releases from Ice Dragon or anything from Tentacle or Slow Heart.

    Doomed Poet - Forum Member & Writer

    1. My Dying Bride: A Map of Our Failures ( Death doom metal)- what can I say about this album? MDB returned to their roots and mixed their old school death doom metal sound with the gothic doom sound and that mixture sounds really really good. Aaron's lyrics are even better then before and that says much ( every MDB fan knows that Aaron is one of the best lyrics writer in metal). His clean vocals are also getting better with years; and don't forget the debut perfomance of Shaun, who brings back the spirit of the legendary violinist Martin Powell.
    2. Candlemass: Psalms for the Dead (Epic Doom Metal)
    3. Undersmile Narwhal (Drone doom metal)- I love all doom metal subgenres, but drone doom is my least favourite because I have to be in a right mood to listen to it and because there a lot of unoriginal bands on the scene. This album shocked me
    4. Dead Can Dance: Anastasis ( Dark ambient/ethereal) This album finally got me into DCD.
    5. The Cage (also known as Martin&Mollo): The Third Cage ( Traditional heavy metal) My favourite singer Tony Martin ( ex. Black Sabbath) cannot do a bad album. Even if he cannot reach those high notes as he used to do in his Sabbath era, he can still do a bloody god job a vocalist. And if he is accompanied by the talented guitarist Mollo, you should know this album is really good.
    6. Rush: Clockwork Angels ( Progressive heavy rock): It seems that Rush are getting even better and heavier with years
    7. Ensiferum: Unsung Heroes (Melodic death/folk metal): I know that some people hated this album, but I enjoyed it because it shows a more experimental and less melodic side of Ensiferum.
    8.Om: Advaitic Songs (Stoner Doom/experimental metal)

    I have to check those album or to listen to them more: the début Pallbearer, the new Sword album, the new Pig destroyer album, The new Arkham Witch, The new Evoken, the new Kiss, the new Enslaved, the new Funeral, the new Ashes You Leave... I guess I would have included those bands on the list if I had checked those album/listened to them more...

    The biggest surprises:
    1. Undersmile: Narwhal
    2. Rush: Clockwork Angels
    3. Bedemon (Proto doom metal): Symphony of Shadows- although this was not on the list of the best records of the year, I wasn't expecthing much from doom metal pioneers and I was wrong.

    The biggest dissapoitments:
    1. R.I.P. Jon Lord
    2. Saint Vitus: Lillie: F-65 I would prefer the longer album next time and with less instrumentals.
    3. That Robert Lowe left Candlemass Sad I hope that means he will finally do another Solitude Aeturnus album!
    4. That Candlemass won't release any new albums
    5. That Black Sabbath didn't release the new album this year and that Tony is ill ( get will Tony!)
    6. Cathedral are going to finnish their carrier

    The best gigs of the year:
    1. Nazareth& Wishbone Ash& Grega Habic( Band, Križanke, Ljubljana- Especially the Wishbone Ash part
    2. Pagan Altar , Komen, Metal Mania- even if Pagan Altar played only 45 min set, they still rocked. I am really happy that I have finally seen them. I also 3/5 of the band ( Vince and Alan were missing).

    What I am looking foward to ( in the music sense):
    1. The new Black Sabbath album in april
    2. I hope that Black Sabbath will tour near Slovenia (or even come to Slovenia, but this is almost impossible)
    3. Metaldays to see My Dying Bride, Pentagram, Candlemass, Enslaved, Orange Goblin, Ensiferum, Overkill.. on one fest!
    4. Dead Can Dance gig, Križanke, Ljubljana
    5. Agalloch gig in Nova Gorica
    6. I hope that Blood Farmers will release a new album this year
    7. I hope the same for Solitude Aeturnus

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    It goes without saying that there is a lot of great doom metal around these days, so much great doom in-fact that knowing what to buy when you have limited cash is a tough call. Well here is a tip, here is one album that is worth every penny and one where the sampling of tracks is not needed. Gallow God's "The Veneration of Serpents" is an album that doom metal purists crave because albums of this kind of quality only arrive a few times a year and sometimes much, much less. The band play a morose style of traditional doom metal while avoiding most of the more obvious cliches associated with the genre. The album carefully blends crushing doom, majestic and pure with passages of melancholic elegance and the entire album (especially the first half) flows with one hair-raising, spine-chilling, head-shattering moment after another.

    There are no weak moments on this album but the songs in the albums first half stand out a little more than the second half but I think that has more to do with reaching such a high early in the albums running order. Everything about this album echoes the highest quality classic doom metal bands from the vocals which are in the vain of Chritus Linderson although dare I say even stronger and more commanding. The guitar work is amazing throughout and has a magnetic, hypnotic vibe while the rest of the band play with passion and authenticity. 'The Veneration of Serpents' kicks off with 'The Circle' and it is obvious from the get-go that this is an album to drown yourself in. The 8 tracks that are featured on this album stretch the albums playing time past the 70 minute mark so this is an album you will need to get comfortable for. While the album is long, it never seems that way listening to it. The flow of the songs is such that even the longest tracks seem concise and to the point which is a rare accomplishment for a epic doom metal album. 'The Circle' is by far the albums most assessable track so every track that follows seems a lot more complex by comparison. The track that follows; 'Waters of Death, Thy Hands will not Cleanse' is another amazingly epic track with fine instrumental sections but the album has many other highlights too.

    'At Eternity’s Gate' is the perfect track to follow 'Waters of Death, Thy Hands will not Cleanse' and what really stands out with this beast is the vocal performance. All the tracks feature great vocals but this tune is one of those spine-chilling moments we hinted at earlier. The emotions unleashed on this album are "too real" by default. In other words, it is one of those rare doom metal albums that can truly move the listener emotionally rather than just bombarding the listener with one monster doom riff after another. The album has depth that few other albums ever come close to reaching. Gallow God are a fairly original band by trad-doom standards but I guess the nearest comparisons would be Warning, Mirror of Deception, Revelation and Mourn but there is nothing on this album that could be considered a recycling job. While opening track 'The Circle' is the most infectious tune on first listen, the title track 'The Veneration of Serpents' comes real close to beating it for accessibility. This is a beautiful yet forlorn track that showcases the bands writing excellence.

    The only time that the album gets a "be there, done that" kind of vibe is in the next track 'A Miser’s Land' which seems like a generic doom dirge compared to what else is on the release. It is not a bad track by any means but it is the only time in the album where it turns into "run-of-the-mill" or "by-the-numbers" doom metal. What makes this track seem so ordinary is it has none of the spark of the other tracks. There are no dramatic tempo or mood changes which is what makes the rest of the album so great but then the album takes a surprising turn. They have recorded of all things a cover of 'Scarborough Fair' and yes we are talking the Simon and Garfunkel folk ballad. Unlike some bands that treat songs like this one like some kind of comedic interlude, Gallow God take it very seriously indeed and they nail it in a very mesmerizing way. If you know the song, there is no big surprises except it is a doomified version and a great one at that. To be honest, I (Ed) have always hated the song till now, but Gallow God breathe new life into the tired old tune and do a fantastic job.

    'Gaslight' is another one of the albums more plod-worthly tracks and is no great shakes but it is no throwaway piece either, just a doomy dirge in the time-honored tradition. The album then ends in magical fashion with 'The Cranes of Ibycus' which is perhaps the albums heaviest track, at least in terms of riffs and mood. It might not offer up anything different from what else in on the album but it is one of the albums most potent and addictive epic tracks and a excellent way to finish off the release. Out of 8 tracks, 6 tracks are flawless examples of how to make epic traditional doom metal and the other two tracks are nothing to complain about either really, considering the albums first half really spoils the eardrums. The album may fall down ever so slightly in its second half but overall, this is the first essential purchase for 2013....9/10.

    Words: Ed & Sally

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    Heavy Glow is officially announcing the following West Coast U.S. Tour Dates in support of an upcoming 7" Vinyl Release. They will be joined by Michael Amster of Tee Pee Record's recording group Blaak Heat Shujaa:

    Jan 10  The Rogue Bar----------Scottsdale, AZ
    Jan 11  Hotel Monte Vista------Flagstaff, AZ
    Jan 13  The Cheyenne Saloon----Las Vegas, NV
    Jan 15  Johnny B's-------------Medford, OR
    Jan 16  The Nectar Lounge------Seattle, WA
    Jan 17  East End---------------Portland, OR
    Jan 18  Cloud and Kelly's------Corvallis, OR
    Jan 19  The Alibi--------------Arcata, CA
    Jan 23  Hotel Utah Saloon------San Francisco, CA
    Jan 24  Audie's Olympic--------Fresno, CA
    Jan 25  Shea's Tavern----------Reno, NV
    Jan 26  Whiskey Dick's Saloon--South Lake Tahoe, CA
    Jan 27  Sandrini's-------------Bakersfield, CA
    Jan 28  The Roxy---------------Los Angeles, CA
    Jan 29  The Soda Bar-----------San Diego, CA

    The "A" and "B" side of their upcoming 7" are STREAMING here:
    https://soundcloud.com/heavyglowmusic/headhunter
    https://soundcloud.com/heavyglowmusic/mine-all-mine
    Heavy Glow | Official Website

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    "The Poorest Waltz", the new video from U.K. doom metallers MY DYING BRIDE, can be seen below. The clip tells the story of a midnight tryst between two young village men and a dorm of blind girls locked in a sanatorium, who dance the night away to elegant music and home made wine.

    "The Poorest Waltz" comes off MY DYING BRIDE's new album, "A Map Of All Our Failures", which was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe and October 16, 2012 in the U.S. via Peaceville Records on CD, double vinyl and special-edition CD+DVD. The effort was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, England with the band's longtime production partner Rob "Mags" Magoolagan at the helm.

    According to a press release, "a step up from 2009's 'For Lies I Sire' — which set and subsequently met new heights of expectation placed upon the legendary Yorkshire doom troupe — 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is a further voyage into the darkest depths of humanity, religion, folklore, love and death. MY DYING BRIDE's distinctively sumptuous dual-guitar melodies effortlessly flood into juggernaut doom metal riffs, with the vocals of Aaron Stainthorpe weaving a rich tapestry of tragic tales into the accompanying soundscapes. 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is perhaps best and most effectively summarized by guitarist Andrew Craighan, who describes the album as 'a controlled demolition of all your hopes.'"

    "A Map Of All Our Failures" track listing:

    01. Kneel Till Doomsday
    02. The Poorest Waltz
    03. A Tapestry Scorned
    04. Like A Perpetual Funeral
    05. A Map Of All Our Failures
    06. Hail Odysseus
    07. Within The Presence Of Absence
    08. Abandoned As Christ

    MY DYING BRIDE recently launched a mini-site  for "A Map Of All Our Failures", featuring album info, audio, video, downloads and more.


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    Welcome to 2013. It is time again for top album lists for 2012. We will be posting these in several parts and you are welcome to send in your own and we will publish them om the site. Stay tuned for lists from more writers, readers and forum members. This is part two, scroll down to read part one....


    Lord Stoner - Forum Member.
    Snail - Terminus
    Black Sheep Wall - No Matter Where It Ends
    High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    Leeches of Lore - Frenzy, Ecstasy
    Admiral Sir cloudesley shovel - don't hear it...
    Blood of the sun - Burning On The Wings Of Desire
    Samothrace - Reverence to Stone
    General Lee - Raiders of the Evil Eye
    Abstractor - Tomb of Feathers
    Salem's Pot - Sweeden

    Ichabod - Forum Member
    High On Fire ~ De Vermis Mysteriis
    Anaal Nathrakh ~ Vanitas
    Meshuggah ~ Koloss
    Baroness ~ Yellow & Green
    Graveyard ~ Lights Out
    16 ~ Deep Cuts From Dark Clouds
    Demonic Death Judge ~ Skygods
    Pilgrim ~ Misery Wizard
    Evoken ~ Atra Mors
    Pallbearer ~ Sorrow and Extinction
    The Sword ~ Apocryphon
    Corrosion of Conformity ~ s/t
    Nile ~ At the Gate of Sethu
    Lord Fowl ~ Moon Queen
    Grand Magus ~ the Hunt
    Katatonia ~ Dead End Kings
    Orange Goblin ~ A Eulogy for the Damned
    Order of the Owl ~ In the Noon of the After Day
    Fear Factory ~ The Industrialist
    In Mourning ~ The Weight of Oceans

    Just missed the list:

    Grave ~ Endless Procession of Souls
    Sinister ~ The Carnage Ending
    Neurosis ~ Honor Found in Decay
    Om ~ Advaitic Songs

    Mitch Finder-General - Forum Member
    Windhand - s/t
    The Mark of Cain - Songs of the Third and the Fifth
    Swans - The Seer
    Om - Advaitic Songs
    Samothrace - Reverence to Stone
    Admiral Sir cloudesley shovel - don't hear it...
    Blood of the sun - Burning On The Wings Of Desire
    Black Sheep Wall - No Matter Where It Ends
    High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    The Hounds of Hasselvander - The Ninth Hour

    Ophelia Nightshade - Forum Member
    High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    Morbid Wizard - Necrosis Of The Eyeball
    Nadja - Dagdrom
    Necro Deathmort - The Colonial Script
    Nightstalker - Dead Rock Commandos
    OM - Advaitic Songs
    The Moon Mistress - Silent Voice Inside
    The Reverend of Despair - At The Edge Of The World
    Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Primum
    Undersmile - Narwhal
    Witch Mountain - Cauldron Of The Wild

    Captain Clegg - Forum Member
    Aldebaran - Embracing the Lightless Depths
    Candlemass - Psalms for the Dead
    Orodruin - In Doom EP
    Ahab - The Giant
    Conan - Monnos
    Hooded Menace - Effegies of Evil
    Demonic Death Judge - Skygods
    The Moon Mistress - Silent Voice Inside
    Evoken - Atra Mors
    Slomatics - A Hocht

    Ezra Weeden - Forum Member
    Bell Witch - Longing
    Ash Borer - Cold of Ages
    Monarch - Omens
    Black Sheep Wall - No Matter Where It Ends
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'
    Evoken - Atra Mors
    Panopticon - Kentucky
    Aldebaran - Embracing the Lightless Depths
    Old Man Gloom - NO
    Lord Mantis - Pervertor
    Eagle Twin - The Feather Tipped The Serpent's Scale
    Om - Advaitic Songs
    Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Primum
    Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Alter

    Dr. Doom - Forum Member
    The Slow Death - II
    Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
    When Nothing Remains - As All Torn Asunder
    Indesinence - Vessels of Light and Decay
    Lethian Dreams - Season of Raven Words
    Futility - The View from Here
    Evoken - Atra Mors
    Funeral - Oratorium
    Monarch - Omens
    Anhedonist - Netherwards
    Cardinals Folly - Such Power Is Dangerous.


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    From the band:

    Happy New Year!
    Happy New ROMERO News!

    We finished our full length album!

    ROMERO "Take The Potion" LP will be released on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

    The entire album will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD through GRINDCOREKARAOKE.COM.  The band is also releasing a LIMITED EDITION of 100 CD's in deluxe packaging and has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the vinyl release.  The Kickstarter page and more information on the release can be found here: Kickstarter.

    ROMERO Live Performance & Webcast!
    January 18, 2013 @ 7pm (US Central standard time)
    The band will be playing songs from the "Take The Potion" LP and doing a short interview for the cameras of Red Dragon TV in Madison, WI.  The show will be broadcast LIVE on the net through the Red Dragon TV website, Ustream & BlogTV, simultaneously.  Our friends and supporters from all over the world will finally be able to see & hear ROMERO play live and will have the opportunity to chat with us  on-the-air.  Get more information from http://reddragontv.tv/ or stay tuned to our FACEBOOK page for updates.

    ROMERO Tour in March?
    Maybe.  More details sooner than later.

    PLEASE HELP OR SHARE IF YOU WANT TO.
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    On December 13, Stormbringer.at  webzine conducted an interview with Jonatan Larocca Ramm (guitar, vocals) and Axel Sjöberg (drums) of Swedish blues rockers GRAVEYARD backstage at the Arena venue in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.

    GRAVEYARD's third album, "Lights Out", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

    "Lights Out" was released on November 6, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The "Goliath" single preceded the full-length CD on September 21 as a digital download and on seven-inch vinyl. The single includes a special non-album track, "Leaving You". The "Goliath" seven-inch vinyl was issued in four different colors, featuring four different cover artworks.

    GRAVEYARD bassist Rikard Edlund is sitting out the band's current tour due to "personal problems with addiction." The group is playing all shows with a stand-in bass player.

    GRAVEYARD will kick off a U.S. headlining tour on January 23 in Boston, Massachusetts. The trek will feature special appearances in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas from THE DEVIL'S BLOOD and ROYAL THUNDER.


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    What happened in 2012




    We finally got around to adding up the monthly numbers and here is the result. The number is page views and does not include page views to the forum so it is awesome considering. Thanks for putting up with our rants in the past year.

    Words: Sally

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