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Devil Doll “Dies Irae” (1996)

6. May 2018 James Slone 0

The legendary art rockers Devil Doll (not to be confused with the American rockabilly band of the same name) have influenced just about every weird, theatrical or gothic metal band in Europe, and yet they are still […]

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Celestial Season “Solar Lovers” (1995)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

Ah, “Solar Lovers.” Hands down my favorite doom metal album ever, “Solar Lovers” is the gem in the Celestial Season crown. Resting between the too-ornate debut album and the extravagantly drugged excesses of the latter […]

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Botanist “VI: Flora” (2014)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

The latest chapter in a series of LPs released by Botanist, the brainchild of Bay Area music savant and naturalism-enthusiast Otrebor, Flora marks a significant step forward for the “black metal with a hammered dulcimer” concept. The […]

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Boris “Noise” (2014)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

Japan’s ultimate power trio Boris have been blasting out heavy rockers, sludgy drone doom and psychedelic hardcore for nearly two decades now, entering a highly productive and musically diverse phase with 2011’s New Album. This era […]

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Beyond Dawn “Pity Love”

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

The first Beyond Dawn release I heard was the “Longing for Scarlet Days” EP, a droning black metal affair with a bleak goth rock—dare I say Celtic Frost-influenced—atmosphere and a trombone. With its murky production, […]

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Beyond Dawn “Revelry” (1998)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

“Revelry” is pretty bleak in a subdued kind of way, a post-black metal doom album with a subtly experimental bent and an expressive rock sensibility. The album’s a little like a more metallic late-period Swans, […]

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Bathory “Blood on Ice” (1988/1996)

2. May 2018 James Slone 0

“Blood on Ice” is one of the essential metal albums, being both the termination point of black metal and the beginning of Viking metal, years before either sound became full-fledged genres. Some might argue about […]

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