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Spotinews recomendation
12.03.17

Morning. The great debut album by Swedish band Wormwood is a fairly recent addition to Spotify. Genre: melodic black metal (with a touch of folk). Enjoy! (Note: Thanks to a reader...

The Quietus review
20.01.17

The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the...

Insound review
08.08.14

Mastodon exploded onto the scene in 2002 with their debut LP Remission a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy...

Insound review
08.07.14

One you’re caught in the trancelike monoliths they call songs, time becomes irrelevant and they simply crush,” said Kerrang about UK monolithic doomers Coltsblood. Ending 2013 on...

Alt Press review
16.06.14

The Quietus review
14.07.14

With eleven consistently excellent tunes, Mastodon's sixth full-length, Once More 'Round The Sun is nothing if not an exercise in subtly edging towards the mainstream without ever...

Punk News review
09.07.14

It's been approximately 10,000 years since a mastodon was seen on Earth. Known for their resemblance to modern-day elephants and now-extinct mammoths, the mastodon roamed what is...

NME review
07.07.14

Metal band show off their grooves on sixth record

Spotinews recomendation
30.06.14

Hey. From last week: the new album by Mastodon. Genre: sludge metal. Enjoy! Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the SunFiled under: 2014, Metal

Clash review
20.06.14

Smile along as album six infects the senses…

Punk News review
11.06.14

It is no longer hyperbolic to say Tombs have gotten better with every album. They have a legitimate streak going, with every release redefining the band's sound. Just as...

Spotinews recomendation
01.06.14

Morning. Are you in the mood for some sludge metal? If yes, this new album by Crowbar is a must listen. Enjoy! (US version here.) Crowbar – Symmetry In BlackFiled under: 2014...

Punk News review
17.07.14

Yes, it's that same Crowbar. The one that rose to prominence after appearing on Beavis and Butthead in the early/mid '90s. The New Orleans-based band has been churning out their...

Insound review
02.06.14

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Crowbar with the release of .

Spotinews recomendation
27.03.14

Hi again. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Thou. Genre: doom metal/shoegaze. Enjoy! Thou – HeathenFiled under: 2014, Metal, Rock

The Quietus review
03.04.14

Thou have doom metal's steadiest hands. Their new record, Heathen, is a half hour longer than its predecessor, 2010's already exhausting Summit, and plays like a double album – if...

Insound review
18.03.14

Four years after the release of their first album, Coffinworm returns with a followup that levels its predecessor— called by acclaimed producer / engineer Sanford Parker...

The Quietus review
05.02.14

Scorn by Primitive ManAlways, with rock, in the bleak midwinter, I return to metal. Music shorn of hope. The only type of rock I really care about anymore. Guitars with a purpose...

Spotinews recomendation
02.10.13

Hello again. From a recent Spotify update: the new album by Swedish doom/sludge metal band Pyramido. Enjoy! Pyramido – Saga Filed under: 2013, Metal

Insound review
23.07.13

Savannah, Georgia' heavy-rockin' road dogs return to the fold with a stop-gap EP to hold us over between their raging last full length and their next. Tend No Wounds is a 6-song...

Insound review
11.06.13

After a few successful demos and EPs, these Belgians are upping the ante. It's clear that Alkerdeel has progressed quite a bit since the release of Luizig . Although the familiar...

Spotinews recomendation
25.05.13

Morning. The dynamic new Kylesa album is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: sludge metal. Read this review and enjoy! (Note: US release date is on Tuesday!) Kylesa...

Under The Radar review
15.07.13

Ultraviolet, the sixth album from Savannah-based heavies Kylesa, took two years to write, and brings with it a democratic shift in band dynamics. Its members now play the roles of...

The Quietus review
19.06.13

Savannah, the small city in Georgia USA, has inspired the a bewildering array of groups - sludgy riffs of Baroness, Circle Takes the Square, and Unpersons, with Kylesa probably...

Spin review
04.06.13

Southern metalheads grow braver and heavier on a bone-breaking breakthrough.

Spin review
31.05.13

Southern metalheads grow braver and heavier on a bone-breaking breakthrough.

Punk News review
28.05.13

One of the biggest forward leaps from album to album in heavy metal came with Metallica's jump from 1983's Kill 'Em All to 1984's Ride the Lightning. "Fight Fire with Fire" was...

Insound review
20.03.13

With songs that range from relentless mid-tempo churns to subterranean crawls, Batillus cohere the extremes of heavy music into a surge of massive riffing, rolling over and...

Pitchfork review
03.12.14

The bulk of “Rust”, the fifth song on the new album from New York heavy metal hoarders Batillus, is pure pit invocation. The quartet falls in behind Willi Stabenau’s initial bass...

Spotinews recomendation
20.02.13

Hello. The new album by Kongh was added to Spotify yesterday. Genre: doom/sludge metal. Enjoy! (Thanks to a reader for the tip!) (US version here.) Kongh – Sole Creation Filed...

Insound review
08.01.13

The third full-length album from this Swiss doom/death band takes you on a musical journey that clocks in over an hour in length and features lyrics sung in English, Czech, and...

Punk News review
04.01.13

I'm going to try to make it through this review of Kowloon Walled City's great sophomore album, Container Ships, without using any variations of the following words: sludge, plod...

Pitchfork review
09.01.13

Kowloon Walled City's Container Ships shares similarities with the kind of "post-metal" that has often led to critical crossover success, mainly recalling early Isis, but when...

Punk News review
30.11.12

For a band as prolific as Kylesa (five albums in nine years, plus a metric poop ton of splits and 45s), it's odd that they would just now get around to a rarities comp. Then again...

Insound review
03.12.12

Kylesa have blossomed from their humble beginnings into one of the most acclaimed heavy rock bands in the world. While criss-crossing the world in the wake of their acclaimed...

Pitchfork review
30.11.12

These days, especially for active bands, rarity compilations seem like fading vestiges of an antiquated industry. When most every gig seems to work its way onto YouTube, and when...

Insound review
05.09.12

Salt Lake City based heavy rock duo Eagle Twins' sophomore LP is finally upon us! Once again, they have created a true masterpiece that will devastate forward-thinking riff...

Pitchfork review
03.08.12

The Atlas Moth use bits of black metal-- and, really, everything, from stoner metal to psychedelic rock, free jazz to electric blues-- to make militantly adventurous music. The...

Pitchfork review
31.07.12

Samothrace are a frustrating band to love. Their debut LP, 2008's Life's Trade, was a landmark of modern American doom, even if no one knew it then. Nearly an hour's worth of...

Insound review
05.06.12

Hailing from the LA area, Black Sheep Wall help redefine the meaning of intensity with their take on the doom-dirge archetype. Bursting with the same energy that drives bands like...

Insound review
22.05.12

The world is blurry and out of focus. It's cold and it's bleak and people need ways to escape its harsh reality. "Real heaviness has a way of not only acting as an intense...

Pitchfork review
24.04.12

This Columbus, Ohio, quartet finds a way to infuse familiar punk templates with subtle progressive elements, resulting in an album that feels like a thick swamp of crust, muck...

Punk News review
10.02.12

If Path of Totality was Tombs’ crowning achievement--and it is, so far--then Fear is the Weapon is the victory lap. While it’s odd that a rarities comp would itself have a limited...

Pitchfork review
28.09.11

On the best album of its 14-year career, the Arkansas group, a band that seems to hold nothing sacred within its purview of what is and what is not heavy metal, offers further...

BBC review
14.09.11

Don’t like metal? You might just love Mastodon.

The Line of Best Fit review
31.10.11

For all its drive and frantic pace, staples of the Mastodon juggernaut, there is a constant feeling that the band has lost some of the wildly adventurous silliness that made them...

Pitchfork review
30.09.11

After four albums that were driven by overriding concepts, the mighty Mastodon return with a record that heads in the opposite direction: The Hunter sometimes feels more like a...