1. The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

    The Sabbathian – Ritual Rites

    The SabbathianThe Sabbathian is the new project from Chad Davis, perhaps most famous for his work with Hour of 13, also featuring Joey Downs of Altar Blood and the vocal talents of Anette Uvass Gulbrandsen, whose previous bands include Mandylion.

    Now, with a name like The SabbathianI wonder if you can imagine what their new EP “Ritual Rites” sounds like? Are you getting dank, Gothic and slow-to-mid-paced doom?…

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  2. Mark Lanegan Band - No Bells On Sunday

    Mark Lanegan Band – No Bells On Sunday

    mark-lanegan-band-no-bells-on-sunday2Throughout his illustrious career, from the iconic alternative rock of the Screaming Trees, through his work with Queens Of The Stone Age and his recent sublime guest vocals on the new Earth album, seeing the name Mark Lanegan on any release is almost a surefire sign of quality, and this latest release, “No Bells on Sunday”, from his eponymous band is no different.

    Although cut from a very…

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  3. The Contortionist - Language

    The Contortionist – Language

    The Contortionist - LanguageBased out of Indianapolis, Indiana, progressive metalists The Contortionist draw from influences as diverse as Meshuggah, Dream Theater, Isis, Rush, and Pat Matheny. After their formation in 2007, and a few lineup changes, the band settled on a quintet of guitarist Robby Baca, guitarist Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist/keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter, and bassist Christopher Tilley.…

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  4. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen: : Resurrected (10th Anniversary Edition)

    Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen: : Resurrected (10th Anniversary Edition)

    Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen 10th Anniversary coverOn the 26th August 2013 a young bunch of wiper snappers by the name of Avenged Sevenfoldreleased what to many is one of the best metalcore albums ever recorded in the form of their sophomore effort “Waking The Fallen”. More than a decade later and that bunch of kids that just under ten years ago were playing gigs at The Underworld in London have done alright for themselves I would say, notching…

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  5. Witchrider - Unmountable Stairs

    Witchrider – Unmountable Stairs

    witchrider-unmountable-stairsHow you feel about “Unmountable Stairs”, the new album by Austria’s Witchrider, will depend on a couple of factors; how big a fan of Queens of the Stone Age you are and how comfortable you are with enjoying the wholesale co-opting of their sound by another band. Well, to be fair there are times the songs drift into the melodic seventies rock-meets-radio-friendly punk of the Foo Fighters, but…

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  6. Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels

    Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

    Witch MountainI was going to start this review by wondering if it wasn’t about time Portland, Oregon’s Witch Mountain received the attention of the wider rock community they so richly deserve. The current incarnation have released three albums of wonderful, bluesy doom metal over the past five years. What has set them apart has been the incredible voice of lead singer Uta Plotkin– it is a rich and fabulous…

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  7. Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

    Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

    The new release by Snailking, “Storm“, took me literally by storm. I got the chance to have a quick chat with guitarist, Pontus, from the band and we talked all things Snailking.

    Congratulations on the release of your amazing debut album, Storm. How are you today?

    Thank you! I’m fine.

    Can you please tell our readers how did Snailking come into being?

    Our bass-player Frans and I are childhood…

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  8. Virgil & The Accelerators - Army of Three

    Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

    albumLOOne listen to ‘Take Me Higher’, the opening track on “Army of Three”, is all you need to get hooked on this band and there are two reasons for that – one is that the album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, the producer of the mighty “Painkiller” – still Judas Priest‘s greatest studio achievement – and a man who has worked with the likes of Black Sabbath, Bruce Dickinson, Anvil and Gary Mooreto…

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  9. Snailking - Storm

    Snailking – Storm

    snailking - stormMy track record for choosing great albums based on getting a chuckle out of the band’s name has proven successful so far. So when I saw that three-piece Swedish sludge/doom band Snailking was releasing their debut full-length album,”Storm,” for whatever reason their name hit my funny bone and I knew I had to give this album a listen.

    Pontus Ottosson (guitar, vocals), Frans Levin (bass), and Karl…

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  10. Fair play to Bloodstock, what other major music festival would have the collective knack to put a band as utterly grim and all consuming as Triptykon on at what at any other festival would be put aside as Booze O’Clock.

    Arriving at the heights of most people’s beer drinking binge. Tom G Warrior and co. blaze through a set of some of the bleakest, darkest and maybe most punishing sound to grace Catton Hall this weekend. Aside from NOLA Sludge legends Crowbar on the Saturday there isn’t a band on the bill that came close to Triptykon for sheer sonic intensity on record, but it is live where the band really shows what they are worth.

    Packing a majestic four songs into a 40 minute set Triptykon blast through a set of such magnitude and majestic weight that it really has to be experienced to be believed. Opening with the twelve minute behemoth ‘Black Snow’ from the bands stunning new album “Melana Chasmata” and closing with the blisteringly scathing 19 minute ‘The Prolonging’ from the band’s first album “Eparistera Daimones”, the set seems to just blend into one seemingly endless blast of sonic hatred that oozes from the speakers. Only to be disturbed momentarily by a swift Hellhammer cover and is greeted fondly by the diehard faithful.

    Though it’s not everyones cup of tea and could come across to some people as just pure horrible white noise. Triptykon‘s own brand of bleak and crushing black metal tinged doom is a welcome addition to the day and certainly left a lasting impact on the weekend.

    Triptykon – Facebook Page

    Bloodstock – Official Website

    Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal

    Triptykon @ Bloodstock 2014 Fair play to Bloodstock, what other major music festival would have the collective knack to put a band as utterly grim and all consuming as…