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Survive Sunrise

If you like Jane's Addiction, you're going to love North Carolina rockers ASG. 'Survive Sunrise', their first album in five years, expands on their trademark blend of southern-fried alt-rock and earworm hooks, weaving together soaring melody and summery riffs to electrifying effect. An infectious record, by an hard-rocking band....view item »

Our Raw Heart

What you gonna do with this Yob? You gonna get the head banging and the hair swaying? You gonna send several hundred devil-horn emojis to unsuspecting friends? You gonna just say “Yob” over and over again because it’s a purely satisfying act? Yes, all that and more in praise and celebration of ‘Our Raw Heart’, the l...view item »


Mastodon are a band driven by quite a few unique elements. The musicianship on here is very impressive, better than most bands in the pot. The drumming is probably some of the best, including the guitars which go great with it. Also, the band tends to enjoy theme based songs and albums, another thing that adds to their artsy feel. Also, emo fans...view item »

Feel Great

Relapse supergroup hour! At this point in history you kinda just have to accept that every noisy band is prepared to team up with another one to create the biggest, baddest churn, but I’m still over the moon about Wrong, which combines Torche, Capsule and Kylesa members together into one crusty championship of disdain. The hilariously name...view item »

Red Album

‘Red Album’ provides an escape from your usual everyday metal, and takes the genre in a new direction. Chugging yet progressive and sludgy yet soft, ‘Red Album’ is a fantastic debut, and has the perfect touch of sludge, progressive, and post metal elements into each of its eleven tracks. Their albums since then have taken...view item »

Iron Reagan / Gatecreeper

An unholy split on the legendary Relapse label, smashing together death, grind and thrash under the excellent guidance of equally legendary producer Kurt Ballou (of Coverge). Iron Reagan fire themselves down a punk and thrash spiked highway, whilst Gatekeeper push it slower, and...view item »

Black Salvation
Uncertainty Is Bliss

Black Salvation are a German psych/hard rock band formed from the ashes of In Solitude. Uncertainty Is Bliss uses the full depth of psychedelia, doom, blues and hard rock, together with mystical narratives to transport the listener to somewhere else entirely. A bewitching debut. LP and CD on Relapse....view item »

Windhand & Satan's Satyrs

So stoned they forgot to blow the candles out, these Virginia mates of metal threw together a split, demonstrating their slow in a celebration of local scene gruel. Were it a buddy cop show, it’d be easy enough: Windhand are the doom ones… Satan’s Satyrs are kinda thrashy? How will it ever work out? It works out fine, ...view item »

The Strife Of Love In A Dream

Here we are with more sci-fi synth heavy beat work, though this time pitting arpeggiated synths against distant chants and odd ritualistic darkness. This collaboration between Steve Moore and Daniel O'Sullivan also has ties to metallic genres, and so finds itself quite at home on the legendary Relapse Records....view item »


Mareridt is the title of the new, hotly anticipated second album from Danish multi-instrumentalist and composer MYRKUR. Richly gothic folk and feminine Metal merge on an album whose title translates back as 'Nightmare'. It's a sound that is in fact equal parts dreamlike, horrific and mysterious. Vinyl LP on Relapse....view item »

The Eye of Every Storm

While it can take some getting used to for fans of Neurosis's heavier material, The Eye of Every Storm is worth the effort. These guys occupy their own little niche in the music world, composing multifaceted epics with an admirable disregard for what everyone else is doing. Neurosis's knack for jarring dynamics is still abundantly evident in "I ...view item »

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Altered States of America

Agoraphobic Nosebleed are a premium grindcore band, no mistake about it. Their 2003 third album Altered States Of America is just over 20 minutes long, but contains a glorious 100 tracks! Lovely stuff. Initially released only as a 3” CD, this Relapse reissue puts these short sharp tracks on (baby pink coloured) vi...view item »


Hey, I admit it. I'm not the biggest Mastadon fan out there. I enjoy their music. I think they've got a manic man on the drums and their guitarists are on speed. The main problem is the vocalist, who has a very soft, in the background, weak delivery, his voice just doesn't quite fit the music. But yes Mastodon are a decent band, but groundb...view item »


The soundtrackers of that famouse internet TV series are here taking a step back while the money rolls in from Stranger Things 2 to release an album without even trying. Instead, they’ve asked some buddies called Lena Willikens, Not Waving, Sam Haar and FKA Twigs impersonator JK Flesh aka Justin Broadrick to make their music bet...view item »

High On Fire
Blessed Black Wings

This is the third HOF album and there is definitely a progression - "Art of Self Defense" was very raw, dirty sounding, "Surrounded By Thieves" was slightly more polished, but still loud and hard as hell, and now with BBW, they've gotten even more cleaned up. Not to say that this is a "clean" album in any sense, but the sound is a lot less "mudd...view item »

The Great Cessation

Following their 2005 split, the Oregon doom trio reconvened to unleash their fifth album in 2009. It’s a particularly fine example of Mike Scheidt’s expertise in crafting crushing extended riff-fests, tempered with nuanced and spacey quieter passages. Both double LP an...view item »

Steve Moore
Mayhem (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Steve Moore (of Zombi) unleashes his Synths of Dread for this one, the soundtrack to an action-horror film: ‘Mayhem’. It’s a series of alternatingly tense and absolutely bloody terrifying synth workouts, with the occasional ‘banger’ set to propulsive drumbeats. Pulsating rhythms, heat-sea...view item »

The Obsessed
The Obsessed

Doom metal doesn’t get much truer or more essential than the debut from the legendary Maryland trio. Though recorded in 1985, the album wasn’t released until 1990, after frontman Wino had left Saint Vitus and decided to revive his former band. Whereas Vitus were defined by Dave Chandler’s ultra...view item »

Iron Monkey

Sludgers Iron Monkey were out there in Nottingham’s thriving noisy punk scene of old, part of the same legendary spawn that filled up Earache (where their 1998 release ‘Our Problem’ held dominion). Chaotic and calamitous, their sound fell somewhere between slow doomy breakdowns and fast-as-heck hardcore. They called it a day on...view item »

We Are The Gore

Spanish gore-grind band Haemorrhage bring their seventh full length album, and their first in 6 years. These guys have quite a unique take on the genre, mixing the pig like guttural growls and blistering speed with groovy verses and squealing guitar solos. Fe...view item »

Primitive Man

Colorado based three piece Primitive Man make their move over to Relapse Records for their third full length record. To say this is pummelling is somewhat of an understatement. It is brutally noisy and (suitably) caustic doom. Nihilistic to the hilt, with no ...view item »

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope

Agoraphobic Nosebleed are a premium grindcore band, no mistake about it. Their 2002 second record Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope (a memorable title and no mistake) flares through almost 40 tracks in 33 minutes, so you know that it’ll be proper grind. Baby blue coloured vinyl reissue on Relapse....view item »

A Sun That Never Sets

If you like Tool chances are you'll like Neurosis. Not to say Neurosis sounds like Tool, they don't, but they definitely have a sound that like Tool could be described as psychedelic tinged metal. Incredebly long songs, mellow vocals, screamed vocals, sound effects, a wide variety of instruments are just some of the things that you'll hear on A ...view item »

Time Well

Indiana based gloomers Cloakroom move to Relapse records for their second full length release. A heady mix of shoegaze, downtempo indie and doom, Time Well  brings the...view item »

Portals Into Futility

Portals Into Futility is the third LP from Portland's doom-er four-piece USNEA. These guys are into their sci-fi in a big way but know full well the horrendous meeting-point with modern futile reality. 5 songs. 56 minutes of well-crafted and supremely soul-destroying doom-sludge. The guys dip into dissonance, varie...view item »

Ex Eye
Ex Eye

Some records just decide they’re going to blow you away, and ‘Ex Eye’ is chief among them. Predisposed to its magnitude via an indelicate combination of brutal saxophonist Colin Stetson, experimental drummer Greg Fox, plus legendary artists Shahzad Ismally and Toby Summerfield, this record be...view item »

The Blue Record

Baroness's sound is rather difficult to pigeonhole at times. At one point their sound isn't too far away from early Mastodon, and at other points, they sound like Thin Lizzy on steroids. 2009's sophomore effort Blue Record saw them move further away from those Mastodon comparisons and expanded their landscapes and thus were able to forge their o...view item »


Greetings, traveller. You have just entered the sea of hands. Oh, and watch out for the lava, that onslaught of synth-rock over there and maybe those giant green hands too. They’ll getcha. This scene is the cosmic tripped-out dream of Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, who has essentially rewritten The Hunter here, replacing Brent Hin...view item »

Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Brand new EP from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, extreme metal / grindcore veterans. I wouldn’t say they’ve relaxed over time, as these are still ferocious, emotionally-desolate tracks. But the songs / minutes ratio is down to 3 / 25, as opposed to 100 / 21 a decade ago. Arc is released on Relapse....view item »

Ecstatic Vision
Raw Rock Fury

Just look at these boys. Look how sick they are. A psychedelic band with maracas and a saxophone, plus all the usual elements of Jack Black rock school, they could well be the most ridiculous thing you’ll hear this week, matching their wahing guitar repetitions with distorted tenor trills and yelping prog vox. I’ve been liste...view item »


Originally released in 2004, Necrophagist’s Epitaph threw a death punch to progressive death metal, and altered it for good, setting the bar incredibly high. If you like your kick drums as fast and triggered as they can possibly be and guitars thrashing your face off, then this is your prometheus. FFO Cann...view item »

Unearthly Trance
Stalking the Ghost

It’s doom hour here in the Norman Towers (I’m gonna whistleblow on the company and let you all know that there is no element of tower in our workplace) as wailing vocalists deliver sermons up on high from every speaker in the room, sheltered from the crashing waves of fuzz produced by the bandmates underneath. As my colleagues listen...view item »

King Woman
Created In The Image Of Suffering

King Woman are standing at the state borders of shoegaze and doom, linking arms. Led by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, their heavy, gutted low-end is given a surreal imaginary landscape from its crackling textures and distant production. This record makes true on the heavy suggestions of predecessor ‘Doubt’, crunching the chords like ...view item »

Shape Shift

So it's been four or five years since Zombi hooked up with everyone's favourite metal label to release "Escape Velocity", arguably the bands best work to date. Since then both Moore and Paterra have kept themselves busy with soundtrack work and various solo outings whilst also touring with kindred spirits/mentors Goblin...view item »

Steve Moore
The Mind's Eye - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Steve Moore has history in Zombi, meaning that he’s demonstrated his talent for soundtracking spooooooky horror movies in the past. Here he applies his synth skills to The Mind’s Eye, weaving uneasy ambient passages and bombastic themes like it ain’t no thing. Plenty of tense dramatic ...view item »


So… you liked ‘Stranger Things’, right? We did. Well, those of us that watched it enjoyed it. That soundtrack was great. You might have bought it from us. Turns out the guys that made the music to the early-80s-set TV series are one half of this group, S U R V I V E. Yes, four people got together and removed the dust-sheets fr...view item »

Red Fang
Only Ghosts

Grab your favourite 24 pack of brewskis and get this thunder on. Hard rocking riff-tacular that reminds you to not take yourself too seriously. Catchy as Queens Of The Stone Age, riffs of The Sword, and sometimes as hard hitting as Baroness. But mainly head nodding goodness. And beards, and beer...view item »

True Widow

Based on the descriptions of this as an affair of the doomladen, slowcore, patience-testing, and volume-pummelling, I kinda feel like I’m listening to the wrong record. I feel like I could make something better out of the 45rpm vocals and the 33rpm chord progressions, but I’ll listen to it at the former and declare ‘Avvolgere&r...view item »

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

Jimmy LaValle has been working consistently on his solo ambient project since 1999, although ‘Between Waves’ is the first full-length record we’ve heard from the Album Leaf in over six years. It’s also the first LaValle has recorded and produced as / with a ‘complete’ band, but that’s not important right...view item »


Danish black metal artist ‘M’ / MYRKUR apparently made this record live from the bowels of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo. She re-recorded her own songs, plus a Bathory cover, in an acoustic vein with the help of the angelic voices of the Norwegian Girls’ Choir. These are some very stripped-down and atmospheric renditio...view item »

Pig Destroyer

Terrifyer is the third album of Pig Destroyer, initially released in 2004. This violent slice of grindcore hasn’t been available on vinyl for over a decade, and this reissue even adds 4 bonus tracks never before pressed to wax. This release is on ‘Bone White’ coloured vinyl, in a limited edition, on th...view item »

Dead Ringers

Wanderings through dark experimental territory from Horseback here, the solo project of Jenks Miller. The man has range: Dead Ringers morphs from anxious beat-driven songs to thick drones to krautrock / metal explosions. Richly atmospheric material, with an impact just as strong as that creepy sleeve ar...view item »

Inter Arma
Paradise Gallows

Ah yes, being epic. It’s fun. People like doing it. Artists like playing mountainous riffs, reviewers like saying “grandiose”, people like to post Facebook statuses about “face-melting” shows… it’s all here for the taking. If you listened to ‘The Cavern’, Inter Arma’s thirty minute, si...view item »

First Daze Here Too

Pentagram are a necessary part of the heavy metal puzzle, kicking into action in the early 70’s with chugging guitar riffs, flaring guitar solos and howling vocals. A whole genre is contained in this sound. First Daze Here Too is a rare collection of obscure recordings from the band’s earliest formative days...view item »

First Daze Here

Pentagram are a crucial part of the heavy metal puzzle, kicking into action in the early 70’s with chugging guitar riffs, flaring guitar solos and howling vocals. A whole genre is contained in this sound. First Daze Here is a compilation of early singles and the like, showing off the first activities of this impor...view item »

Still They Pray

Cough provide no-nonsense psychedelic doom, cutting straight to the chase with monolithic tar-black riffs. The howled vocals sound good and desolate too: it's no surprise that members of Electric Wizard and Windhand were involved in its creation. Still They Pray, the group’s first...view item »

Tired Of Tomorrow

Tired Of Tomorrow is the second album by Philadelphia’s nihilistic shoegazers Nothing. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album Guilty of Everything. The fuzzy guitars and swirling melodies reference the glorious grungey shoegaziness of the ‘90s. Tired Of Tomorrow ...view item »


Wrong contain musicians who’ve done time in bands like Kylesa, Torche and Capsule, so their commitment to the noise rock cause, not to mention their gnarly abilities, is not in question. This debut full-length pounds the listener with riffs, vocal grunts, and plenty of bru...view item »

Surface To Air

Here's the second Zombi reissue of the week. This one is 2006's 'Surface To Air' on grey vinyl. You probably already know what to expect here, and I've already talked about the 'Cosmos' 2LP reissue today so I'll keep this brief for fear of repeating myself too much. There are five atmospheric instrumentals on this album which elaborate o...view item »

Graves At Sea
The Curse That Is

Take industrial drones, Black Sabbath-inspired riffing and super sludgy production and you get The Curse That Is, the debut from Graves At Sea. This collection of doomy sludge has taken almost fifteen years to emerge, but the band’s dense and distorted sound has always sounded modern. It's...view item »

All Empires Fall

Relapse records have always been at the cutting edge of extreme metal and rock, and the new album from Tombs continues this tradition. All Empires Fall is an ambitious collection of black metal full of pounding riffs, hoarse and heavy vocals and some newly included keyboards for texture and atmo...view item »

Yellow & Green

Big heavy hard-rock rifftastic action from Baroness here: a whole 18 tracks, spread over 2 LPs. Yellow & Green has it all: arena dynamics, pseudo-mythical sleeve art, bellowed vocals and pyrotechnic guitars. This was the group’s third album, initially released in 2012 on Relapse and now reissued by the same la...view item »

Coffins / ILSA
Split EP

For those about to sludge, we very slowly attempt to raise our arm from the tar pit in salute of you. Such is actually the sum of Coffins’ track from this split EP with ILSA: its sluggish opening drum fill and hateful mutation of chords groans, moving at a weighed-down pace before suddenly breaking free and rolling through the next minute ...view item »


Yessss come on! Legit grindcore legends and general loud operatives Magrudergrind haven’t released an album in seven years, which is a hell of alot longer a time period than the average track runtime on ‘II’ -- a minute plus however many surplus seconds. Judging by the surging feedback, comedown breakdowns and sturdy blastbeats...view item »


Brutal doom/drone heaviness on the Relapse label. Wolveserpent have built a reputation for experimental metal that is as loud as it is inventive. On Aporia:Kala:Ananta they take that form and drag it out into an extended composition that draws on neoclassical, drone and harsh noise music too. An...view item »

Boris with Merzbow

Boris and Merzbow have been collaborating for years with various albums, but Gensho might be their most maximal outing to date. The format here is unusual: 1 CD (or 2 LPs) each for the two artists, the idea being that you play them on top of each other and tweak the volumes to make your very own noise-b...view item »


Credit to Bloodiest for constraining the doom to just two sides of wax: sometimes this music needs compact space in which to find its inner chaotic self, and this record is, due to its shorter playtime, grumbling with catharsis. Going towards the dirtier end of doom in the vocals (Bell Witch style) and the prettier end with the riffs (think the ...view item »


Lycus are a California gang, producing stately doom metal that weighs heavy on the soul. As well as the usual ingredients, a cello sometimes rasps through the sound field: furthermore, the vocals are sometimes clean and sometimes howling. Good to have variety eh? Chasms has 4 long tracks, and is released on Relapse....view item »

The Great Tyrant
The Trouble With Being Born

The Great Tyrant is the original band of the members of Pinkish Black, for which the two of them were joined by their sadly now deceased friend Tommy Wayne Atkins. Their second album, The Trouble With Being Born, was never released following the death, until now. Similarly heavy and pro...view item »

Pinkish Black
Bottom Of The Morning

Pinkish Black manage to sound a lot like the constant stream of old horror movie soundtrack reissues we get here: but they are brand new! They’ve really nailed the sound and the vibe though, as Bottom Of The Morning had me imagining scenes from the kind of film it could feasibly accompany. On Relapse....view item »

Grief's Infernal Flower

Windhand are a doom metal band with a sensitive side. The sleeve art of Grief’s Eternal Flower provides a key to the balance the group maintains: death (the tombstones), but with some life still hanging on in the form of sonic moss. Super-heavy, female-vocal-fronted stuff, issued on the Relapse label....view item »

Pig Destroyer
Prowler in the Yard

Classic Pig Destroyer album here reissued for your pleasure. Entirely blistering grindcore is, as ever, the order of the day, and Prowler In The Yard charges through twenty-two tracks in thirty-six minutes. At least it used to: this double disc re-release has both the original and a wholly new mix of the entire album, p...view item »

Publicist UK
Forgive Yourself

Publicist UK are a post-punk band featuring members of Municipal Waste, Revocation, Goes Cube, Discordance Axis, Burnt By The Sun. Their debut album ‘Forgive Yourself’ is made up of heavily textured layers of sound that have a dramatic soundtrack quality, carrying the singers’ dark baritone, reminiscent of Nick Cave And The Bad...view item »

Hope Drone
Cloak Of Ash

If you’ve come to Hope Drone hoping for hope, you might be disappointed. Their sound is a thickened, tar-black thing, more likely to drag you down than lift you up. Some of it coalesces into drones though! Cloak Of Ash is well textured and potently played sludge / black metal, released by Relapse....view item »

Goblin Rebirth
Goblin Rebirth

Man, you just can’t keep Italian horror-progsters down can you? In addition to the group currently touring as Goblin, we now have the band’s original rhythm section from back in the day producing music as Goblin Rebirth. This album soundtracks a film so perfectly suited to Goblin tha...view item »

Ecstatic Vision
Sonic Praise

Psych, psych and more psych from Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision. Indebted to the likes of Hawkwind and more recently Wooden Shjips, Sonic Praise is their debut effort packed full of riffs, solos and motorik drumming. Utterly retro space rock for those who like it classic. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Relapse....view item »

The Zombi Anthology

Zombi, a duo from Pittsburgh, were hugely influenced by the band Goblin who wrote the score for the original Dawn Of The Dead film. It was also where they got their name, the Italian release of the film being called Zombi. The Zombi Anthology features the multi layered looping of synth, bass an...view item »

Child of Darkness

Bedemon are America’s first ever doom band featuring Randy Palmer, Geof O’Keefe and Bobby Liebling AKA members of the mighty pioneers of American heavy metal, Pentagram! ‘Child Of Darkness’ features archival recordings from the 1970s and is an essential possession for all fans of Pentagram, doom and heavy metal. Nihilism ...view item »


Torche are monoliths of the heavy rock scene whose ascent to power came about through a clash of infectiously heavy melodies perfectly complimented by grungey, downtuned, discordant rock. Their debut album with Relapse, 'Restarter' is a ten song manifesto of thunderous, heavy rock glory. In spite of it’s undisputable heaviness it has a pop...view item »

Call Of The Mastodon

Mastodon are a full-on, balls out, no holds barred metal band. Call of the Mastodon is their third album according to them -- or just a compilation album, if you think that rereleasing early songs and doing some different versions of them counts as a proper album. It contains songs from their first EP and is r...view item »

Anatomy of Habit
Ciphers + Axioms

Vocalist Mark Solotroff actually sings the word “monolithic” on ‘Ciphers + Axioms’, so I don’t have to. I’m pretty sure what he meant to say was “metal”, though -- enlisting Will Lindsay of everyone’s favourite indie kvlt band, Wolves In The Throne ...view item »

Broughton's Rules
Anechoic Horizon

Post-rock as riffage, instrumentals as temper tantrums; this is what ‘Anechoic Horizon’ offers. A supergroup of stargazers including Don Caballero alumnus Jeff Ellsworth, as well as members of Blunderbuss, it would be preposterous to expect them to point their guit...view item »

An Unending Pathway

Having won the Norman Records award for Metal Band With Clearest Name Font, Atriarch go on to make another record that combines a love of abstracts: they bring together death metal growls, the oscillating sounds of black metal (if it were produced pretty damn well), as well as punk rock and doom. 'An Unending Pathway' manages to give each genre ...view item »

Inter Arma
The Cavern

Well shit. This is ridiculous. One has to expect a lot of black metal tautology and serious sludge lecturing to come from a band like Inter Arma, but 'The Cavern', their new forty-minute composition, sounds gleeful and symphonic, starting with an overture in the proggiest orchestral fashion, then focusing around pounding percussion and the goofi...view item »

Pig Destroyer
Mass & Volume

It's kind of shocking that Pig Destroyer are in the mood to release one of their long slog EPs right now: guitarist Scott Hull is currently in the middle of rallying his goregrind assholes Agoraphobic Nosebleed together for a few live shows, so hearing this long, screeching ascension into celestial doo...view item »

UltraMantis Black
UltraMantis Black

Meetings between music and professional wrestling haven't historically yielded credible results, hitting a nadir a couple of decades ago with the Wrestlemania song (link here: ) but here's Chikara wrestler Ultram...view item »

God Macabre
The Winterlong

The Winterlong is a reissue of the Swedish death metal trio God Macabre's classic from 1993. This expanded reissue features a previously unheard bonus track. Drummer Niklas Nilsson left the band before the album was recorded but was recruited as a session musician. The Winterlong is available ...view item »

Win Us Over

ASG are a rock four-piece from North Carolina. The band have acquired cult status over the years through their songs appearing skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing videos. Their classic album, Win Us Over was originally released in 2008 and is reissued on vinyl, with download code. The album plays at 45rpm, for ...view item »

Guilty Of Everything

Guilty Of Everything is the debut album by Nothing. despite being signed to metal label, Relapse Records, Nothing take their cues from shoegazing maestros My Bloody Valentine and the arena alt. rock of Smashing Pumpkins. The heavy swathes of guitars, introspective, dark lyrics are offse...view item »

Spirit Animal

Here’s the latest of Relapse’s beautifully put together Zombi vinyl reissues - a lush double LP of ‘Spirit Animal’ on fancy red vinyl. I’m sure you know this Pittsburgh duo’s modus operandi by now. This is horror soundtrack worship of the highest calibre, heavy on the synths but also showing no fear of ...view item »

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