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A Storm of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories Fade (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art A Storm of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories Fade (IMPORT) (2LP)

Guest appearances by Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Jarobe (Swans), Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Nerissa Campbell, and members of Book of Knots, and U.S. Christmas.

Deluxe gatefold sleeve.


By initially combining elements of sludge and doom metal, post metal, and epic ambient soundscape experimental music, with their third album, “As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade”, A Storm of Light have developed even further into a much more potent and cohesive unit with what ultimately is easily their strongest release to date. By embracing musical templates more associated with traditional metal (i.e. mid-era Metallica) and traditional rock (i.e. AC/DC, QOTSA), while still maintaining the band’s forward thinking progressive vibe, “As the Valley of Death Becomes Us...” presents a more song-oriented A Storm of Light while at the same time, a band that has incorporated a heavier, harder-hitting, and ultimately darker and more crushing vibe to their music. Out of all of his musical and artistic endeavors Graham has been involved in the new A Storm of Light album will stand as one of his most prominent accomplishments.

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Altar of Plagues - Tides (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Altar of Plagues - Tides (IMPORT) (CD)



Ireland’s Altar of Plagues produced perhaps 2009’s best black metal debut album in the shape of the excellent White Tomb. Drawing on obvious influences like Wolves in the Throne Room, it achieved distinctive results with its rich textures and expanses of desolate blackened ambience, which were allowed to mingle with elements thrown in from leftfield (Watchers Restrained’s Khanate homage springs to mind). Tides picks up where that left off fairly seamlessly (though you won’t find anything quite as unexpected as avant-drone here), and those who wallowed in its melancholy atmosphere will find this as comfortable and unchallenging as a pair of old slippers.

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Black Magician - Nature is the Devil's Church (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Black Magician - Nature is the Devil's Church (IMPORT) (CD)



Black Magician's first album, 'Nature is the Devil's Church', is doom as fucking fuck. This isn't your fusion doom, or your experimental doom, this is doom doom - traditional doom with heavy, slow riffs, glacial jams echoing across black tundras, emitted by bearded men, with SGs and Orange amps, playing at fucking Stonehenge. Taking cues from Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Saint Vitus and more recently Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, and the sadly-defunct Reverend Bizarre, Black Magician are sent from Liverpool to take and sacrifice our children, and I say good luck to them. It's about fucking time. Doom is often seen as a jumping-off point into other genres - funereal doom, blackened doom, experimental doom, drone doom - which means that often, just plain old doom metal is neglected. Black Magician are here to prove that this need not be the case.

Black Magician seem to have cast a spell taking doom back to the time when it meant folk with long hair and flares listening to Cathedral. When mushroom freaks like Acrimony would be given column inches in Terrorizer. Y'know, when being into doom meant you were into 70s rock by default. The thing that really sets Black Magician apart is their use of the organ. Come on, who the hell doesn't like a good bit of fuzzy 70s organ? Brings to mind things like Jacula and other obscurities. They're not afraid to break out of the doom crawl tempo either. Basically, this is the real deal when it comes to doom. Loads of Black Sabbath and other old-fashioned doom riffage, fuzzy organs, long hair, hammer horror-esque lyrics about medieval England, flares, skulls. The song writing is spot on and so is the production. It's everything you want in a doom album.

Maybe it’s the cultural remnants of the Second Pandemic, but there’s just something even more miserable about classic British doom. The five-piece Black Magician released their debut album, Nature is the Devil’s Church, and throughout the record’s five tracks, the band capture the eerie stillness of a rolling English countryside, the ancient malevolence of pagan Christianity, and a healthy doses of Cathedral and Celtic Frost, comporting with long-forgotten demons and tried and true tonal weight.

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Gnaw Their Tongues - L'arrivee de la Terne Mort Triomphante (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Gnaw Their Tongues - L'arrivee de la Terne Mort Triomphante (IMPORT) (LP)

Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

This is a highly intricate album that features a raw black metal background while incorporating diverse musical arrangements and a profound level of experimentation. By diverse musical arrangements I mean by piercing violins, ghastly choir vocals and malevolent orchestrated passages that wouldn’t sound out of place in some legitimate horror film. Morie’s talent lies in his ability to incorporate these elements in a relatively structure free environment. A perfect example to make would be Sunn O’s Big Church. I’m not trying to compare each band’s sound but Gnaw Their Tongues has that same element of unpredictability to their music. One minute you have droning rhythms grounding and pounding your ears into submission until the song breaks into a momentary wash of ambient keyboards and piano before finally erupting back into chaos.

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Israthoum - Monument of Brimstone (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Israthoum - Monument of Brimstone (IMPORT) (LP)



Israthoum’s black metal has enough reference points to make any listener instantly comfortable, but feels varied, creative and passionate. The Necromorbus sound was a perfect choice, with the guitars kept hard-edged, churning and creepy, the bass high and the vocals absolutely feral. If you were looking to take a chance on an unknown black metal band, I would wholly recommend you scout out this album – chaotic, harsh and dark, it won’t fail to please.

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Lustmord - Zoetrope (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Lustmord - Zoetrope (IMPORT) (2LP)

180gr. black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Fans of Lustmord know that he is the master of darkness (Heresy, The Place Where the Black Stars Hang), but this thing is just plain evil. During one of the nerve-jangling tracks, you can hear a man choking to death. This is extremely unnerving. While I can fall asleep into the sinister darkness while listening to Black Stars, this one leaves me sweating as I anticipate my violent death.

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Machinefabriek - Marijn (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Machinefabriek - Marijn (IMPORT) (LP)



Vast, brilliant noise from the Netherlands. Woven together from filigrees of diffused sound, the music contained within 'Marijn' is like a slow-burning candle - shedding little light on its source, but nonetheless creating an ambience and glow that can't help but draw you in. Recommended for fans of Merzbow, Squarepusher, and Autechre.

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Slomatics - Estron (Orange) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Slomatics - Estron (Orange) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on orange colored vinyl.

"With cover art that looks like a cross between something they forgot to include in Dune and a scene from the most awesome episode of Bravestarr ever made, it's hard to fathom why Estron has so far been so overlooked… Where this trio of Belfast based bastards of the bludgeon have triumphed is in tweaking their sound just enough that Estron contains more than a few surprises when compared to its predecessor, A Hocht, whilst still dragging behind it the same monstrously sluggish slew of brain-injuring riffs that they've become known for. As [does] the Blade Runner-gone wrong 'Red Dawn' and the all-encompassing epic closer 'The Carpenter'."

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Trinacria - Travel Now Journey Infinitely (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Trinacria - Travel Now Journey Infinitely (IMPORT) (2LP)

180gr. black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

TRINACRIA is the side project formed by members of ENSLAVED, FE-MAIL and the psychedelic rock band EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHOLY BABIES. The hard hitting sounds of cutting edge Norwegian Extreme Metal combined with contemporary Norwegian Noise’s finest makes for a unique blend. The result outdoes the sum of the products by far – Trinacria represents something unique on the music scene as a whole. Incongruous soundscapes, constantly exhilarating, challenging and highly innovative music performed by Norway´s finest TRINACRIA takes you across the border and into Neither-Neither land where beauty meets chaos.

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Vattnet Viskar - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Vattnet Viskar - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)



Vattnet Viskar advertises their style of playing as ‘ambient blackened doom’, which is definitely one way to describe it. What it doesn’t include is what a lot of people will see coming: this New Hampshire based band is influenced by Cascadian / post-Black metal styles. What Vattnet Viskar does on this EP, though, is take those influences by the horns and steer them in a new direction.

The context for doom elements in this style of black metal are all over Wolves in the Throne Room’s debut LP, Diadem of 12 Stars. However, this album is beyond just elements of doom, it is woven into the fabric of the entire outing. By the accounts of the band, drummer Matt St-John is their only ‘trained’ musician. The band takes advantage by letting the drums do a lot of powerful work here. Even when the music loses the distortion in favor of acoustic strumming it is always waiting to erupt (and not just with a blast beat!), always moving. Perhaps that is counterintuitive to doom, but it’s the same effect that Jamie Saint-Merat has in Ulcerate. St-John is paddling upstream in a sludgy creek with all his might throughout the album, and that is a big reason the music is so climactic.

In terms of the rest of the band’s sound, the vocals are put up front in the mix and add a raw, roaring power (coincidentally, they can be best described as roars, rather than wails or shrieks). The guitars and bass play a wall of sound behind them, but the relatively clean production allows all the elements to be audible (both the vocals and production have more in common with Altar of Plagues than Ash Borer). If you’re waiting for a clean reverb-laden guitar buildup, you will actually find one in the latter half of ‘Intention Oblivion’, but what you won’t find is anything pretty. Instead, this album is a dark, driving affair.

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