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Black Oath - Ov Qliphoth and Darkness (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Black Oath - Ov Qliphoth and Darkness (IMPORT) (CD)



Black Oath is nourishing their music with the sounds of their ancestors like Dark Quarterer, Abysmal Grief or Black Hole. But Ov Qliphoth and Darkness is more influenced by the Northern Europe scene. There's a rampant Candlemass nod throughout the album. You can feel the same epic feel a band like Solstice has but with a darker presence. I thought the sophomore release was much more epic than the debut, but I realized it's because of its clearer and solid production. The guitar tone is a bit less crude and the mix between the guitars and the bass is more equal. It's a bit softer than The Third Aeon as well but I think the songwriting is stronger. If you're hungry for solid epic doom, look for no further, this release along with the new Procession are gonna be the jewels of 2013.

In case you think that “Ov Qliphoth And Darkness” deals with the traditional branch of Doom Metal, you’re damn right; despite the fact that Black Oath belong to the Southern part of Europe, their sound has many distinct ties with the Northwestern coasts and bands like Candlemass, Memento Mori and Memory Garden. And this is evident in Black Oath’s almost theatrical approach in songwriting and the too-traditional Doom Metal guitars that shine in any given chance (yup, I’m talking about the Saint Vitus vibrato guitar preaching - Amen). “Ov Qliphoth And Darkness” contains 8 gloomy, epic Doom Metal tracks filled with slow and mournful hooks that come to life via the clear and solid production.

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Black Oath - The Third Aeon (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Black Oath - The Third Aeon (IMPORT) (CD)



Black Oath are on a pursuit to bring the secrets of specters to ears eager to listen. The certain degree of anonymity the band demonstrates only appears natural under these circumstances - the unknown horror is always the most intriguing. So with lyrical themes and an image such as this Black Oath’s music of choice was naturally doom metal, or perhaps it is more accurately described as traditional epic doom metal with a strong penchant for the legendary early albums by Candlemass. These influences – the mournful sounds pioneered by the Swedes and the conspicuously strong Italian musical heritage – are consistently woven together to create doomed music that any fan of the genre cannot hope to ignore.

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Burning Saviours - Boken Om Forbannelsen (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Burning Saviours - Boken Om Forbannelsen (IMPORT) (CD)



8 years have passed since BURNING SAVIOURS and I HATE last joined forces for the group's second full-length album 'Hundus'. This offering, the CD 'Boken Om Förbannelsen' collects four 7" singles recorded during 2011-2013. Since BURNING SAVIOURS' foundation back in 2003, the interest for 70s (doom) rock has more or less exploded. No matter what the trendies have been throwing out, this group has been going slow but steady and the material displayed on 'Boken Om Förbannelsen' ('The Book About The Curse' in English) really shows what they are made of!

For some classic "namedropping", think of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Led Zeppelin, Bedemon, Jerusalem, Buffalo, Iron Claw, Atomic Rooster, etc. The 70s is indeed their biggest influence. But before anything else, this sounds like BURNING SAVIOURS! Of the 8 songs featured on the compilation, 2 are sung in their native Swedish tongue and the rest in English. People into classic heavy rock, created with both brain and passion, get ready to be engulfed by your burning saviour!

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Burning Saviours - Hundus (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Burning Saviours - Hundus (IMPORT) (CD)



There is scarce doubt in my mind that Burning Saviours’ momentous debut, along with Witchcraft’s sublime sophomore effort and Pagan Altar’s Lords of Hypocrisy , is very much the finest recording I’ve laid ears on in the new millennium. A wistful, otherworldly flight of fancy that meshed the drifting, languorous weightlessness of vintage Spring/Dark/Czar-esque prog and bucolic whimsy of Jethro Tull with the off-balance doom rock of classic Pentagram, Burning Saviours was a consummate exercise in mesmeric, bewitching, TIMELESS rock n’roll that has yet to leave my disc changer. The growth that the band has exhibited since their more Witchfinder General and Quartz-slanted demo material cannot be understated, and it would be rather foolhardy to expect the band to dwell in artistic complacency for Hunuds.

Indeed, this record flaunts a degree of ambition and imagination that effortlessly distinguishes it from its predecessor, the band’s penchant for progressive angularity edging out, for the most part, their emphasis on soporific textures. This is transcendental music that will likely outlive most anything that will come out in 2006.

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Burning Saviours - Self Titled (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Burning Saviours - Self Titled (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (CD)



Not since Witchcraft's debut album has there been a group so acutely attuned to the mystical frequencies of '70s proto-doom, so sensitive to the cryptic mystery that made bands like Atomic Rooster so special. Not til now, that is, because this record is a fucking corker. Drums are full and rich and the cymbals are crisp, sonorous and musical. The guitar tone is fucking gold, swooning with sultry Hendrix sensuality. The bass is velvety and dulcet. What results is a sound that emanates all the resonating warmth of a vintage record. The guitar sound and mix absolutely radiating with warmth, yet synthesizes this sensibility with a more aggressive modern sheen. Everything about this release is instant classic. Hell, I'm about to pull out all my old Pentagram, Trapeze, Black Widow records after this.

Burning Saviours, along with Falcon, High Rise and Ogre have managed to encapsulate all that was magical about a bygone era, revitalizing blueprints adopted by some of rock's most esoterically enchanting outfits and renewing them for today's audience. Dark, progressive, hypnotic doom of the very purest strain. So fucking essential.

Burning Saviours dives deep into the underground cult rock of '70s but they also are inspired from the old school traditional doom metal. The ghosts of Black Sabbath and Pentagram wearing Saint Vitus and Witchfinder General T-shirts are wandering into the hard rocking paths of Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix, carrying some of Rocky Erickson’s madness. The characteristic vocals of Andrei Amartinesei inspired by Bobby Liebling (Pentagram) and Zepp Parkes (Witchfinder General) are the strongest feature of this album. It has everything: good songs, dark atmosphere, cult old school production (you can actually feel the warmth of the red hot amplifier tubes hehehe), and great vocals.

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Count Raven - Mammons War (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Count Raven - Mammons War (IMPORT) (CD)



Mammon is a term that was used to describe greed, avarice, and unjust worldly gain, and that let's you know the band still covers topics about social injustices and how fucked up the world truly is - especially today. Old fans should not be disappointed by this album musically either; it feels like no time has passed since the mid-90's. The Raven flies again, more inspired than ever!

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Damnations Hammer - Disciples of the Hex (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Damnations Hammer - Disciples of the Hex (IMPORT) (CD)



Damnations Hammer's Lovecraftian doomy Death - deathly Doom, or whatever, turns out to be pretty darn awesome on this disc. Seriously, the crispiness of guitars' tone, the utter heaviness of a pounding bass sound, the drums of true doom and vocalist Tim Preston's serious attempt to sound like Mr. Warrior himself, they all together create one helluva scary and menacing atmosphere over the songs on "Disciples Of The Hex", that one and only Celtic Frost-ian atmosphere that always gets some loud applause and deep nods among a cultivated Metal crowd. But yeah, whether someone finds this UK trio's total Celtic Frost worship somehow disturbing - or even ridiculous and silly, I guess it's pretty much his / her headache then. I enjoy the album as it is offered to me: with its dozens of musical hints about being a true bastard child of Celtic Frost's past times. In fact, it's great even to notice some band has decided to give a fair try for Celtic Frost's heritage.

That's truly something worth cherishing I think - and Damnations Hammer should definitely earn a few extra thumbs up for that on "Disciples Of The Hex".

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Dwell Within - Monkshood (Color) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Dwell Within - Monkshood (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 444 copies on white vinyl.

Dwell Within aren't newcomers to the world of doom metal. In fact, it could be seen as Mark III in the progression of a band previously known as Cor and Oversoul, led by Dennis Cornelius, a musician who really knows the ropes of the genre as a one-time member of Revelation and Place of Skulls. Constantly honing their skills and perfecting the craft of adventurous heavy music, Monkshood firmly falls into the conforms of true doom, yet simultaneously contorts beyond regular conventions, all the while preserving a coherent and developed sound that stands out in a world of copycats.

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Ereb Altor - By Honour (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Ereb Altor - By Honour (IMPORT) (CD)



This is first class heavy metal, meaning epic, heavy, melodic, melancholic and true to the style created by Bathory, Scald, DoomSword with elements of Candlemass and Isole.

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Evoken - A Caress of the Void (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Evoken - A Caress of the Void (IMPORT) (CD)



Doom. Any music that can drive someone to kill themselves is okay with me. This is my way of being "green" as I think overpopulation is a massive issue that mankind won't address. Evoken flies the flag of slow and plodding funeral doom. This music wants you to be in a cold dark place for a long long time and A Caress Of The Void puts you there with ease. Reminiscent of greats like Thergothon, Winter, Morgion, Catacombs and the slower moments of Incantation's career, Evoken plays slow and hypnotizing funeral doom with precision.

Imagine four really old trees playing metal. It would be doom, right? No other way around it. It would be slow, of the tenebrous kind, sort of eerie, supernatural in some ways. As fast as the wind shakes the heavy and oddly long branches, slow and long movements, massive string strums shall be let rung. As long as there is, feeling is fine. This, the feeling, shall not be of the good kind. Actually, the uglier, the more negative, the more depressive and suicidal, the most negative, perverse and antagonistic, the better. This is doom to drown to.

'A Caress Of The Void' is seven songs full of atmosphere, loads of echo on the guitar sounds, deep gurgling death grunts and very little space left for compassion or pity. The uncanny doom swelling up from the deepest thoughts are maybe a bit predictable but surely pleasantly recognisable. You have to be made of stone not to like or have suicidal thoughts listening to 'Mare Erythraeum' or 'Suffer A Martyr's Trial (Procession At Dusk)'. Evoken plays doom on a high standard and of course the common doom influences of My Dying Bride are there, but also The Swans or King Crimson or the dark sound scapes of Lustmord can be heard. They truly sound like the nails being hammered in the lid of your coffin. Great CD!

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