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Against Nature - Pluperfect (IMPORT) (7 inch)



Revelation were always one of the more enigmatic bands to arise from the Maryland doom metal scene of the late 80's - early 90's, with a style that was more informed by progressive rock than the grittier Sabbathisms of their peers in Wretched, Unorthodox, and Internal Void. Taking their name from a Revelation song, Against Nature combined the crushing bluesy riffing of Black Sabbath and Trouble with prog rock moves reminiscent of Rush and even Voivod at times, a distinctive brand of doom metal different from anyone else from the Doom Capital.

"Pluperfect", a new jam exclusive to this EP, and "Confusion" a new reworking of an old Revelation song from one of their early demos that never appeared on any of Revelation's albums proper.

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Beelzefuzz - Self Titled (Black) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on black vinyl! High quality deluxe gatefold packaging. Comes with a super-huge totally-awesome poster of the spectacular album cover artwork!

The trio of guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt, bassist Pug Kirby and drummer Darin McCloskey (the latter also of Pale Divine) have quickly hit on an individual approach, rooted in a deeply melodic, progressive wizard doom that’s brought to life on stage through live double-tracking of Ortt‘s vocals and a range of effects that show up on the album as well, from the dense classic-heavy fuzz of Kirby‘s bass to compression on the singing and some manner of alchemy in the guitar that turns it into a Hammond organ. All of this enriches and deepens the atmosphere live as well as on Beelzefuzz‘s self-titled debut full-length and quickly into the album, it becomes clear that Beelzefuzz are offering something different from the standard post-The Obsessed/Pentagram riff-and-chug of Maryland doom.

Certainly those elements are there, but whether it’s the gallop that begins the album with opener and highlight “Reborn” or the more stoner shuffle that drives “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz present their material in such a way as to create an aesthetic of their own from these familiar parts. Across an eight-track span, the band casts a richly melodic ambience that’s somewhat thicker tonally than they have been live in my experience, but recorded largely by the venerable Chris Koslowski, it still represents the quirk in their turns and the breadth of their influence well, Ortt emerging as a frontman presence even without the benefit of the widened eyes with which he often regards his audience from the stage. There are flashes of complex brilliance, as “Hypnotize” and “Lonely Creatures” can attest, and even in the shorter, more straightforward pieces like “Lotus Jam” and “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz don’t sound quite like anyone or anything else out there. Silly name or not they’re something special.

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Beelzefuzz - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)

High quality deluxe mini-gatefold packaging.

The trio of guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt, bassist Pug Kirby and drummer Darin McCloskey (the latter also of Pale Divine) have quickly hit on an individual approach, rooted in a deeply melodic, progressive wizard doom that’s brought to life on stage through live double-tracking of Ortt‘s vocals and a range of effects that show up on the album as well, from the dense classic-heavy fuzz of Kirby‘s bass to compression on the singing and some manner of alchemy in the guitar that turns it into a Hammond organ. All of this enriches and deepens the atmosphere live as well as on Beelzefuzz‘s self-titled debut full-length and quickly into the album, it becomes clear that Beelzefuzz are offering something different from the standard post-The Obsessed/Pentagram riff-and-chug of Maryland doom.

Certainly those elements are there, but whether it’s the gallop that begins the album with opener and highlight “Reborn” or the more stoner shuffle that drives “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz present their material in such a way as to create an aesthetic of their own from these familiar parts. Across an eight-track span, the band casts a richly melodic ambience that’s somewhat thicker tonally than they have been live in my experience, but recorded largely by the venerable Chris Koslowski, it still represents the quirk in their turns and the breadth of their influence well, Ortt emerging as a frontman presence even without the benefit of the widened eyes with which he often regards his audience from the stage. There are flashes of complex brilliance, as “Hypnotize” and “Lonely Creatures” can attest, and even in the shorter, more straightforward pieces like “Lotus Jam” and “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz don’t sound quite like anyone or anything else out there. Silly name or not, they’re something special.

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Beelzefuzz - Self Titled (Purple) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 500 copies on purple vinyl! High quality deluxe gatefold packaging. Comes with a super-huge totally-awesome poster of the spectacular album cover artwork! This purple vinyl edition also comes with a bonus silkscreened art print!

The trio of guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt, bassist Pug Kirby and drummer Darin McCloskey (the latter also of Pale Divine) have quickly hit on an individual approach, rooted in a deeply melodic, progressive wizard doom that’s brought to life on stage through live double-tracking of Ortt‘s vocals and a range of effects that show up on the album as well, from the dense classic-heavy fuzz of Kirby‘s bass to compression on the singing and some manner of alchemy in the guitar that turns it into a Hammond organ. All of this enriches and deepens the atmosphere live as well as on Beelzefuzz‘s self-titled debut full-length and quickly into the album, it becomes clear that Beelzefuzz are offering something different from the standard post-The Obsessed/Pentagram riff-and-chug of Maryland doom.

Certainly those elements are there, but whether it’s the gallop that begins the album with opener and highlight “Reborn” or the more stoner shuffle that drives “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz present their material in such a way as to create an aesthetic of their own from these familiar parts. Across an eight-track span, the band casts a richly melodic ambience that’s somewhat thicker tonally than they have been live in my experience, but recorded largely by the venerable Chris Koslowski, it still represents the quirk in their turns and the breadth of their influence well, Ortt emerging as a frontman presence even without the benefit of the widened eyes with which he often regards his audience from the stage. There are flashes of complex brilliance, as “Hypnotize” and “Lonely Creatures” can attest, and even in the shorter, more straightforward pieces like “Lotus Jam” and “Sirens Song,” Beelzefuzz don’t sound quite like anyone or anything else out there. Silly name or not, they’re something special.

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Blackfinger - Self Titled (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Featuring Eric Wagner (Trouble).

Limited edition of only 100 copies on color vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.


The sound of this new band is intriguing. It bears only a fleeting resemblance to Trouble (Wagner’s “cover band” The Skull has that market cornered), but it also avoids the Beatle-esque psychedelia that I was expecting to hear. The mellower songs are still extremely dark, and the heavy tracks manage to avoid heavy metal orthodoxy somewhat. Wagner sounds just as worn down as he did on the last couple Trouble records, but in the context of Blackfinger, he actually makes it work. This is a morose, melancholy record, and Wagner’s current style is well suited to it.

Which is not to imply that Blackfinger can’t bring the heavy. The doomy, multi-sectioned “Yellowood” proves otherwise. The groove riff (with cowbell!) on “Here Comes The Rain” would fit right in on Plastic Green Head, while closer “Till Death Do us Part” has a vague Run To The Light-era vibe. But the real standout is “All The Leaves Are Brown”, an up-tempo rocker that puts Wagner’s former band to shame, while simultaneously being its own thing. Guitarists Rico Bianchi and Doug Hakes do a fantastic job throughout, providing some bluesy solos and memorable riffs. The slow jams are still Wagner’s bread and butter though, and Blackfinger contains some great ones.

“For One More Day” might cut it a little close to Trouble‘s classic “The Misery Shows,” but acquits itself with classy, subtle guitar work that Trouble never quite had the versatility to pull off. “On Tuesday Morning” is mellow and surprisingly upbeat, with the heavier choruses providing the necessary dynamics. On “As Long As I’m With You,” Wagner delivers some of the most intimate vocal work of his career, his trademark baritone backed by delicate piano and cello, and the results are positively haunting. Ben Smith’s upright bass playing also adds some depth to the acoustic tracks. Even though I’ve been listening to Eric Wagner’s music for two decades, I feel like we barely knew the guy until now. It’s almost as if he was playing a role in his old band, being something he wasn’t, and Blackfinger is the first time he’s let his guard down (well, besides the Lid record). The other members of Blackfinger are capable of exploring these new avenues with Wagner while doing justice to his Troubled past as well.

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Blackfinger - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)

Featuring Eric Wagner (Trouble).

The sound of this new band is intriguing. It bears only a fleeting resemblance to Trouble (Wagner’s “cover band” The Skull has that market cornered), but it also avoids the Beatle-esque psychedelia that I was expecting to hear. The mellower songs are still extremely dark, and the heavy tracks manage to avoid heavy metal orthodoxy somewhat. Wagner sounds just as worn down as he did on the last couple Trouble records, but in the context of Blackfinger, he actually makes it work. This is a morose, melancholy record, and Wagner’s current style is well suited to it.

Which is not to imply that Blackfinger can’t bring the heavy. The doomy, multi-sectioned “Yellowood” proves otherwise. The groove riff (with cowbell!) on “Here Comes The Rain” would fit right in on Plastic Green Head, while closer “Till Death Do us Part” has a vague Run To The Light-era vibe. But the real standout is “All The Leaves Are Brown”, an up-tempo rocker that puts Wagner’s former band to shame, while simultaneously being its own thing. Guitarists Rico Bianchi and Doug Hakes do a fantastic job throughout, providing some bluesy solos and memorable riffs. The slow jams are still Wagner’s bread and butter though, and Blackfinger contains some great ones.

“For One More Day” might cut it a little close to Trouble‘s classic “The Misery Shows,” but acquits itself with classy, subtle guitar work that Trouble never quite had the versatility to pull off. “On Tuesday Morning” is mellow and surprisingly upbeat, with the heavier choruses providing the necessary dynamics. On “As Long As I’m With You,” Wagner delivers some of the most intimate vocal work of his career, his trademark baritone backed by delicate piano and cello, and the results are positively haunting. Ben Smith’s upright bass playing also adds some depth to the acoustic tracks. Even though I’ve been listening to Eric Wagner’s music for two decades, I feel like we barely knew the guy until now. It’s almost as if he was playing a role in his old band, being something he wasn’t, and Blackfinger is the first time he’s let his guard down (well, besides the Lid record). The other members of Blackfinger are capable of exploring these new avenues with Wagner while doing justice to his Troubled past as well.

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Blackfinger - Self Titled (IMPORT) (LP)

Featuring Eric Wagner (Trouble).

Black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.


The sound of this new band is intriguing. It bears only a fleeting resemblance to Trouble (Wagner’s “cover band” The Skull has that market cornered), but it also avoids the Beatle-esque psychedelia that I was expecting to hear. The mellower songs are still extremely dark, and the heavy tracks manage to avoid heavy metal orthodoxy somewhat. Wagner sounds just as worn down as he did on the last couple Trouble records, but in the context of Blackfinger, he actually makes it work. This is a morose, melancholy record, and Wagner’s current style is well suited to it.

Which is not to imply that Blackfinger can’t bring the heavy. The doomy, multi-sectioned “Yellowood” proves otherwise. The groove riff (with cowbell!) on “Here Comes The Rain” would fit right in on Plastic Green Head, while closer “Till Death Do us Part” has a vague Run To The Light-era vibe. But the real standout is “All The Leaves Are Brown”, an up-tempo rocker that puts Wagner’s former band to shame, while simultaneously being its own thing. Guitarists Rico Bianchi and Doug Hakes do a fantastic job throughout, providing some bluesy solos and memorable riffs. The slow jams are still Wagner’s bread and butter though, and Blackfinger contains some great ones.

“For One More Day” might cut it a little close to Trouble‘s classic “The Misery Shows,” but acquits itself with classy, subtle guitar work that Trouble never quite had the versatility to pull off. “On Tuesday Morning” is mellow and surprisingly upbeat, with the heavier choruses providing the necessary dynamics. On “As Long As I’m With You,” Wagner delivers some of the most intimate vocal work of his career, his trademark baritone backed by delicate piano and cello, and the results are positively haunting. Ben Smith’s upright bass playing also adds some depth to the acoustic tracks. Even though I’ve been listening to Eric Wagner’s music for two decades, I feel like we barely knew the guy until now. It’s almost as if he was playing a role in his old band, being something he wasn’t, and Blackfinger is the first time he’s let his guard down (well, besides the Lid record). The other members of Blackfinger are capable of exploring these new avenues with Wagner while doing justice to his Troubled past as well.

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Centurions Ghost - Blessed & Cursed in Equal Measure (IMPORT) (CD)



Centurions Ghost play some elements of traditional doom in a twisted form like Iron Monkey, yet at the same time they have some mid-tempo sludge riffery like Crowbar. This time around the band has taken it one step further by adding a slight progressive edge to their songs given them new depth and a bleaker sound. If there is a heavier band from the UK at the moment, I would love to hear them. With older bands like Electric Wizard officially stuck in neutral, it is great to know there are albums like this that can still floor you.

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Deep Blue, The - Antartic Abyss (IMPORT) (CD)



OK, these guys sound a lot like Sleep. A LOT. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that they sound a lot like Om, the post-Sleep power duo of Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius, 'cuz The Deep Blue do a similiar drone-chord pound over Tibetan chanting thing. Of course, The Deep Blue are a guitar, bass and drums trio, so the sound is more downtuned and crunchy and sludgy, but if there was ever a need to hear what Om would sound like as a full band, then The Deep Blue are here to serve.

That said, this is an excellent slab o' hypnotic trance sludge. Specializing in progressive, psychedelic-tinged doom and sludge, The Deep Blue fit right in with the melodic progressive sludge of Tekhton and the druggy tectonic dirge of Spancer. Split into two tracks, each roughly 13 minutes long, mighty hypno doom mantras of syrupy riffage and trippy chanting about ancient Lovecraftian ocean tyrants rising from beneath ice floes. Being a huge fan of both droning hypnotic riffage and ancient Lovecraftian beasts awakening from the ocean floor, I don't give a shit how indebted to Sleep/Om these guys are, this disc rules me.

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Lord of the Grave - Green Vapour (IMPORT) (CD)



Lord of the Grave is a two-piece (guitar/drums) band from Switzerland. The band plays a filthy style of sludgified doom riffs and monster grooves built from a solid blues foundation. Green Vapour is their second album and first with Sam Wart on drums. It's hard to imagine a more demented title to an opening track than "Raping Zombies", but if that's how Lord of the Grave choose to introduce themselves on this album, then sonically speaking, they are not wrong to do so. Thick, almost pungent, sub-Electric Wizard tones rumble in from a fog of feedback. The track shambles and stomps like a putrefying corpse leading to the verse which takes a wonderful turn. The guitar matches the vocal line in the best blues tradition. Halfway through the tempo picks up and Rob Grave (guitar/vocals) does a blues solo which sounds great in those low tones. The song ends in a wall of feedback and leads directly into the title track.

A ringing, eerie melody downshifts into a fuzzy doom anthem. Drummer Sam Wart has his standout moment on this track, driving the song forward and lending some infectious momentum to the track that is soon matched by bandmate Rob Grave. "Horsepuncher" is not only my favorite scene from Conan, it's also a hyper-aggressive, slow building, shit kicker of a track that would make the titular character of the aforementioned movie drink mead, thump his chest, and throw the horns. The final two tracks are essentially a single composition split into two tracks. "Mountain Rites" is yet another fuzzed out doom-o-rama, more of what the listener has come to expect at this point, but "00/15" shows the band in a slightly different light, those big riffs are still there, but Rob Grave sings and builds a wall of guitar noise that is reminiscent of the expansive soundscapes of Hawkwind, and remember they had a lot more than two guys in that band.

The song isn't a complete departure but it does offer a slightly different look from a consistent band on a very consistent album. Overall, Green Vapour is a solid album that maintains a consistent feel from opening feedback to closing fade out. There aren't any truly weak moments to speak of but there are a ton of standout moments and the album should really be listened to in one sitting to get the right effect, but each track stands on its own. If what you're looking for is some good aggressive doom with riffs along the lines of Electric Wizard and a fuzz tone more akin to bands like Goya and Tombstones then look no further.

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Lord of the Grave - Raunacht (IMPORT) (CD)



Ranuacht is like a boat ride in a stormy sea, where the water has been replaced with a vast number of very heavy riffs that surround the listener like huge sonic waves.

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Lord Vicar - Fear No Pain (IMPORT) (CD)

Features members of Reverend Bizarre, Centurions Ghost, Saint Vitus and Count Raven.

Consisting of members of Reverend Bizarre, Centurions Ghost, Saint Vitus and Count Raven it's not hard to draw the conclusion as to what sort of doom these holy doomsters play. Yes, traditional doom of epic proportions with the emphasis on hooks and melodies. The choruses will nestle themselves into your head.

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Lord Vicar - Signs of Osiris (IMPORT) (2LP)

Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Signs of Osiris matches the airy, striking painting on its front cover through an appropriately spacious construction. While the debut was a morass, a thundering leviathan soaked in hopeless melancholy, this baby has a bit more of a loose feeling. Fear not, the unearthly weight of Peter Inverted's guitar tone has lost none of its resonating warmth and fuzz, but the songwriting allows for a few more bass-led or acoustic areas, where Jussi Myllykoski and Chritus shine - respectively - stronger than ever.

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Lord Vicar - Signs of Osiris (IMPORT) (CD)



Signs of Osiris matches the airy, striking painting on its front cover through an appropriately spacious construction. While the debut was a morass, a thundering leviathan soaked in hopeless melancholy, this baby has a bit more of a loose feeling. Fear not, the unearthly weight of Peter Inverted's guitar tone has lost none of its resonating warmth and fuzz, but the songwriting allows for a few more bass-led or acoustic areas, where Jussi Myllykoski and Chritus shine - respectively - stronger than ever.

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Lord Vicar/Revelation - Split 10 inch (IMPORT) (10 inch)

Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Two songs from each band: Lord Vicar - "As Hearses roll by" "Revelation - Dark Lane"

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Mirror of Deception/Garden of Worm - Split LP (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on black vinyl.

Named after a King Crimson song, and often billed straight to the chin as a doom band, Garden of Worm maintains the tradition of quality Finnish metal.My familiarity lies only with their debut album and a split with another underrated cult of heavies Mirror of Deception.

Back to the doom aspect though, this trio is hardly what I’d call a flat out doom band.The down-tempo is there, riffs sink down to Hell instead of parting the clouds to heaven and the arrangements are plodding, but a few things differentiate these guys from a thick pack including the cleaner tones, dual melodic vocals, off-the-cuff time changes and inventive song structures that do a lot with a lean foundation.This stuff is psychedelic like a good clean trip, just as heavy as it needs to be while possessing an emphasis on hooks you’ll remember long after their audio hallucinations retreat back into the swirling nether from whence they came.

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Obsessed, The - The Church Within (2LP)

180gr. vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. 2 bonus tracks. Liner notes by Wino.

Biker metal, doom metal, stoner metal…whatever metal subgenre you want to fit him into, Scott “Wino” Weinrich has been at the forefront of it for over thirty years. The unmistakable rasp of his lead vocals and thick, fuzzy Gibson guitar tone have spearheaded bands ranging from Saint Vitus to Spirit Caravan to Probot, but for many his crowning achievement (and most accessible one) was The Church Within, the last album he made with his first band, The Obsessed, for Columbia in 1994.

His lone major label release, The Church Within features the dark vision and crushing, slow-motion riffs beloved by fans of Black Sabbath, but the driving intensity and atonal guitar solos recall Motorhead and Black Flag, respectively; in short, this album transcends genre classifications even as it defines them. Now, for the first time, this lost classic of ‘90s metal is being reissued with two bonus tracks (the single “Mental Kingdom” and the unreleased track “Melancholy Grey”), added photos, the original album art with lyrics and a new note from Wino himself. Everyone from Henry Rollins to Dave Grohl to Ian MacKaye has sung Wino’s praises…time to join the chorus.

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Obsessed, The - The Church Within (Blue) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition on blue colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

'The Church Within' is the final album by The Obsessed, originally released in 1994 and produced in California by M.C. Snoob. This impressive album definitely helped in paving the way for many of today's popular metal bands.

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Obsessed, The - The Church Within (IMPORT) (CD)



Originally hammered out in 1994, this heavy classic is an unsurpassed mastery of doom fronted by Wino (later vocal/guitars in Spirit Caravan) and featuring Greg Rogers on Drums (now drummer for Goatsnake) and Guy Pinhas on bass (now bassist for Goatsnake). Passion, wisdom and enormous power.

Everyone bow down and pray to the stoner rock god, the one the only...WINO!!!! this album is a must for any true metal fan.sum it up in one word my friends..CLASSIC.

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Obsessed, The - The Church Within (Re-issue) (CD)

Re-issue. 2 bonus tracks. Liner notes by Wino.

Biker metal, doom metal, stoner metal…whatever metal subgenre you want to fit him into, Scott “Wino” Weinrich has been at the forefront of it for over thirty years. The unmistakable rasp of his lead vocals and thick, fuzzy Gibson guitar tone have spearheaded bands ranging from Saint Vitus to Spirit Caravan to Probot, but for many his crowning achievement (and most accessible one) was The Church Within, the last album he made with his first band, The Obsessed, for Columbia in 1994.

His lone major label release, The Church Within features the dark vision and crushing, slow-motion riffs beloved by fans of Black Sabbath, but the driving intensity and atonal guitar solos recall Motorhead and Black Flag, respectively; in short, this album transcends genre classifications even as it defines them. Now, for the first time, this lost classic of ‘90s metal is being reissued with two bonus tracks (the single “Mental Kingdom” and the unreleased track “Melancholy Grey”), added photos the original album art with lyrics and a new note from Wino himself. Everyone from Henry Rollins to Dave Grohl to Ian MacKaye has sung Wino’s praises…time to join the chorus.

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