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Amenra – Mass VI

Author: Felix Hølter

Band: Amenra
Album:
Mass VI
Genre: Sludge, Post-Metal
Label: Neurot Recordings
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter
Live: ADTicket
Website: amenra-official.tumblr.com

After five years since “Mass V”, Belgium’s masters of heartbreaking Sludge Amenra released their fifth studio album in October 2017. And again those guys clench your neck and drag you to your own personal hell. On “Mass VI” Amenra are following their own style of sludgy Post-Metal again: slow and clean playing with spoken words and clean singing plus the probably heaviest slow riffing of Europe in 2017. There is nothing really new about “Mass VI” – but after some listening sessions, you will get the details, which make this album Amenra’s masterpiece. Even the most sceptic music snobs will lose their minds after listening to the intro of “Solitary Reign”.

Wolf Counsel – Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Wolf Counsel
Album: Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos
Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Czar Of Bullets
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, YouTube
Live:
Website: wolfcounsel.net

The birth of this band was as slow as their riffs are: Wolf Counsel needed almost twenty years to form a band out of their first ideas. But it was worth it. With their third record “Age Of Madness/Reign Of Chaos” the quartet serves finest slow Doom. The Zürich-based ensemble combines well-known Doom attitude with slow and heavy riffs, lingering drums and the deep growling vocals of singer Ralf W. Garcia. Fans of Orange Goblin and Saint Vitus will find this record interesting and Sabbath fans get their ice cream with the second track “Semper Occultus”, which contains a “Paranoid”-esque intro, groovy riffs and an epic guitar solo towards the end.

 

Krane – Pleonexia

Author: Meredith Schmiedeskamp

Band: Krane
Album: Pleonexia
Genre: Post-Rock/-Metal
Label: Czar Of Crickets Productions
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Live: ADTicket
Website: kraneband.ch

With “Pleonexia” Krane from Switzerland have created an instrumental concept-work about conflicts, which are always proceeding on our planet. Although there are no lyrics, the most tracks contain social criticism in form of concise quotes from speakers like Louis Farrakhan, Robert Oppenheimer and Serdar Somuncu. Musically, Krane are playing their Post-Rock in an atmospheric, but heavy way. The guitars are shimmering as they should do in this genre, but the way of drumming is worthy of discussion. Either the drums keep quiet, or toms and snare are overused and stressful intonated. Less could be more in this case.

Boneflower – Empty Rooms, Full Bodies

Author: Felix Hølter

Band: Boneflower
Album: Empty Rooms, Full Bodies
Genre: Screamo
Label: Lifeisafunnything (Germany), Unlock yourself (Russia), Saltamarges (Spain) and more
Release Date: November 11, 2017
Listen & Buy: Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram
Live: –
Website: boneflower.tictail.com

This years’ Screamo releases were definitely rad. You cannot simply ignore this genre, even if you’re a true Sludge Worm. Next to I Hate Sex and Heaven In Her Arms, Boneflower from Spain put out one last masterpiece for 2017. “Empty Rooms, Full Bodies” is their second album and it floats between spoken word-like vocals and epic guitar peaks with sharp screaming. The whole thing is configured to induce goose bumps from the first listen. Boneflower accomplish to create an amalgam of Screamo and some kind of Post-Metal, which is both, expressive and emotional, music.

Nyos – Navigation

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Nyos
Album: Nation
Genre: Ambient, Post-Rock
Label: Self-released, Meta Matter Records
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Spotify, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Live:
Website:

What are two men doing in the long cold nights of Finland? Right, a majestic Ambient Post-Rock record. Nyos did what they can do best, combining atmospheric soundspheres with banging drums and mixed with a hint of Psychedelic. “Navigation” is an ode to the dark and stormy times and contains hypnotic guitar sounds that bequile you. Like on their third album “Nature”, they came up with six completely instrumental songs, which create a calming and exciting atmosphere. So if you are into Deafheaven, but don’t like George Clarke’s vocals, then you have to give this one a spin.

Magma Rise – At The Edge Of The Days

Author: Tamino Freitag


Band: Magma Rise
Album: At The Edge Of The Days (10″)
Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Daredevil Records
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Listen & Buy: Spotify, iTunes
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter
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Website: magmarise.net

Around since 2009 and arisen from the ashes of the Hungarian band Mood, Magma Rise have released two albums and a few splits and EPs in eight years. The small, but great addition to the discography comes in form of a new 10“ called „At The Edge Of The Days“, including the song by the same name and a cover of Black Sabbath’s „A National Acrobat“, featuring Karl Agell. The original song takes over with beautiful, heartwrenching melodies in a classic Doom Metal context, while the cover is good, but not mind-blowing. Seeing how brilliant the title track is, one would wish for more original material from this great band.

Switchblade Jesus & Fuzz Evil – Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7

Author:  Sammy Fröbel

Band: Switchblade Jesus & Fuzz Evil
Album: Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label: Ripple Music
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify
Social: Facebook (Switchblade Jesus), Facebook (Fuzz Evil)
Live: –

The bandname Fuzz Evil is a warning. Fuzzy riffs and groovy drums are coming for you on “The Second Coming For Heavy: Chapter 7”. Together with Switchblade Jesus, Fuzz Evil released one of the most interesting records in 2017’s Stoner Rock. The trio offers a lot of catchy riffing and the deep growling of singer Eric Calvert. The must-listen song on this split release from the two befriended American bands is “Wet Lungs” by Switchblade Jesus, opening with a sound collage into a Country track which transforms into a spacy Psychedelic groove later. Influences are: Black Mountain, Clutch & Melvins. This split is a perfect mix from two bands’ strongest musical components in seven songs.

Atrox – Monocle

Author: Meredith Schmiedeskamp

Band: Atrox
Album: Monocle
Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Dark Essence Records
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, YouTube
Live: –

Atrox from Trondheim, Norway have been founded back in 1990 and changed their musical style in various ways since then. The new record called “Monocle” isn’t that easy to catch. Founded on modern Metal riffing with progressive rhythmic patterns and many electronics, they create detailed and demanding songs. On top of this, Atrox‘ vocals are very versatile, performed by Rune Folgerø (also known from Manes), who unites characteristics of Mike Patton (Faith No More), Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass) and Warrel Dane (RIP, ex-Nevermore, Sanctuary). Exciting, eclectic and exhausting.

ColdCell – Those

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: ColdCell
Album: Those
Genre: Post-Metal, Melodic Black Metal
Label: Czar Of Bullets
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, YouTube
Live: –

Risen from the ruins of the Switzerland-based Black Metal band Atritas, the Icelandic, German and Swiss collaboration ColdCell released a fear-driven, brutal and despaired-sounding album named “Those”, which makes you feel lost, but also satisfied. This record lets you smell the paranoia of being traced by an unknown spirit with its banging drum sounds and depressing vocals, but in a good way. The quintet has the ability to express something beautiful through broken sounds and scenes, like the various strange riff-sections and the dark singing in the two-parted “Entity I & II”.  Lovers of Black Metal as Blutmond and also of modern Post-Metal like Amenra have to give this record a listen.

Black Sadhu – Gayas Revenge (EP)

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Black Sadhu
Album: Gayas Revenge
Genre: Stoner Metal, Horror Doom
Label: Self-released
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Listen&Buy: Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Live: –

Hailing from the capital of Germany, Black Sadhu deliver the perfect soundtrack for your next midnight ceremony. Dark and slow Doom riffs meet spacy effects paired with a deep frightening voice, which could belong to an ancient archpriest. With “Gayas Revenge” the Berlin-based foursome released their second EP already. Black Sadhu describe their sound as Horror Doom, which fits perfectly. You’ll get psychedelic Doom with ritual-like vocals and even Black Metal moments, which can distract from the music itself sometimes. You can’t file this record under any existing genre, but I bet that if you put Orange Goblin and Saint Vitus in a mixer, this EP would be the result.