Spirit Adrift – Chained to Oblivion

Fantastic doom metal, held back only by it’s lack of “off button”. It basically is full throttle, tear jerking emotions the entire record, which yes, the vocals especially are soulful as all hell, but for it’s length especially it wears on you a bit. The songs sound pretty similar as well. Still awesome for what it is, haven’t heard a great trad doom record this year until now.


8/10

Pulczesar – Pulczesar

Absolutely fantastic album. Great riffs, creative and fantastic guitar work, and god damn I love those vocals. This is stoner doom done just about as well as you possibly could, at just about the perfect length. I feel like the last track is a bit of a waste, but Guilt Heavy as the Universe is just so fucking good that it makes up for that. I’m really surprised at how awesome this is for a free download, these guys need to start charging for music this good.


8.75/10

https://pulczesar.bandcamp.com/releases

מזמור [Mizmor] – Yodh

This album is like porn in musical form to me. It’s got the perfect combination of aggressive, somber, evil, and reflective content that I crave in every album I listen to but never get. They combine their influences near perfectly (although I can’t really agree that i hear drone metal in this), and the only reason this doesn’t get a higher score is that they didn’t do anything “extra” to really wow me. This is still an absolutely amazing album, if anything because they managed to make an hour long album not feel long in the slightest. Track 3 is a masterpiece. If you like blackened doom at all, this is a MUST listen.


9.25/10

https://mizmor.bandcamp.com/

Ēōs – Third Demo

Absolutely fantastic demo. The main theme is present, but there’s enough slow evolution to keep your interest, which is really difficult to do in funeral doom. I especially love that opening synth, and really wish they would’ve done a bit more with that, other than play it in the background. It’s this cool moog like synth that sounds like it came right out of a black church service. Obviously it’s hard to comment on something that’s just a demo, but I’m extremely excited to see this band’s first album, moreso than I’ve been for any other band I think. It’s rare to have quality funeral doom outside of major bands, so it’s so inspiring to see it from such an obscure band, especially one that makes a demo that’s this ridiculously well produced.


8.5/10

https://eosdoom.bandcamp.com/

Fatmate – Peneden Health Sessions

It’s sort of hard to explain, but this just feels too. basic. Like the riffs sound like they come out of a children’s album, the lyrics are uninspiring, and the atmosphere of the album is ridiculously amateur in a bad way. I’m trying to take this with a grain of salt, because even the band said this isn’t an album so much as a random recording session that the produced. It’s supposed to be more of a “snapshot as to where the band is now”. Well where they are now is in need of someone who has compositional skills. They know how to play their instruments, and they know how to produce an album well. Now they have to write songs that are a bit more complex than coming from The Children’s Guide to Stoner Doom Metal.


4.5/10

https://fatmate.bandcamp.com/album/penenden-heath-sessions

Decibel – Depths

The music isn’t that bad, but what the actual fuck is that constant noisy buzzing? It’s fucking ear piercing, made the entire listening experience completely awful. I don’t know what the fuck the guy here was going for, but it failed, and failed hard. I couldn’t even finish this because my ears hurt too much. It’s like the album is trying to be this fluffy, noisy, sleepy doom metal, but the production on the guitars, just what the fuck. It’s like trying to combine noise and doom metal in a completely unintentional manner, and then adds soft clean voxs as added “fuck you”. I think this solo project has some potential, but fuck man at least produce your music well enough to make it listenable.


1.75/10

https://trevorbrown.bandcamp.com/album/depths

Saattue – Kärsimysnäytelmä

I think there is absolutely a place for melodic doom metal albums with choruses and everything, and I really like the touch of them singing entirely in their native language (finnish), but this just isn’t the album for me personally. I like more experimental/creative endeavors, and I’m not a fan of sappier doom unless it’s My Dying Bride. I can’t really say much about this other than I think a lot of people would like this, but it doesn’t speak to me personally. Not my kind of music basically.


6.75/10

https://saattue.bandcamp.com/album/k-rsimysn-ytelm

Eneferens – The Inward Cold

Supremely beautiful. This is one of the rare times where elements of romanticized blackgaze helps the music rather than ruins it. The floating beauty of the blackgaze riffs is grounded by the harsh vocaled doom metal (not quite death doom). It’s like natural beauty being thrown to the ground by crushing reality. It’s a great mix that I was very skeptical of, but it’s pulled off well here. This is way too damn short, but what you do get is a unique bit of atmo black from an area not known for any kind of extreme metal at all (Montana). Awesome work, hope this solo project produces more.


8.25/10

https://eneferens.bandcamp.com/album/the-inward-cold

Refract – Refract

Interesting album to say the least. It’s this weird combination of doom metal and stoner metal, without really sounding like stoner doom at all. The band identifies as progressive metal and heavy metal, which is not even close to the case, further adding confusion. It’s hard to review this because the album is so short and the content is so little. It all sounds like one big song, but with not much differentiating content to drive that. The female vocals are kinda nice I guess, but overall it’s rather forgettable, other than it being a genre-bender. Also tip to the band, don’t charge 10$ for a 33 minute debut album when you have no apparent record label.


5.25/10

https://refractband.bandcamp.com/album/refract

Grimirg – Night Be My Grave

Creates a really nice calming and depressive atmosphere, and I REALLY love the female vocals. However even for funeral doom standards, and even despite it’s incredibly short length, the album feels uneventful. Even music that’s supposed to be as slow and patience testing as possible needs some kind of variety in it, and I feel like Grimirg just gives you a much more standard experience that’s’ wrapped up in a somewhat unique atmosphere. I think one more track that explores some textures a bit would’ve upped this into the 7 category, but as is, I’ll rate this as enjoyable, but quite disappointing.


6.75/10

https://grimirg.bandcamp.com/album/night-be-my-grave