Wicked Inquisition.

It's a delight to be able to nearly every week post some new music I've heard and really enjoyed. I've got a real soft spot for melodic doom, particularly the Maryland scene. Wicked Inquisition from Minnesota keep it heavy but with real touches of rock n' roll.

I've mentioned previously how Valkyrie are one of my favourite bands around, so when you find a band who also adopts just those slight touches of NWOBHM goodness with the heavy doom riff... I just dig it. It also has a slight old-skool corny feel to it which makes it all the more wonderful. The last track in particularly impresses.

2013 - Silence Thereafter [EP]


Lost Realms.

Sweltering heat recently. It's kept me busy and lazy all at the same time. Not a lot of things in life get better than listening to some jams in pure sunshine. Anyway, the new Goatess album is my release of the moment, written for and by fetishists of the heavy doom riff.

Moving along to the actual point of this post though.. Lost Realms play with a definite Sleep influence. It's quite an odd one though, while it has that same characteristic minor pentatonic groove in the rhythm section it isn't a carbon copy at all. While it has that same hazy, jam atmosphere to the songs beyond this lies something a little more sinister and uncouth. The image of a stumbling jovial homeless man, warm beer in one hand, incredibly poorly constructed joint in the other with trousers wet of urine: this is the human manifestation of Lost Realms. Sure life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short" (Hobbes, 1651) but that's all the more reason to get smashed once in a while ain't it? 

2013 - 2-13 Demo


Pelican - Immutable Dusk.

New song from the forthcoming Pelican album out via Southern Lord on October 15th. Not been excited or listened to much of this 'sound' in the last few years anyhow, but this has a really nice texture to it. I can't see it topping Cult of Luna's Vertikal to be quite honest though.