Date Released: 05/27/2016 Label: Nocturna Album Type: Full Length Album info:Bandcamp
Bedowyn have one of those good Heavy Metal cookbooks, as they have concocted a really moreish dish blending different tastes fusing the best of thrash, doom and traditional metal to create their own beast of a feast.
Coming out via Nocturna, North Carolina’s Bedowyn will see this album released on CD since its original self-release back in 2015.
After a well-received EP Wolves and Trees, this album will go down well with the Mastodon crowd, as it is a relatively safe well-constructed and delivered sound but due to its traveler tendencies incorporating the sounds of metal sub genres it keeps you entertained without slipping in to too safe territory that can risk of becoming dull. The power of the openers “Rite to Kill” and title track are balanced by the rhythmic groove of “Cotards Blade,” and they’ve created an old style ‘album of two sides’ as we have a midway restful period that bleeds in to the intro of “Where Wings Will Burn” that would open the second side if it was a vinyl LP of the late 80s.
We are delighted to premiere Lucis Absentia‘s new track “Tempest.” The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP re-release, To The Depths, which will be out through Static Tension Recordings on June 10th.
The band were previously known as Gomorrah and originally released To the Depths independently in 2014 to rave critical acclaim. The album is a blistering tour-de-force of old-school thrash with a hint of modern metal.
Date Released: 11/09/2015 Label: Inherent Records Album Type: Full Length Album info:Bandcamp
With the name like Battle Path, I fully expected traditional doom or even power metal, so I was taken by surprise as it is far more furious and blackened than I was prepared for. After a pleasant four-minute intro of gentle guitar in opening track “Raging Host,” it suddenly erupts and the vocals are the rasping hatred fueled black metal howling growl.
“A Thirst for Blood” continues this down tuned, down tempo and down mood plod through expansive and explorative blackened sonic experimentation. It cross pollinates from industrial pounding, black metal and powerful doom, and the vocals are soil rich gravel! This creates a very depressing and stark sound, a bleak landscape of despair!
Date Released: 04/22/2016 Label: Independent Album Type: Full Length Album info:Bandcamp
I have a soft spot for Sedulus, a London band I have been following around ever since I saw them at the inaugural Desert Fest on 2012. When I saw them the first time, without knowing any of their material, they blew me away. The intensity of hardcore, the power of doom, the slow swagger of stoner and the slightly skewed stance of post metal. I guess I really dug the underlying psychedelic tones which show a softer side within the maelstrom.
Vocalist Will uses phasing and blended vocals to give a slightly otherworldly feel to it, as if I am losing touch with reality… as I float downstream. But the heaviness is never far away in the form of some excellent pummeling stoner vibes. They have the dustiness of Kyuss and at times the cleaner tones of Tool and that BIG sound. This is their first album after a handful of EPs, and released on When Planets Collide which is a fantastic London-based promoter label.
Date Released: 03/07/2016 Label: Independent Album Type: Full Length Album info:Bandcamp
Petrichor is an interesting word meaning “a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather” and this band have named their debut Rain and it starts off with a raining sound effect! What more could you want?!
Petrichor are a gloomy blackened doom band from Leeds in northern England and I guess there’s a romantic feel to them, the lyrical pictures are very grandiose My Dying Bride-esque, with talk of cleansing rain, but with a lo-fi DIY feel, that isn’t a criticism as I love the impassioned raw feel to this current wave of black metal themed music.
Date Released: 04/29/2016 Label: Static Tension Recordings Album Type: Full Length Album info:Bandcamp
A year after their No Gods, No Masters EP, Rochester’s finest, Allfather, have let rip another anger filled snarling album, Bless the Earth with Fire.
“Raskolnikov” opens up this beast with a peal of drums and guitar feedback and growling vocals. I have never seen Allfather play live, but I imagine they are one of those hardcore pedigree bands that will be in your face from the start, ensuring that the audience are paying attention! As I listen to this, I can see Tom the vocalist stamping round my living room, getting in to a right tizzy!
We are delighted to premiere Pensevor‘s new track “Ritualistic Blood Sacrifice.”
The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, Klothod, which will be released through Hibernacula Records on May 6th. Check out a review of the album from our very own Dave Barnard right here.
Well, here we are. The final installment of my Guide to Power Metal. I want to thank you all for reading and supporting my posts these past few weeks. A very special thanks goes to Ken and Inhale The Heavy for allowing me the platform to share these. For the final chapter of this journey, I want to dive into the fastest growing and strongest forms of Power Metal. It shares the complexities of another genre to form a powerful style.