Palace of Skulls- As A Dog returns-CD (Giddy Up Records)
As most of you know Classic Doom is very hit or miss with this reviewer. This is on the side of question for me its a bit on the trippy side for me but there are bands like Monster Magnet that have won me over. This is more in the Sheavy, Orange Goblin and Non wino St Vitus moments . I just can't get into this much groove even though Palace of Skulls are bass heavy as well. As a dog returns is just to clean vocaled and stoner for my tastes. If they could lay a bit lower on the groove they would be more like classic Trouble and then I would love them. Oh well you can't win them all.
SONS OF TONATIUH-S/T-CD (Hydrophonic Records)
And now for the polar opposite of what Palace of Skulls has to offer crusty sludge noise doom mix with a heavy does of Hardcore and hate. Bands like Sons of Tonatiuh are just want the doctored ordered for me killer mix of Eyehategod, Buzzoven, Grief, Noothgrush and Cavity for that nola noisey sludge sound I just can not get enough of. Love the feedback from the guitar the sloppy yet beautiful drumming and the vocals that are just side of a trailer park fight. What can I say the sonic syrup that comes from bands like Sons of Tonatiuh is torment to some but to others this is where we need to let our sickness to the world around us out. Southern fried Doom extreme.... Horns up and high on this one folks..
Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent-CD (Spinefarm)
What can one really say about a legendary Punk, Industrial, Noise Alt band that broke and invented boundaries for other bands to mold themselves into. From what I see this is the original line up the 1st time in over 20 yr Jaz Coleman is what people like Buzzo of the Melvin and Mike Patton of Faith no more aspire to be. This man is the Godfather of the Industrial Aggro Punk sound hands down and with Absolute Dissent they have come full circle to where Killing Joke should be massive in sound yet still biting and machine like in tone. Killing Joke is as much about the cold melodies as the anti notes and sounds around what their creating sonic like. The very flanged and verved out guitar tones and the anthemic cries from the voice coming from the speakers. As always there is a very polished uneasy quality to all Killing joke do this completes the overall magic to there musical mastery..
Thrall- Away from the haunts of men-CD (Moribund Records)
Thrall is all things Post Black metal needs to be . Unnerving, Jazzy, Bleak, Bass Heavy and open in tuning and sounds. Maybe I'm crazy but Thrall is what Ved Buen Ende would sound like if they were more Black metal and less Prog Metal. This has a lot to do with bands like DHG and Code to what I hear just is a bit more raw and primal mode. Thrall has a strong love for Satyricon and that is only in the best of manners. Moribund seems to find them and let these bands grow and fester till the madness can no longer go. Away from the haunts of men is so damn dissident in sound and construction this album has an other worldly feel written all over the tracks. Thrall remind me a lot of a more minimal Thorns at times as well. Very well done and one of the more interesting bands on the label makes me long for a new Azrael CD from Moribund..
Emergency Gate- The Nemesis Construct-CD ( Metalville)
Technical and Prog influenced Swedish melodic death metal with that fantastic industrial touch so many of the bands are adding now on the Listenable and Season of Mist rosters. If you like Soilwork, Dark Tranquility, In Flames and Gorija then this is for you. The twin guitar assault with the blasting drums and heavy complex bass work is amazing. There are some goth element going on here esp with the synth work. Really digging the clean, screamed and death vocals. There is a catchy element to this in the same way All that remains gives you as of late. If you like bands like The Kovenant this will impress the hell out of you as well. There are many layers on this onion and it will take a lot of time to full digest all that is going on here . Thank you for that alone forget the amazing metallic beast at hand.