Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes

Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes
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John Carpenter = (Depeche Mode + Perturbator) / Philip Glass  … read more

Review: Culted – Oblique to All Paths

Review: Culted – Oblique to All Paths
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Oblique to All Paths sounds like a musical rendition of a passive-aggressive argument at band practice. Embarrassingly self-indulgent and lacking any kind of major, defining characteristic, Culted end up writing the doom metal equivalent of cold oatmeal.  … read more

Review: Storm of Light – Nations to Flames

Review: Storm of Light – Nations to Flames
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This album takes a completely different direction with its post-metal influences than I was expecting. Instead of the gentle surges and mellow refrains, Nations to Flames takes you by the collar and shakes you again and again with its unrelenting chaos.  … read more

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Review: Grand Magus – Triumph and Power

Review: Grand Magus – Triumph and Power
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This trio of hard-rocking Swedes never disappoints with their unique brand of epic doom metal. JB Christoffersson’s soaring vocals sound like a younger Biff Byford, and he backs them up with earth-shaking guitarwork.  … read more

Review: High Priest of Saturn

Review: High Priest of Saturn
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A classic case of stoner doom by numbers, High Priest of Saturn imitate all the basic components of their chosen genre, but fail to add anything substantial or unique to the mix. Highly hailed with comparisons to Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard, the band’s self-titled debut only resembles these bands by the most generous comparison.  … read more

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Review: Indian – From All Purity

Review: Indian – From All Purity
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“Rhetoric of No” and “The Impetus Bleeds” seem to signal a return to the lively riffing of their previous albums, but then the band inevitably falls back into a yawn-inducing sound coma. Containing little substance to be admired, From All Purity marks the low point in Indian’s discography. … read more

Review: Cathedral – The Last Spire

Review: Cathedral – The Last Spire
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Cathedral’s final full-length serves as the dreadful denouement to their career. It seems rather odd that Lee Dorrian and his merry band of self-styled metal outcasts would follow up The Guessing Game with an album so unbearably dull as The Last Spire. … read more