ArcTanGent 2024 Books Baroness, Scaler, Imperial Triumphant, Blood Command, URNE, MSPAINT, and More


In its 10th year this summer, the brilliant and award-winning Arctangent Festival has once again well and truly delivered for its loyal, amazing audience. Following on from last months HUGE band announcement, today the summer event can reveal its final collection of acts playing in 2024. Heading up this announcement are one of the worlds greatest heavy bands to ever do it, Baroness, who will be playing ARCTANGENT for the very first time. An unmissable set, and surely now one of the most anticipated of the whole weekend. Joining them include stunning Bristol outfit Scaler (formerly Scalping), the mysterious and exciting New York band Imperial Triumphant, the musical collective A-Sun Amissa which is led by musician Richard Knox, and the psychedelic goth duo Gloom Index. the new bands, the full lineup, and the day by bay schedule so far. Continue reading


Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders Announced for Tenth ArcTanGent Festival in 2024


ArcTanGent festival has announce its first 2024 main stage headliner, Meshuggah, who will headline on the Friday night as a UK exclusive. Also on the main stage,  just before them, are Animals As Leaders, with an EU exclusive show. They join Red Fang, Bossk, Textures, Conan, and many others at the event next August, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Find out more below. 

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ArcTanGent Festival Announces And So I Watch You From Afar, Red Fang, and More for 10th Anniversary


In 2024, the ArcTanGent Festival will be celebrating its tenth year, and has now revealed its first wave of bands. Taking place near Bristol August 14th – 17th, the event has just started off building the bill, with Plini, Red Fang, And So I Watched You From Afar, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, and more. Keep reading below for more information. 

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Lord Dying Shares a New Single and Video for “I Am Nothing, I Am Everything” – New Album Incoming


 

Portland progressive sludge masters Lord Dying will release their long-awaited new full-length, Clandestine Transcendence, on January 19th, 2024 via MNRK Heavy, today unveiling the record’s first single, cover art, and preorders. Watch Lord Dying’s “I Am Nothing, I Am Everything” now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Wizard Tattoo – Fables of the Damned


 

Wizard Tattoo are ostensibly a solo outfit from Indianapolis led by multi-instrumentalist Bram the Bard who released a four-track self-titled EP last year which has now been followed up with the Fables of the Damned (Self-Released) full-length debut which I currently have in my possession and am about to review. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Usnea – Bathed In Light


 

It really is a renaissance time for heavy, melodic experimental doom fans with The Exuviae Of Gods series from Mournful Congregation, the cathartic Katatonia-indebted Mother of Graves making significant waves and now the first album from Portland’s beloved Usnea in over half a decade. A band rooted in care-for-others and awareness of their place in the cosmos making some of the most expansive and also acerbic doom around? What’s not to love? 

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Italy Books Nebula, Stoned Jesus, Conan, Nick Oliveri, Black Rainbows, Messa, and More!


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The full lineup has been revealed for Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Italy, the stoner, doom, and psych rock mini-festival curated by European label Heavy Psych Sounds, and taking place simultaneously on April 29-30th in Bologna and Torino. Two cities, two days, sixteen bands in all including Nebula, Stoned Jesus, Conan, Nick Oliveri, Black Rainbows, Messa, Belzebong, Giobia, Tons, Isaak, Oreyeon, Deadsmoke, Mr. Bison, Ananda Mida, and Lord Elephant.   

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ALBUM REVIEW: Crom – The Era Of Darkness


 

In the battle for memorable metal, style or substance often battle for dominance. While Germany’s Crom may seem to lean more towards “style” in their sturdy and reliable brand of Trad/Power hybrid metal, the songs on the new release The Era Of Darkness (From The Vaults) also contain a strong measure of strength in the sword arm and fire in the heart.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Conan – Evidence of Immortality


For years, Conan has shaped themselves into one of the heaviest bands on the planet. With their fifth release, Evidence of Immortality (Napalm Records), they maintain sole possession of that throne with their enemies’ heads at their feet. While the “caveman battle doom” pioneers have their own sound, they continue to push their own boundaries of their older releases ever so slightly to keep everyone coming back for more. Continue reading


REVIEWS ROUNDUP: Lucifer, Shi, Crop, and The Lucid Furs


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With Lucifer releasing albums of a consistent style at a workman’s pace, it’s easy to overlook the underlying trajectory that’s been gradually in motion. There’s not much of those Occult Doom roots left on Lucifer IV (Century Media Records) as the band has seemingly completed their transformation from female-fronted Uncle Acid to what sounds like Karen Carpenter singing over KISS riffs. Fortunately, it’s hardly a drastic change as Johanna Sadonis’ sultry croon and the freerolling grooves remain as common denominators.Continue reading