ALBUM REVIEW: Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness

Nothing beats a sunny day, a cold beer, and some sludge and doom blasting over the speakers as I melt in the heat. Just in time for summer, Fórn is reissuing The Departure of Consciousness (Persistent Vision Records) for its ten-year anniversary. The Boston-based funeral doom/sludge outfit made their name in the Boston scene by bringing some of the heaviest, most beefy riffs. Now they grace us with a reissue of their debut full-length where those riffs are as tasty as ever.Continue reading

INTERVIEW: John Jarvis of Nest Talks Touring with Pantera and Unveiling Their “Endeavors” Album

In this episode, Keefy chats with John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Scour) of the sludge/doom metal band Nest, as he discusses their latest album “Endeavors,” released through Housecore Records. Listen to their firsthand accounts of touring with Pantera and Lamb of God, and working with Phil Anselmo’s label. Additionally, John offers a fascinating glimpse into the vibrant music community of St. Louis, Missouri – his new home.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Apes – Penitence

At this point, anything Extreme Metal that comes from Canada is sure to be a punishing, gruesome affair. It’s as automatic a thing as a Canuck apologizing for merely existing. Continue reading

EP REVIEW: DVRK – Infinite Reminiscence – Season Of Mist

In case you didn’t get the memo, I would like to remind you that DVRK is “a powerhouse fusion of Deathcore, Nu Metal, and Bass music elements.” How do I know this? Well, the press release that was sent to me along with debut EP Infinite Reminiscence (Season of Mist) says so. That, and I listened to the EP and was successfully able to arrive at that conclusion. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Dallas Smith (Barghest) of Faustian on “Primordial Rot” and More

Following up 2022’s banger S/T EP, Louisiana death metal trio Faustian are back with a soul-searing new single “Primordial Rot”. The group are flowing with creativity like the River Styx flows with hatred, so come sail away with them! In all seriousness, this band is poised to be one of your new favorites. “Primordial Rot” seethes with masterful blunt force and “Morbid” upheaval combining acute skill with caveman mean mugging for a perfect death metal fix. It was a pleasure to speak with Dallas Smith (also of Barghest) about the gestation of the project.

Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE SINGLE PREMIERE: Circle of Nerves Shares Their New Single – “Funeral Mind”

Swedish Doom/Hardcore band Circle of Nerves have teamed up with Ghost Cult Magazine to stream their new single “Funeral Mind!” This gnarly slow burn banger will have you nodding yes to every beat and riff! With a band named for a classic song by EyeHateGod, you know their headspace is right for this genre! Stream the track now before you can hear it everywhere tomorrow! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul – Capture and Release

Having reemerged from its dank void of horror to release To Be Cruel in 2023, deconstructed-avant-doom entity Khanate continues to be pulled piece-by-piece from the mud, as the band’s third and fourth records — 2005’s Capture & Release and 2009’s Clean Hands Go Foul (Sacred Bones Records) — get shined and buffed for physical reissues. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Göden – Vale Of The Fallen

Violins will and should always belong in various subgenres of Metal, and when done right, the addition of a classical string instrument can transport listeners to vast transcendent landscapes – see Dawn Ray’d (RIP).Going even further and introducing new or grossly underutilized techniques can (and often does) represent a beacon of freshness for both the musicians and fans alike.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sunnata – Chasing Shadows

Poland‘s Sunnata emerges from the cloud of smoke that shrouded the band on their last album to jam out their brand of grunge-out psychedelia. Continue reading