220: SONORAN REBEL BLACK MAGICK

In 2019, Andrew Markuszewski of Lord Mantis released ‘True Western Doom’ under the solo project Sonoran Rebel Black Magick, and not only is the album exactly as advertised by the title, he also basically just created a new genre. SRBM combines doom, gently strummed acoustic guitars, sinister synths, pulsing beats, vocals ranging from metal screams … Continue reading 220: SONORAN REBEL BLACK MAGICK

215: BELL WITCH

For just two people, the size and scope of the sound Bell Witch makes is jaw dropping. This US-based funeral doom band specialises in glacially-paced doom metal leviathans. The riffs are low and slow, the vocals near-subsonic growls, and the atmosphere is incredible. While there had already been buzz surrounding the band’s previous output, it … Continue reading 215: BELL WITCH

175: THE RUINS OF BEVERAST

Yes, it’s another one-man atmospheric black metal project. Sorry, not sorry. The Ruins of Beverast is the brainchild of German multi-instrumentalist Alexander von Meiland. Through it, he combines atmospheric black metal and doom metal, utilising synths and building a deeply textured atmosphere. Earlier this year, he released ‘The Thule Grimoires’, The Ruins of Beverast’s seventh … Continue reading 175: THE RUINS OF BEVERAST

173: WOODS OF YPRES

I’m sadly late to the Woods of Ypres, which seem to be a band combining elements of multiple metal subgenres I adore. What started as a somewhat melodic black metal evolved into a melodic death, doom, gothic sonic masterpiece. Covering esoteric topics like life, death, and nature, Woods of Ypres released four full-lengths plus an … Continue reading 173: WOODS OF YPRES

157: SPLENDIDULA

Splendidula are a Belgian metal band who lean heavily on doomy, sludgy riffs and a lurching heaviness. Their monstrous sound is elevated by the vocals of Kristien Cools. Her voice ranges from almost alt-metal-sounding sinister cleans to avant-garde wailing. Guitarist Pieter Houben’s vocals stun, with explosive roars that match the ferocity of the quicksand-thick riffs, … Continue reading 157: SPLENDIDULA