As a teenager, Coal Chamber were one of my absolute favourite bands. It’s really not hard to see why. In the age of nu-metal, where there was an expected look and sound, Coal Chamber were truly unique. They had a sound unlike the others - dramatically downtuned guitars, keys and samples, and then Dez Fafara, … Continue reading 241: COAL CHAMBER
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
Tribulation’s signature sound, a gothic, progressive melodeath monster, is masterful and unique, and every bit deserving of the praise it receives.
The melancholic riffs, piano-laden and gloomy, would often hit moments of genuine beauty. Powerful riffs, followed by gentler introspection, and then big, bombastic moments... This is a band who would run the gamut and hit every part of your soul in a different way.
The result of a singular creative voice with the help of similarly talented friends, Öxxö Xööx is a wonderfully creative corruption of doom-adjacent extreme music, with multiple genre influences, fascinatingly complex instrumentals, and another world-shattering vocal performance from Laure Le Prunenec.
...it was the surprise that many more songs played throughout the evening also felt like touchstones to various points in my life, scattered through the subsequent twenty years. It was the realisation that this band has been consistent, and rewarding, for me as a fan for two decades (and I expect a long time to come).