Hello again, folks. You might not remember, but last summer I was happy to report that Kongh, Swedish titans of heavy doom, had signed a deal with Polish label Agonia Records — and especially excited about the news that the band was working on a new album, their third overall!
Well, I haven’t forgotten — I’ve been excited about that news in the several months since then, and I’m glad to say, my most-anticipated album of 2013 is finally almost here!
Although I only discovered them about a year ago, Sweden’s Kongh quickly became one of my favorite new bands. Their brutally heavy, almost aggravatingly slow, brand of sludgey, droney post-doom really resonated with me from the first time I heard a track from their 2007 debut Counting Heartbeats. Sadly, as much as I love that album (it can be streamed/downloaded on Bandcamp), I haven’t seen it available on CD anywhere.
However, I did snatch up a copy of its follow-up, 2009’s Shadows of the Shapeless, which was released in North America through Seventh Rule Recordings, as soon as I saw it at my local record store. That’s an incredible album as well, so I am beyond excited to learn that they are nearly ready to begin recording a third album!
That announcement came yesterday (Wednesday, 13 June) morning, along with information about the band’s new record deal…
[W]e could have emailed you Friday about this awesomeness, but honestly we were too busy sleeping in…
So begins the announcement sent out by Seventh Rule Recordings last night. The Chicago-based underground label then wastes no time getting to the meat of their message:
We figure that every year, all businesses try to grab every bit of money you have in your wallet. This year we wanted no part in that, in fact we just wanted to make it so you could enjoy Seventh Rule releases without spending any money at all. This is our thanks to you, our friends and supporters.
That’s right, well over a dozen albums full of high-quality stoner/sludge/doom/ambient/whatever metal are now yours for the taking, absolutely free of charge! The only catch is, this appears to be a today-only offer, so get on it ASAP!
Seventh Rule official website is here, but to jump straight to the download section, you’ll want to visit their Bandcamp page here.
If you find the vast list of free downloads overwhelming, fear not! Here are some suggestions that I’ve had in my personal library for quite some time, and which come highly recommended by yours truly: