Sunyata – The Great Beyond (2020); Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (2021)

Hello out there! In the immortal words of the Barenaked Ladies, it’s been…

Seven days since we got together here, at which time I had shared two albums with you by bands who coincidentally had similar-sounding names, but otherwise had little in common.

Today I’ve got another pair of albums by similarly-named artists, which happened to be released in close proximity to each other — just over and just under a year ago. In this case, while both are still fairly disparate, at least they would both be found somewhere on the doom spectrum… or if nothing else, maybe doom-adjacent? Enjoy!

 

SunyataThe Great Beyond (self-released, 11 November 2020)

 

SunnataBurning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (self-released, 26 February 2021)

 

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TOANWTS – Feral Blood (2019); ANTOAS – Dirges (2021)

Hello there and Happy Friday to you all!

These albums, one nearly three years old and the other reaching its first birthday later this month, have practically nothing in common with each other besides the fact that both bands’ names are lengthy phrases about owls. But sometimes little things like that can randomly grab your attention, and then you accidentally discover that there’s some great music inside, too. I think you just might find this to be the case with either or both of these releases…

 

The Owls Are Not What They SeemFeral Blood (Eleventh Key, 19 March 2019)

 

And Now the Owls Are SmilingDirges (Clobber Records, 29 January 2021)

 

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Boss Keloid – Family the Smiling Thrush (2021)

Counting down some more of 2021’s best releases that we never quite got around to discussing earlier. Here’s one you absolutely must insert into your ears ASAP, if you haven’t already done so!

 

Boss KeloidFamily the Smiling Thrush (Ripple Music, 04 June 2021)

 

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Oryx – Lamenting a Dead World; Melancholia – Static Church (2021)

More 2021 goodness for you to bludgeon your ears with!

Herein, please find the fourth LP by Oryx (Denver CO) and the fourth EP by Melancholia (Bellingham WA).

 

OryxLamenting a Dead World (Translation Loss Records, 30 April 2021)

 

MelancholiaStatic Church (Brutal Panda, 04 June 2021)

 

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Kite – Currents; So Hideous – None But a Pure Heart Can Sing (2021)

Good afternoon, friends; Happy Monday and Happy New Year to you all!

Now that my Top 21 of 2021 list is complete (it was published right as the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve, so, I’m proud to say, this has been the first time in quite a long time — maybe like nine years? — that the year-end list was ready AT the actual end of the year!), I’m setting my sights on checking out all the new 2022 releases that have been pouring in, so I can start sharing them with all you lovely people.

But as always, there’s still a bunch of cleanup to do, plenty of releases from last year (as well as from years past) that we’ve missed discussing, and I’d like to start today by offering two of those for your listening pleasure.

 

KiteCurrents (Majestic Mountain Records, 08 October 2021)

 

So HideousNone But a Pure Heart Can Sing (Silent Pendulum Records, 03 December 2021)

 

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