Devastating Light – I Have Already Failed You; Olhava – Frozen Bloom (2021)

Devastating LightI Have Already Failed You (self-released (digital), 09 January 2021 / Depressive Illusion Records (cassette/UKR), 09 January 2021 / Herrecords (CD/ARG), 25 February 2021 / Planet K Records (CD/ITA), 28 March 2021)

 

OlhavaFrozen Bloom (self-released (digital), 02 April 2021 / slowsnow records (cassette), 02 April 2021 / Avantgarde Music (CD+vinyl), 07 May 2021)

 

Hello again! Presented for your listening pleasure, I’ve got two more recordings to share with you today. One is the debut EP by the newly-created solo act of a musician from southern Finland; the other will be the fourth LP by a two-piece band who live just a few hundred km away across the Russian border (or even closer, if one were inclined to travel directly through the Gulf of Finland).

Enjoy!

 

Continue reading

Kosmodemonic – The Inebriating Darkness (2016), Liminal Light (2021)

KosmodemonicThe Inebriating Darkness (self-released, 01 March 2016)

 

KosmodemonicLiminal Light (Transylvanian Tapes, 07 May 2021)

 

Check it out: Kosmodemonic have a brand-new full-length (their second) coming out this Friday!

If you aren’t already familiar with the band, I’m sorry, it’s all my fault. When the first one was released, they emailed me about it and I listened to it and found it interesting so I added it to my to-do list but then I never actually got as far as writing something about it. Then somehow five entire years flew past, and here we are.

Not going to let that happen again, so I’m making sure this gets published today.

 

Continue reading

Human Failure – Crown on the Head of a King of Mud; Kataan – S/T (2021)

Human FailureCrown on the Head of a King of Mud (Caligari Records / Sentient Ruin, 07 May 2021)

 

KataanKataan (Prosthetic Records, 07 May 2021)

 

Well here we are at the start of a new month, which of course means more new releases waiting for us! Today I’ve got two for you: each is the first release of the new project from an established musician or two, and each will be coming out THIS FRIDAY.

Oh yeah, and these may be relatively short (around 15-20 minutes each) but both are soul-crushingly devastating. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Continue reading

Domkraft – The End of Electricity (2016), Flood (2018), Seeds (2021)

DomkraftThe End of Electricity (Magnetic Eye Records, 11 November 2016)

 

DomkraftFlood (Blues Funeral Recordings, 19 October 2018)

 

DomkraftSeeds (Magnetic Eye Records, 30 April 2021)

 

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m about to send you off into the weekend with THREE whole albums you can jam out to.

Sweden’s Domkraft (compounded from the words for “doom” and “power“) have been churning out the doomy/sludgy/spacey hits for YEARS. (Well maybe not exactly hits — the band described them as “trudging, 10-minute/three chord songs.”)

Their latest record drops today, but the first two are equally worth checking out, so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss any of them…

 

Continue reading

Wolf King – The Path of Wrath; Discarded Self – S/T (2021)

Wolf KingThe Path of Wrath (Prosthetic Records, 05 March 2021)

 

Discarded SelfDiscarded Self (Sarcophagus Recordings, 30 April 2021)

 

Hello again, readers! Hard to believe how quickly another month has flown by…

I’ve got another pair of albums to share with you today, each filled with darkness and nastiness, from two groups who both reside somewhere out west. Let’s dive right in!

 

Continue reading

Body Void – Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth (2021)

Body VoidBury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth, 23 April 2021
(Prosthetic Records LP+CD / Tridroid Records cassette)

 

Following up on yesterday’s post, today I will again feature a band whose first few releases have been incredible (more on that here and here) and have consistently landed upon my list of top releases for whatever year they happened to have been released; and who is now putting out another masterpiece of a record this year.

This one is due to reach the general public in exactly two days. Brace yourselves, and let’s talk about Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth.

 

Continue reading

Cave of Swimmers – Aurora (2021)

Cave of SwimmersAurora (BroomTune Records, 23 February 2021)

 

Good afternoon!

As we find ourselves nearing the end of the fourth month of 2021, I’m continuing to tirelessly put in the effort to get myself caught up on current and recent new releases… in case anyone was curious, today I’ve just dipped below 100 unread messages in my inbox for the first time all year (down from somewhere around 2000 just a few weeks ago)!

Anyway, one thing that jumped out at me as a very pleasant surprise: I’ve learned that one of my absolute favorite new discoveries of the past decade, Venezuelan-Floridian duo Cave of Swimmers, has put out a new album! Like two months ago!

I have to say, I’m very thankful to have received notification of this release in my mailbox — because otherwise I might never have heard about it. I mentioned it years ago when I wrote about the band’s first two releases (each a 4-song EP), and it’s still true today: these guys are criminally under-recognized, given that every single piece of music they’ve ever released has been — to use a technical term from the industry — a banger.

Both of those earlier releases ended up on my list of their respective years’ top albums, and I don’t care what else comes out in 2021, I can tell you right now that Aurora will be hitting the list again when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

 

Continue reading

Soothsayer – At This Great Depth (2016); Echoes of the Earth (2021)

SoothsayerAt This Great Depth (Transcending Obscurity Records, 30 December 2016)

 

SoothsayerEchoes of the Earth (Transcending Obscurity Records, 09 April 2021)

 

Good afternoon, friends! I’m going to start today with a brief bit of explanation/clarification: the band we’ll be discussing and listening to is one who’ve never been featured on this website before. Long-time readers with unnaturally exceptional memories may note that approximately five years ago I wrote about a split record, half of which was attributed to a band called Soothsayer, who were primarily of the neocrust persuasion (with some blackened and ambient-doom influences thrown in). That band was from Pittsburgh — roughly 30 miles from where I lived.

Well later that same year, I happened to hear about an upcoming release from a band called Soothsayer, essentially an ambient-doom group (with some blackened and crusty influences thrown in). This “other” Soothsayer resides approximately 3300 miles further away in Cork, but their material was equally successful at catching my attention and interest. Unfortunately, I never managed to find a chance to write about it — until now, on the eve of “Irish Soothsayer” releasing their debut full-length.

 

Continue reading

Sarin – You Can’t Go Back (2021)

SarinYou Can’t Go Back (Prosthetic Records, 05 February 2021)

 

Sort of like a response to this article from earlier in the week where we covered an album entitled A Way Back, today we’re featuring You Can’t Go Back — the latest from Canadian post-metal group Sarin, named for the chemical compound that has historically been used (and sometimes rumored to have been used) as a nerve gas weapon due to its extreme toxicity.

 

Continue reading

Comatose – A Way Back (2021)

ComatoseA Way Back (Transcending Records, 22 January 2021)

Good afternoon! Presented for your listening enjoyment is this album, released earlier this year, which is the first official output of Comatose. This is an assemblage of musicians who have all worked together in some capacity in various other Minnesotan bands such as Chrome Waves and Fail to Decay, among others; a little over a year ago they decided to come together in this new project. They soon found themselves writing and recording a bunch of material representative of how empty they’ve felt over the past year without the ability to tour or perform anywhere — and by extension, how empty we’ve all felt over the past year about everything.

Continue reading