Lucifer's Chalice - The Pact

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact

March 15 C. Hagen Radick 0

Given there’s a new throwback stoner doom band seemingly releasing an album every day, it seems what was once old is new again. Instead of treading down that old familiar path, the English quartet Lucifer’s Chalice embarked on a different path. Their trek takes them through the glory days of Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, and other metal stalwarts from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. Throw in some Candlemass-style extended track lengths, and you’ve got their debut album, The Pact.

Psychedelic Witchcraft - Magick Rites and Spells

Psychedelic Witchcraft – Magick Rites and Spells

February 24 C. Hagen Radick 0

I’ve made no secret about my love for female-fronted metal bands. My affinity for doom metal/occult rock has been established as well. So when you combine the two, it definitely grabs my interest. I reviewed Psychedelic Witchcraft’s first album, The Vision over on The Sons of Metal Podcast. The band is back not even a year later with a new release, Magick Rites and Spells, which features some songs cut from The Vision, the entirety of their debut EP, Black Magic Man, and two cover songs. Are these equally choice cuts, or merely leftover scraps destined for a doggie bag?

Cyclocosmia - Immured

Cyclocosmia – Immured

February 20 C. Hagen Radick 0

Concept albums can be tricky beasts, and single-song concept albums even more so. The symphonic doom metal duo comprising Cyclocosmia seek to invoke images of live-buried vestal virgins with their new EP, Immured.

Funeral Moth - Transience

Funeral Moth – Transience

March 23 C. Hagen Radick 0

Generally speaking, when I throw on some funeral doom metal, I’m looking for a slow, bleak dirge steeped in crushing atmosphere. Japan’s Funeral Moth eschew that formula and deliver nearly forty minutes of Zen on their second album, Transience.

Camel of Doom – Terrestrial

March 18 C. Hagen Radick 0

As I’ve said in the past, stoner doom can be a tricky beast. UK outfit Camel of Doom is a beast of a different sort, however. Bucking the trends of their counterparts, Terrestrial is an unsettling ungulate of trippy spaced-out doom metal.

Herscher - Herscher

Herscher – Herscher

November 27 C. Hagen Radick 0

Drone/doom can be a tricky beast to try and review. The nature of the music is a repetitive crushing beat typically with minimal vocals. The key to being effective in this subgenre is either creating a specific atmosphere or sucking the listener into the band’s headspace. Herscher is a French trio trying to accomplish that very thing.

Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Sorcerer – In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Back in the day, there was a Swedish band called Sorcerer who released two demos which received high critical acclaim. However, the band members ended up going their separate ways. Fifteen years later the stars aligned into the proper configuration, and Sorcerer reunited to put out their first proper album from Metal Blade, In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross.

FamishGod - Devourers Of Light

FamishGod – Devourers Of Light

April 1 C. Hagen Radick 1

No lie — I love me some doom/death. Being a fan of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost from “back in the day”, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of dread created by well-done music of this type. Enter FamishGod from Spain with their debut album Devourers Of Light.