Temple of Void - Lords of Death

Temple of Void – Lords of Death

October 9 C. Hagen Radick 0

Autumn is here and Halloween is quickly approaching, so my thoughts are beginning their seasonal migration into the darker side of metal. Detroit, Michigan-based death/doom act Temple of Void is back with their sophomore album, Lords of Death. Although this album released in the middle of summer, it slipped through the cracks and I hadn’t thought about it until a friend mentioned it recently.

Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos

No lie — this album might have been my highest anticipated album for 2017. Avatarium’s prior album, The Girl With the Raven Mask caught me by surprise, and I fell completely in love with this band. For anyone not familiar with Avatarium, I’ve often described them as Jefferson Starship passed through a Candlemass filter and fronted by Dreamboat Annie-era Ann Wilson.

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.