Organ – Eterno
On Eterno, the newest recording from Belluno, Italy’s Organ, brooding, slow-burning doom collides with dark psychedelia across three sprawling compositions. Down-tuned guitars conjure avalanche-inducing riffs and are accompanied by steady, earth-shattering drumming and a tremendous low-end. Layers of gloomy atmospherics and otherworldly guitar melodies add to the band’s formidable and haunting sound, which will appease fans of Ufomammut, Khanate, and Swans. In contrast to their 2015 full-length, Tetro, Eterno is completely devoid of vocals, which forces listeners to be subjected to the crushing weight of the music presented on this record. The towering instrumentation combined with the walls of foreboding soundscapes comes across as almost ritualistic and transcendental, like being trapped inside of a collapsing church. It is a slow, methodical, and textural doom metal release that fans of the genre shouldn’t pass up.
Release Date: July 5, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Decadence”
For Fans Of: Ufomammut, Khanate, Swans, and Neurosis
Bismuth – The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef
Bismuth‘s The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef is an enthralling exhibition of atmospheric tension and colossal doom. The bulk of this recording is composed of its ambitious and sprawling 32-minute title track. The massive composition begins with droning noise, sparse and reverberating bass chords, and the haunting croons of vocalist Tanya Byrne. Near the 12-minute mark the song begins to deliver a lengthy procession of caustic, lumbering bass riffs and monstrous drumming. At this point Byrne trades in her ethereal cleans for harsh screams as the song continues along its hypnotic, pummeling sludge journey. The song eventually arrives back at its gloomy beginnings and fades into nothingness. The record is then closed out by “Weltschmerz”; a six-minute barn-burner of gut-punching riffs and oppressive walls of corrosive distortion. Bismuth‘s stripped-down sound and ability to create and sustain tension over great periods of time work tremendously in their favor on this release. The length of the album’s title track may scare some listeners away, but that would be their loss.
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Label: Dry Cough Records/Rope or Guillotine/Medusa Crush Recordings
Favorite Tracks: “The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef”
For Fans Of: Vile Creature, Body Void, Aseethe, and Primitive Man
Stress – Misery Fatigue
New Zealand’s Stress deliver a dark and noisy brand of post-hardcore on their debut EP release, Misery Fatigue. With its abrasive tones and erratic tendencies, this 11-minute stunner will pique the interest of fans of Breach, Lack, and the chaotic side of post-hardcore as a whole. The record begins with a bombardment of brooding chords on “Decay”, which paves the way for the hellacious “Judas” to come crashing in with its off-kilter sense of groove. “Strangelove” follows shortly after with an assault of darkened melodic riffs that bulldoze through the listener with seething intensity and calls the likes of Baptists to mind. The final one-two punch of “Hex” and Civil Gutless” closes out the record in a whirlwind of furious, angular guitar riffs. Both tunes unleash quick bursts of apocalyptic chords and jagged riffs that stop, start, twist, and turn in volatile fashions. In short, Stress‘ Misery Fatigue is a quick punch in the face for those that need it.
Release Date: December 19, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Judas” and “Hex”
For Fans Of: Breach, Lack, and Baptists
Elizabeth Colour Wheel – Queen Tired
Elizabeth Colour Wheel‘s most recent EP release, Queen Tired, provides a unique shock to the senses. Elements of doom, punk, shoegaze and noise meld into a confrontational wall of sound that is only made more abrasive by harrowing vocal performances. The three-track record kicks off with the volatile and earsplitting “Mika Says”. The track cycles back-and-forth between wavering atmospheric cleans and highly distorted sludge verses before reaching a climax of cacophonous hardcore. The sprawling “Unknown Tomb” follows next with seasick doom guitars that gradually build into massive, skull-caving chords that are enveloped by harsh noise and short-circuiting electronics. The record is then brought to a close by “Pomsky”; a storming and vicious nod to 90s shoegaze that collides into a bizarre, 15-minute experimental ambient track. Elizabeth Colour Wheel‘s ability to find a balance between harshness and “pop sensibility” is commendable and helps make this delightfully weird EP all the more engaging.
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Label: Midnight Werewolf Records
Favorite Tracks: “Mika Says”
For Fans Of: Planning For Burial, Lingua Ignota, and The Body