For the uninitiated, first exposure to the bizarre avant death metal of Australia’s Portal is probably like getting sucked into a literal portal to some interdimensional elsewhere that exists sandwiched between a sense of abject terror and crippling existential dread. As a live band, their presence is a singular experience that is somehow dramatic and theatrical without the cringe-inducing antics that those descriptors imply in the metal world, while also being strangely unsettling. On their 2013 opus Vexovoid, they created a massive churning maelstrom of brooding darkness that overtakes the listener with wave upon wave of unease. With the release of their new record ION, they retain their penchant for gloom and actual doom, but crank the chaos up to 100. Continue Reading
For the uninitiated, Bell Witch is a funeral doom duo comprised of former Samothrace bassist Dylan Desmond and recently joined drummer Jesse Schreibman, who began working with Desmond after the departure of founding member Adrian Guerra. Their new release, titled Mirror Reaper, is the band’s third full length, and while it strays from its predecessors in terms of format, it treads the same thematic territory of death, disillusionment, and the dawning of a fragile sense of hope. Continue Reading
Seattle-based doom metal duo Bell Witch have announced the release of their third full-length album, titled Mirror Reaper, which will be out this October. The record is comprised a single, 83-minute track of the same name and is set to maintain the band’s heaviness while exploring more meditative, melancholic and introspective aspects of their sound through the introduction of organ passages.
Brooklyn, NY instrumental band Sannhet have announced the release of their third full-length album, titled So Numb, which will be out this August. The release follows last year’s collection of rare and unreleased material, Young Death. Sannhet are also offering up a stream of the new album’s first single “Way Out,” featuring nearly five minutes of delicate, yet harsh, experimental tones. Check it out after the break.
Full of Hell have premiered a video for the title-track from their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Trumpeting Ecstasy, via The Quietus. The abrasive, noisy track features gorgeous guest vocals from Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger, as well as a beat from The Body‘s Lee Buford and guest bass from Converge‘s Kurt Ballou, who also produced the record. The black and white video matches the track’s threatening vibe, and was written, shot and edited by Jordan Musheno and Ian Killian.
Salt Lake City doom band Subrosa have premiered an incredibly powerful new music video for their track “Troubled Cells” from their latest album, For This We Fought the Battle of Ages, over at NPR. The heart-wrenching song and video both condemn the Mormon Church’s LGBTQ policy, which has led to multiple suicides among the Mormon LGBTQ community since the policy change a year ago. Continue Reading