Dark Castle's Surrender To All Life Beyond All Form may deliver the same measure of riff-heavy sonic doom that first put frontwoman Stevie Floyd and drummer Rob Shaffer on the metal map with 2009's Spirited Migration, but it also suggests there are nuanced layers to what heaviness can be. The musical and vocal diversity is evident on both the title track and "Seeing Through Time," where soft (and surprising) mid-range coos open up to dense and gravelly textures. Their deployment of unique time signatures, and their gentle application of keyboards and sound effects create a distinctive quality not usually attributed to doom metal. It's also clear throughout that the band wanted to create a cohesive collection of songs Surrender alternates between shadowing the music with heaviness and, occasionally, revealing rays of bright light.
By Jon Wiederhorn on 11.25.14 in Reviews
Over the past two decades, Japanese extreme noise maestro Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) has recorded live and studio albums with experimental acts like Mike Patton, Atari Teenage Riot, Melt Banana and, perhaps most notably,...
By Marc Hogan on 11.07.14 in News
Unconventional album release strategies are all the rage these days, but Old Man Gloom have hit upon an approach that's still novel. The metal band — formed by members of Isis, Converge, Cave In and Zozobra — announced a...
By Grayson Haver Currin on 08.19.14 in Reviews
Imagine the expectations that have trailed Pallbearer since 2012. That's the year that the Arkansas doom metal quartet debuted with Sorrow & Extinction, an urgent espousal of most everything great about the low-lit, low-...
By Laina Dawes on 08.11.14 in Features
Laina Dawes talks with bassist Joseph D. Rowland about touring and magical realism.