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October 17, 2017, 5:49 pm

 

MIRROR REAPER

Band:BELL WITCH
Album:MIRROR REAPER
Label:Profound Lore
Format:cd
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

With their third full-length album “Mirror Reaper”, Seattle doom metal duo BELL WITCH have created their most enormous
and encompassing work to date that will see its official release on 2xCD/2xLP/Digital on Oct 20th. By taking their blueprint for
minimalistic (the sole use of bass guitar, drums, and vocals), mournful, yet massive sounding doom to a new level with “Mirror
Reaper”, BELL WITCH have attempted the unthinkable in the genre; a continuous 83 minute piece unfolding as a single timestretching track. Once again engineered and  mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson who claims “Mirror Reaper” as one of the milestones in his entire producing career, the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ) have pushed the BELL WITCH sound even further beyond their landmark 2015 LP, the genre defining “Four Phantoms”. While still harnessing that massive, overwhelming, monolithic crushing enveloping heaviness “Mirror Reaper” sees BELL WITCH explore even further the other aspect of their sound; the more meditative, melancholic, introspective, and somber tones making these elements even more singular. With the addition of organ adding a new layer to BELL WITCH’s sound “Mirror Reaper” also sees honorary BELL WITCH member and guest vocalist Erik Moogridge (of Aerial Ruin) return once again offering an even more prominent presence with his vocals.

BELL WITCH, formed by Dylan Desmond (ex-Samothrace) and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra (RIP) first made an
immediate impact within the death/doom metal scene with their 2011 self-titled demo and would then partner with Profound
Lore Records for the release of their debut album “Longing” in Nov 2012. The duo’s second LP, the acclaimed “Four
Phantoms” released in April of 2015 would result in being recognized as one of the doom metal triumphs of that year. It was a
turning point album which saw the band do even more extensive touring (in North America and Europe) and perform at many
notable events and festivals such as Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Pitchfork Northside, Sled Island, and Psycho CA. Sept of 2015 would see a crucial turning point which saw Guerra leave the band and be replaced by current
drummer/keyboardist/vocalist Jesse Shreibman. In May 2016 tragedy would hit with the untimely death of former and cofounding member Adrian Guerra.

2 CD SET.

 

 

 

MIRROR REAPER - LP

Band:BELL WITCH
Album:MIRROR REAPER - LP
Label:Profound Lore
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

With their third full-length album “Mirror Reaper”, Seattle doom metal duo BELL WITCH have created their most enormous
and encompassing work to date that will see its official release on 2xCD/2xLP/Digital on Oct 20th. By taking their blueprint for
minimalistic (the sole use of bass guitar, drums, and vocals), mournful, yet massive sounding doom to a new level with “Mirror
Reaper”, BELL WITCH have attempted the unthinkable in the genre; a continuous 83 minute piece unfolding as a single timestretching track. Once again engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson who claims “Mirror Reaper” as one of the milestones in his entire producing career, the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ) have pushed the BELL WITCH sound even further beyond their landmark 2015 LP, the genre defining “Four Phantoms”. While still harnessing that massive, overwhelming, monolithic crushing enveloping heaviness “Mirror Reaper” sees BELL WITCH explore even further the other aspect of their sound; the more meditative, melancholic, introspective, and somber tones making these elements even more singular. With the addition of organ adding a new layer to BELL WITCH’s sound “Mirror Reaper” also sees honorary BELL WITCH member and guest vocalist Erik Moogridge (of Aerial Ruin) return once again offering an even more prominent presence with his vocals.

BELL WITCH, formed by Dylan Desmond (ex-Samothrace) and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra (RIP) first made an
immediate impact within the death/doom metal scene with their 2011 self-titled demo and would then partner with Profound
Lore Records for the release of their debut album “Longing” in Nov 2012. The duo’s second LP, the acclaimed “Four
Phantoms” released in April of 2015 would result in being recognized as one of the doom metal triumphs of that year. It was a
turning point album which saw the band do even more extensive touring (in North America and Europe) and perform at many
notable events and festivals such as Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Pitchfork Northside, Sled Island, and Psycho CA. Sept of 2015 would see a crucial turning point which saw Guerra leave the band and be replaced by current
drummer/keyboardist/vocalist Jesse Shreibman. In May 2016 tragedy would hit with the untimely death of former and cofounding member Adrian Guerra.

DOUBLE LP SET.

 

 

FUTURIANS LIVE AT ROADBURN

Band:SLOMATICS
Album:FUTURIANS LIVE AT ROADBURN
Label:BURNING WORLD
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

JJ Koczan from the Obelisk about the Slomatics gig at Roadburn 2017 captured on this release: "The most
pummeling tones IĘźve heard over the course of the last three days. “Electric Breath,” “Return to Kraken,”
“And Yet it Moves,” “Supernothing” — this is the stuff of lumbering, rolling, molten doom supremacy, and
as theyĘźre five records deep into a tenure that one hopes continues into perpetuity"

With Majury and Chris Couzens on guitar and drummer / vocalist Marty Harvey also handling
synth, Slomatics defy logic with their sheer amount of low‐end output. As the follow‐up
to 2014Ęźs Estron and 2012Ęźs A Hocht, Future Echo Returns (2016) was the third in a trilogy of albums,
rounding out an extended story that the band purposefully leaves open for interpretation.

LTD Vinyl LP.

 

 

DRUNK IN HELL

Band:DRUNK IN HELL
Album:DRUNK IN HELL
Label:BURNING WORLD
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Some thoughts on the music of Drunk In Hell from Collective zine :

"Sonically and socially, this record is an offence and an affront. It is an attack. A mauling. A kick in the egg sac just when you'd recovered from a previous rupture and thought you were safe. Drunk In Hell have been around for yonks but seem to have only just started actually releasing music so people can hear it in the relative comfort of their own homes rather than looking at them on a stage and being a bit afraid. Their record is some 35 minutes long and feels like a power drill is being plunged through the top of your skull, right at that poit where your fontanelle used to be. Feedback whines. A beast roars. Riffs, if one can call them such, grate endlessly and atonally against each other until you're screeching at your turntable, begging for everything to JUST STOP."

 

 

No Stars Upon The Bridge

Band:Hallatar
Album:No Stars Upon The Bridge
Label:SVART
Format:cd
Genre:Metal

Although a brand‐new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha
Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as
an extension of Trees of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Svart, Hour of the Nightingale, served
as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge....

 

 

No Stars Upon The Bridge - LP

Band:Hallatar
Album:No Stars Upon The Bridge - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Although a brand‐new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha
Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as
an extension of Trees of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Svart, Hour of the Nightingale, served
as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge.

Vinyl LP.

 

 

The Advent

Band:Coven
Album:The Advent
Label:SVART
Format:cd
Genre:Metal

Coven is a Tokyo‐based Heavy Metal band inspired by the likes of Iron Maiden, lots of NWOBHM bands, Mercyful
Fate, Metallica, Manowar and 80’s metal and classic Hard Rock. Band displays expressive features, dramatic
expansion, impressive oriental phrases, epic sing‐along chorus and captivating songwriting and making old‐school
sounds...

 

 

The Advent - LP

Band:Coven
Album:The Advent - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Coven is a Tokyo‐based Heavy Metal band inspired by the likes of Iron Maiden, lots of NWOBHM bands, Mercyful
Fate, Metallica, Manowar and 80’s metal and classic Hard Rock. Band displays expressive features, dramatic
expansion, impressive oriental phrases, epic sing‐along chorus and captivating songwriting and making old‐school
sounds. Vinyl LP.

 

 

AURUM

Band:Urarv
Album:AURUM
Label:SVART
Format:cd
Genre:Black Metal

While Urarv recognizes the ancient heritage of Norwegian black metal, it also tramples across limitations. At the
core of the project lies the idea of experimentation with various unorthodox tunings and curious sounds. “We want
to tap into uncharted territories to see what lies hidden under the rocks and dead horses and beneath the cold
vastness of uncertainty,” says Aldrahn. “We’re traveling to remote regions of metal music and mental space with
this music. Although our message is one of emotional putrefaction, we want to help listeners find a way through
the black hole.”

 

 

AURUM - LP

Band:Urarv
Album:AURUM - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Black Metal

While Urarv recognizes the ancient heritage of Norwegian black metal, it also tramples across limitations. At the
core of the project lies the idea of experimentation with various unorthodox tunings and curious sounds. “We want
to tap into uncharted territories to see what lies hidden under the rocks and dead horses and beneath the cold
vastness of uncertainty,” says Aldrahn. “We’re traveling to remote regions of metal music and mental space with
this music. Although our message is one of emotional putrefaction, we want to help listeners find a way through
the black hole.”

Vinyl LP.

 

 


 
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