Category: Doom Metal

Frayle – 1692

With ‘1692’, Frayle pushes the immense intensity and gorgeous ache of its unique sound and style through to uncompromising new plateaus. The group’s quantum weight, hypnotic rhythms, dark beds of sound, and the arcane female power of Gwyn Strang have coalesced into a sonic thumbprint both distinct and beguiling. As Frayle’s music inhales and exhales, building into atmospheric, chilly epics, Gwyn’s lyrics explore her own personality and experiences, referencing and representing her frustrations growing up in a strict Roman Catholic family, as well as alchemical ideals such as changing negatives to positives, or ascending from one level of understanding to another. While there is much darkness on the record, it’s also contrasted superbly with beauty, both fragile and fierce, in a way that feels weightless rather than plummeting, as if release truly is a possibility.

 “‘1692’, as the title of our album, references those who have been singled out and persecuted for their beliefs,” says Strang. ““We strive to create a safe haven. A place to be vulnerable amongst the chaos.”

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Godthrymm – Reflections

GODTHRYMM was formed in 2017 by vocalist/guitarist Hamish Glencross (ex-My Dying Bride/Vallenfyre/Solstice) and sees the respected UK metal luminary return to his doom metal roots, creating the music he was known to help forge with Solstice (on the legendary “New Dark Age” album) and especially with the heralded My Dying Bride from the 2000 – 2014 time period. Further adding to the GODTHRYMM pedigree of doom, joining Glencross is ex-My Dying Bride/Anathema drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels who, after some slight lineup refining (following the band’s “A Grand Reclamation” debut EP), became the core of GODTHRYMM with Glengross as the two would end up recording the colossal GODTHRYMM debut album “Reflections” (the duo would add bassist Bob Crolla following the recording of “Reflections” making GODTHRYMM a true power trio of doom) set for release on (insert release date here). With their debut album “Reflections”, GODTHRYMM have unleashed a colossal slab of heavy, mournful, yet pounding traditional doom that harks back to the classic era of ‘90s UK doom/Peaceville Records. A massive step up from the debut EP, “Reflections” is the result of Glencross taking GODTHRYMM further into the realm of doom into more darker, melancholic, and towering realms. Through Glencross’ soaring passionate vocals complimenting his powerful riffs along with Steels’ thunderous percussion giving the GODTHRYMM rhythm section that massive glorious tone, “Reflections” is a testament to the glory days of UK doom while making its statement as a new force of modern day doom metal to behold.

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Murder Castle – The Black Widow

As always there is a new serial killer on the loose and the concept is intact. This time our main character is a woman that has lust, vengeance, hate, poison, beauty and destruction that clouds her mind and judgment. She murdered her husband and then devolved a taste of domination, a thirst for killing and at the same time she fell in the love with the detective who investigated the case against her husband’s unexpected death. The story is more complex but involves modern metaphors that also connect to everyday life at this moment in time of struggle. “Hemlock is a taste so sweet, we cannot help but lure our self to its beauty, no matter the risk”” The music has also progressed since its 1st 2 albums. This time around Murder Castle’s main man Bill Kaos (Kaos Reign/Skumbagh) has really stepped up the Doom/Horror/Groove Metal Vibe and hit it on the head with a hammer.

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Angellore – Rien Ne Devait Mourir

After three years of intensive work, French romantic doom metal masters ANGELLORE are now ready to lift the veil on their new magnum opus, Rien Ne Devait Mourir (nothing was meant to die). Composed of eight epic, well-varied songs for a full hour of enchanting music, this third album imposes itself as the darkest, most symphonic and ambitious work of the band to date.

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