Kaze’s favorite doom metal & psychedelic rock albums for 2018

Dear all,

2018 was a quite rich year in terms of new material. Especially on the doom spectrum, we welcomed the new albums of High on Fire, Conan, Yob & Bongripper which where in my opinion quite important releases, full of heaviness & vastness. CHRCH, Ommadon and Drug Cult were quite exciting new entries (for me) for 2018. In the psychedelic rock planet, we witnessed the new material from Kikagaku Moyo, Wooden Shjips, Weedpecker & Earthless. Especially the new work from Earthless, ‘Black Heaven’, was my personal 2018 psych rock favorite, an amazing album that features Isaiah’s vocals for the first time, after the band was signed to Nuclear Blast. Initially, i was a bit sceptic about this move, but ‘Black Heaven’ proved me awesomely wrong. I am super excited about this work and i am looking forward watching them performing soon either in Holland, either in Greece.

Enough talking, now let me present you my favorite doom metal & psychedelic rock releases for 2018!

 

#11. Kikagaku Moyo/幾何学模様 – Masana Temples

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Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Release date:  October 5, 2018
Label: Guruguru Brain

Visit Kikagaku Moyo’s bandcamp page

 

#10. Weedpecker – III

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Origin: Warszawa, Poland
Genre: Psychedelic stoner rock
Release date:  January 5, 2018
Label: Stickman Records

Visit Weedpecker’s bandcamp page

 

#9. Drug Cult – Drug Cult

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Origin: New South Wales, Australia
Genre: Stoner doom metal
Release date:  June 29, 2018
Label: Ritual Productions

Visit Drug Cult’s official page

 

#8. Conan – Existential Void Guardian

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Origin: UK
Genre: Doom metal
Release date:  September 14, 2018
Label: Napalm Records

Visit Conan’s bandcamp page

 

#7. High On Fire – Electric Messiah

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Origin: Oakland, California, US
Genre: Stoner/Doom metal
Release date:  October 5, 2018
Label: eOne

Visit High On Fire’s bandcamp page

 

#6. CHRCH – Light Will Consume Us All

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Origin: Sacramento, California, US
Genre: Psychedelic Doom Metal
Release date:  May 11, 2018
Label: Neurot Recordings

Visit CHRCH’s bandcamp page

 

#5. YOB – Our Raw Heart

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Origin: Eugene, Oregon, US
Genre: Doom metal
Release date:  June 8, 2018
Label: Relapse Records

Visit Yob’s bandcamp page

 

#4. Wooden Shjips – V

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Origin: US
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Release date:  May 25, 2018
Label: Thrill Jockey Records

Visit Wooden Shjips’ bandcamp page

 

#3. Ommadon – End Times

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Origin: Glasgow, UK
Genre: Doom, drone metal
Release date:   May 1, 2018
Label: Dry Cough Records, At War With False Noise, DGR Entertainment,  Medusa Crush Recordings

Visit Ommadon’s bandcamp page

 

#2. Bongripper – Terminal

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Origin: Chicago, Illinois, US
Genre: Doom metal
Release date:  July 6, 2018
Label: The Great Barrier Records

Visit Bongripper’s bandcamp page

 

#1. Earthless – Black Heaven

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Origin: San Diego, California, US
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Release date:  March 17, 2018
Label: Nuclear Blast

Listen to Black Heaven on Youtube

Visit Earthless’ Official Website

 

I hope you enjoyed my suggestions. In case you didn’t check my other 2018 favorites, you can find them below.

My other lists of favorite releases for 2018

  1. Kaze’s favorite post-metal & sludge albums for 2018
  2. Kaze’s favorite HxC punk/crust albums for 2018
  3. Kaze’s favorite death doom, death, black metal albums for 2018

 

More things are schedules for the following days, before the end of the year. I am sure you will be excited! We will keep you posted!

Cheers,

Kaze of Tzertzelos

ps: Check Ebabeleba‘s favorite DOOM/STONER/PSYCH/SLUDGE OF 2018 for more amazing releases!

Kaze’s favorite death doom, death, black metal albums of 2018

Dear all, 2018 was a year of awesome extreme metal releases! Full of amazing albums depicting futile & ominous stories in swampy realms. The most notable material features Mammoth Grinder consisting of members Power Trip, Iron Reagan, and Darkest Hour, Spectral Wound & Abstracter. Evoken returned with their 6th full-length album after 6 years of absence and At The Gates recorded their 6th full-length album as well. Hooded Menace‘s new album was a death doom masterpiece. It was quite difficult to assemble & sort this list for you, so all the presented releases are quite significant and mind-blowing. All the material really raised the overall level of the extreme sound in my opinion and here they are, my death doom, black, death metal favorites for 2018. Don’t forget to show your love to the artists by either purchasing merch, attend their gigs & share their work.

 

#7. At The Gates – To Drink From the Night Itself

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Origin: Sweden
Genre: Melodic Death metal
Release date: May 18 2018
Label: Century Media Records

Visit At The Gates bandcamp page

 

#6. Evoken – Hypnagogia

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Origin: New Jersey, US
Genre: Funeral doom, death doom, death metal
Release date: November 9 2018
Label: Profound Lore Records

Visit Evoken’s Hypnagogia bandcamp page

 

#5. Churchburn – None Shall Lives..The Hymns of Misery

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Origin: Rhode Island, US
Genre: Death doom, death metal, black metal
Release date: July 13 2018
Label: Armageddon Shop

Visit Churchburn’s bandcamp page

 

#4. Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

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Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Genre: Death doom
Release date: January 26 2018
Label: Season of Mist

Visit Hooded Menace’s bandcamp page

 

#3. Abstracter – Cinereous Incarnate

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Origin: Oakland, California, US
Genre: Blackened death doom
Release date: June 8 2018
Label: Sentient Ruin, Vendetta Records, I, Voidhanger Records, Tartarus Records

Visit Abstracter’s bandcamp page

 

#2. Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence

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Origin: Québec, Canada
Genre: Black metal
Release date: July 2 2018
Label: Vendetta Records

Visit Spectral Wound’s bandcamp page

 

#1. Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt

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Origin: Texas, US
Genre: Death metal
Release date: January 26 2018
Label: Relapse Records

Visit Mammoth Grinder’s bandcamp page

 

I hope you enjoyed my list, i will return back to you shortly for my 4th and last best picks list for 2018, falling in the doom metal & psychedelic rock category.

Cheers,

Kaze of Tzertzelos

 

My other lists of favorite releases for 2018

  1. Kaze’s favorite post-metal & sludge albums for 2018
  2. Kaze’s favorite HxC punk/crust albums for 2018

Kaze’s favorite HxC punk/crust albums of 2018

Dear all, it is that time of the year!

It’s the time when we collect our best picks of the year in an article in order to let you know about some very important releases (in our opinion of course) that shouldn’t be missed for any reason! This is the first part of my favorite releases of 2018 that are categorized as crust, hardcore punk, hardcore, power violence! All the following releases are amazing & exceptional in my opinion, and i have spent a significant amount of time through the year worshiping them. So please check each release, check the artists and if you can afford it, support them.

Enough talking, now let’s dive into the most important releases of the year!

#5. KATAXNIA – Κρεσέντο Απελπισίας (Crescendo of Despair)

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Origin: Thessaloniki, Greece
Genre: Crust, dark hardcore, punk
Release date: 11 February 2018
Label: KATAXNIA DIY Records

Visit Kataxnia’s bandcamp page

#4. Jesus Piece – Only Self 

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Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre: Hardcore punk
Release date: 24 August 2018
Label: Southern Lord Records

Visit Jesus Piece’s bandcamp page

#3. Palm – To Live Is To Die, To Die Is To Live

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Origin: Osaka, Japan
Genre: Hardcore, power violence
Release date: 29 August 2018
Label: EVP Recordings

Visit Palm’s bandcamp page

#2. Storm{O} – Ere

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Origin: Feltre, Italy
Genre: Hardcore punk, screamo, mathcore
Release date: 2 February 2018
Label: Collapse Records

Visit Storm{O}’s bandcamp page

#1. Atrament – Scum Sect

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Origin: Oakland, California
Genre: Blackened crust
Release date: September 28, 2018
Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories

Visit Atrament’s bandcamp page

I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to support the artists! Next appointment in a few days with my favorite Doom/Sludge releases of 2018.

Cheers,

Kaze of Tzertzelos

Ufomammut – 8

Ladies & gentlemen, 2 days have passed since the official release of the Italian psychedelic doomsters Ufomammut most recent album ‘8’ that is also their eighth studio release. ‘8’ was released the 22nd of September 2017 by Neurot Recordings while the LP version is released by Supernatural Cat records.

While i am a fan of Ufomammut the last 7 years, you can imagine my anxiety for “8”‘s release! Let’s dive into this & start our analysis!

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The album starts with ‘Babel’, which is a quite powerful & aggressive introduction to the album. It starts atmospherically but gradually it puts the listener to the band’s dark realm slowly & cunningly. After the first notes, the listener is teleported without a notice in Ufomammut’s plane, where the band launches unceasingly black holes & obsidian monoliths from altar ruins!
‘Warsheep’ (released also as a single in June) or better, the Trojan horse of persistent psychedelic doom nightmares follows, which ultimately will force you headbang without even noticing. Your body would follow the vibrations, you need to let it go and let the cloud of doom engulf you gracefully. ‘Zodiac’ is a sequence of mountains & valleys, a recursive melody imbued with Urlo’s vocals, resulting into psyching out the whole structure! It calms in order to earn you some moments to take a breath of safety and returns with a fuzzy sequence of electric atmospheres thrown to your face!
‘Fatum’ is the perfect glue/interlude between ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Prismaze’ that follows.
‘Prismaze’ is a chaotic & violent storm (with moments that reminded me of Oro – Opus Alter), that calms for some brief moments and then launches the final attack with fury, in order to demolish everything that stands still between the debris. One of my favorite tracks of the album for sure!
‘Core’ is a slow and relentless hammering track; initially Poia’s guitar crawls and then ultimately screams along Ufomammut’s universe while in parallel you visualize the rhythm section of the band as one opaque entity accompanying the guitar’s suffering! Another favorite track!
‘Wombdemonium’ is a slow & thick doom track that acts as a remedy for all the damage
you got from this trip, during your esoteric journey to Ufomammut’s ‘8’. But still, ‘8’ is not done yet.
The album’s last track ‘Psyrcle’ is another powerful adventure, imbued by Urlo’s psalms & FXs, a final transcendence to Ufomammut’s astral plane is achieved gracefully. Patterns repeated, evolved, a frantic climax & then finally, catharsis…Then trying to put everything together, to understand what you just witnessed…then press ‘Play’, again!

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In my opinion, that is what i was expecting from Ufomammut, to be able to beat their
past reincarnations & triumph as winners! And they did it with grace & determination.
The rhythm section was really tied up, their sound could be visualized as a cement/metal compound, opaque, thick & heavy. The bass lines could though be independent at cases, emphasizing important moments of the tracks, kinda more independent than the previous work, which is a very good thing. Great work has been done also at the FX section that accompanied the trio’s journey, really assisting dramatically the listener’s transcendence to the psychedelic doom realm of the Italians.
Really happy about this work, and easily one of my favorite releases so far for 2017. And one of my favorite Ufomammut albums!

Check their bandcamp page below & support the band!
https://ufomammut.bandcamp.com/album/8-2

Cheers!

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