Fulton’s Reviews Top 30 albums of 2014

Hello all, Fulton here! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015! I know it’s been a while since I have posted on the blog, but wanted to let everyone to know that I hope to be more active in 2015. For now, I will leave you with my Top 30 Albums of 2014 videos filmed right at the tail end of 2014. Thanks to all the bands who made it to this list for gracing us with such unbelievable tunes over the last year, and everyone who has made CTEBCM? everything that is today! Happy 2015! Cheers!

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Review: Snakefeast – The Pythoness

Baltimore-based Snakefeast comes pretty much out of the left field for me. Basically, it’s a guitarless progressive sludge quintet. But none of that ELE bullshit (3 basses that do the same thing), the instruments are: a drum, a bass guitar, a cello, and a saxophone. That can be quite interesting, isn’t it? But instead, they fall just a bit short.

Honestly, this combination of instruments could make something so awesome, that it’s criminal to have let the opportunity pass them by, and instead do some pretty uninspired sludge. Don’t get me wrong, the bass riffs are amazing and the songs … Read more

Review: Seer – Vol. 1

From Beautiful British-Columbia comes Seer, a vintage-sounding stoner/sludge metal band which makes them, from this point of view, similar to Dawnbringer. Obviously, the two bands have wildly different influences and goals for their music, but still.

I have to say I really like the inclusion of a harmonica in the first of the two songs on Vol. 1, I think it’s a rather underused instrument, particularly in metal, and with the exception of Blood & Banjos, I really don’t have any name in mind who used one, even in other genres! The production and sound is clear, … Read more

Review: Nott – Abyssal EP


Nott has, since the project’s inception, been about ultimate heaviness and bleakness. I’ve known this one-man project since the Obsidian Depths EP, and I have also downloaded their first work, Devouring Deities. All of them fulfilled my needs for insanely heavy, slow, dissonant and distorted music. The new arrival, Abyssal, is no different.

Spewing the tale of the God of Hatred eradicating humanity, Abyssal takes us to new musical depths. From what I can tell, he’s tuning in A or A#, which is pretty damn low, supporting the concept of the abyss and surely … Read more

Review: Hinayana – Endless demo


Before anything, I wanted to make a quick research on what “hinayana” meant. First of all, it’s taken from Buddhism, in which it means “small vehicle”, and here’s a small quote about it, taken straight from Wikipedia:

The Small Vehicle is based on becoming aware of the fact that all we experience in samsara is marked by suffering. Being aware of this engenders the will to rid ourselves of this suffering, to liberate ourselves on an individual level, and to attain happiness. We are moved by our own interest. Renunciation and perseverance allow us

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Snailking – Storm


Snailking are, truly to their name, the kings of slow, sludgy, heavy, moody, drony doom music. Their sophomore album Storm only confirms that claim, and for those who can appreciate that kind of music, it’s a good one!

The slowly crawling riffs, the desperate cries, and the confined sound of the drums make for a particularly deranging experience, one that would be better appreciated in a live setting with the loud and constant drone inside your guts, and the pounding bass drum that makes your whole chest resonate. However, it is a problem that every band in … Read more

Vod Working On A New Album!


The doomy gloomy sub-bass metal band vod have begun work on their new album, Dark Souls, which will be a re-interpretation of the video game’s original soundtrack! That’s 29 songs, and more than an hour of material! There’s presently three songs uploaded on bandcamp in “demo” form, that means they will probably get re-mixed before the official release, as well as a teaser present on soundcloud:

You can pre-order the album now on their bandcamp page, until the release date set on January 1st, 2015.… Read more

Amia Venera Landscape has released a new song and video!

This is by far the heaviest release by the band! It has incorporated some elements of doom music, but kept their ambient soundscapes, probably even amped them up a little! There’s not much info else than this. Is this a single from an upcoming EP? Full-length? I don’t know, but I can wish!… Read more

Soulmass – Despairing Fates


Souls-themed blackened doom metal band Soulmass delivers us, through their indiegogo campaign, their new album, otherwise due October 31st, entitled Despairing Fates. The album is full of great riffs and deep vocals, along with a sense of loss and despair in its oppressing atmosphere.

Bryan and Brett, the two men of the band, wrote lyrics based on the ever more sad and melancholic stories found throughout the games Demon’s Souls, and Dark Souls I and II. This kind of music really is the best to support such lyrical content and emotions, the weight of the … Read more