Review: Vetha – Rancid Or Acid

Listening to noise-sludge and microtonal Middle-Eastern folk-rave-metal songs, although infinitely entertaining and awesome, definitely can fatigue your ears and brains. So, let’s talk about a more standard metal album for once. But it’s a good one… And an independent slash underground band, so… that fits us pretty well still!

Vetha is a French trio playing as a quatuor (the guitarist and drummer recorded the bass on the album) groove metal band. Musically, it draws inspiration certainly from Pantera and the likes, and perhaps some more recent groove metal like some of the harder-hitting Periphery songs, or from bands like … 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

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

Sleepers Awake – Transcension

Sleepers Awake gives you everything you want to hear from a progressive metal band nowadays. Master instrumentation, killer riffs, awesome vocals, long and intricate songs but shorter ones too… Seriously, Transcension will be your best listen of the week, and of the month, and probably of the year!

You can pre-order the album on bandcamp, as it comes out June 17th, or the physical CD and some merch over here.

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