Arkiv för Doom metal
Om, formed by Al Cisneros after his former legendary doom metal band ”Sleep” decided to call it a quit. I’ve posted their third album ”Pilgrimage” on the blog before. This however is their latest output called ”Advaitic Songs”. It came out in stores not more than two weeks ago.
Om is a doom metal band, at least on the paper. Though with this release I dont really know what to make of it genrewise anymore, is it drone? Every album that they’ve made so far has been sort of theme album on a melody that is played in different versions. Advaitic Songs however displays a bit more of variation when it comes to melody. Still this is with all certainty my favourite Om release so far!
The album starts smoothly with the track Addis. If you’re familiar with Om’s earlier releases then you’ve probably felt that the music always takes on a spiritual transcendental sound” (and seen, their albums of late have sported orthodox christian ikons on the front). Addis is a prime example of that ”spiritual sound”, it’s not hard to imagine someone standing at the top of a minaret humming this song.
To quote another listener: a spiritual expedition into the dynamics of heavy music.
The second sludgy track ”State of Non-Return” is the only track that is somewhat reminiscent to the doom metal sound, still I think this album in general catches the ”feeling of doom”. Check it out, maybe you agree or maybe you dont.
Track of the day: Trouble Trouble by Foghat
Download– Lillie: F-65 (2012)
After 17 years they are back and Wino is back in Vitus. All is well.
If you’re not familiar to Saint Vitus then I can tell you that they’re one of the oldest and most infamous doom metal acts, Lillie F-65 is therefore as you might understand one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year.
…and it’s like nothings changed! Of course the production quality is a bit cleaner and crispy, for good or worse. It’s also a bit shorter than most of their previous releases (only 33 min!!? I mean comon this is doom). But I got to say that I’m really satisfied with what I got. This is to much a reminder of their masterpiece ”Born too Late” for me to not be satisfied!
The album starts of with the ”hit song”, if there ever was such a thing in doom, Let Them Fall. My personal favourite though is Blessed Night
Since I saw them live 2 weeks ago, I’m happy to note that they’re still going strong! Plodding on in doom.
Here’s a couple of photos from the northern parts of Sweden called Lappland, lots of mountains and forests. I usually spend a week or so there every year.
Norgefarargård på Klimpfjäll
Track of the day: Addis by OM
Tomorrow I’ll be in Gothenburg to see doom metal legends SAINT VITUS(!!!) at Truckstop Alaska. Can’t wait…
I’ve been listening to Saint Vitus for about three years, a rather short time in comparison to a lot of die hard Saint Vitus fans. But still they’ve grown on me to become a band that I find myself listening to really often, a reliable source of joy. I imagine it’s going to feel quite grand to actually see them live.
I believe in miracles
I don’t believe in sin
I believe in wizardry
I don’t believe in trends
Every time I’m on the street
People laugh and point at me
They talk about my length of hair
And the out of date clothes I wear
Black metal tip:
Woods of Desolation, from their 2011 release ”Torn beyond Reason”
Saw OM perform live! It was intense, really intense, my eardrums are still ringing two days after the show! The hole experience had sort of an almost religious feeling to it, and they sounded so much heavier in real life! I liked the fact that they had a guy with a syntheziser and a tambourine who performed some drones with a middle eastern touch! That element’s not something they’ve featured on their album recordings. Apart from a couple of bong-hoffing breaks during which
Al Cisneros dissapeared behind the amplifiers, the songs seemed to melt together.
Hung out witch a bunch of nice people.
I didn’t get a single good photo of the show.. so this might not be such a worthwhile post, still I’d like to think it’s not completly pointless since you get a snap of the nice OM shirt i bought myself.
Know I’m of to a show with the locals Asteroid
Track of the day: Sacrifice by Black Widow
Download- Saint Vitus (1984)
Saint Vitus started out as early as the late 1970s, along with Pentagram and Trouble.. and they’re still one of the best doom metal outfits around.
Let me start by saying.. Scott Reagers on vocals is so, so, sooo much better than Wino! He’s vocals is what makes this album! When I first started listening to Saint Vitus I had kind of a hard time getting into it, I liked ”Born too late” from the start but I didnt really find Wino’s vocals that fascinating. THEN! I picked up this master-of doom-piece and understood what it was all about. Saint Vitus aint no bullshit hype, this is the real thing, this old school american doom metal. This is their first self-titled album and it’s one of the best doom metal albums I’ve heard.
If you’re into this stuff than this should tingle your balls!
Track of the day: Think by Void
Well I know were I’m going to be the 5th and 6th of April! Damn there’s so much stuff I’m looking forward to. Apart from Earth and OM playing in Stockholm 5/4-6/4. There’s Moonless release party at Loppen the 15/3 and 3/4 Church of Misery will be doing the drones there to. Two days later Agalloch are performing there as well.. 21/4 Angel Witch at Truckstop Alaska! 6/5 Sleep!!!! that means missing the last day of ”Heavy days in doomtown”, and then at the end of May there’s Muskelrocken.