Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010)

23 March, 2011

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Great comeback of the legend!

With this album Swans brings a new sound with echoes of the old and of Angels of Light. Five of the eight tracks exceed 5 minutes, making this an album of mostly epic pieces with complex tempo variation and shifting textures around that wall of sound which oscillates between jangles and drones. The exceptions, Reeling The Liars In, My Birth and Little Mouth stand out in their own ways.

Cathedral - Soul Sacrifice EP (1992)

17 March, 2011

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Four songs of mad doom.

Normally I'm not a big fan of EPs, as I feel they aren't worth the money in most cases. However, with Cathedral it is a different story, all of their EPs have something different to offer. This one is no different, with the faster version of the song Soul Sacrfice, the band foreshadows their new direction, a bit faster doom metal with plenty of groove. Autumn Twilight is similar and its video kind of shows a stoner approach by the band. Of course later on these effects would be fully developed by the band. Frozen Rapture is a slower and heavier track, while the closing song Golden Blood is again a bit groovier. 24 minutes, but all worth it.

In the end, this EP is highly recommended for Cathedral fans, and for fans of Doom/Stoner metal. - yeentrancemperium

Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium (1991)

17 March, 2011

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Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium Album Cover

First album of the British doom legend. A CLASSIC!

It’s twilight in the woods. The fading light brings shadows, and with them eerie shapes seem to emerge out of the foliage itself. Indistinct but definitely present are the obscure denizens of the wood who gather joylessly to celebrate arcane pagan rites of fornication and delirium. After six separate ceremonies pass, the light of a new day begins to illuminate the heavens. And in its glare, the specters recede solemnly to their daytime hibernation, only to slither forth again when the moon arrives to oversee their pagan reveries.

That is the mood of Cathedral’s debut album as heard through my view, and a more somber and beaten sounding release had simply never been crafted in metal upon its release. Listeners familiar with Lee Dorrian’s vocal work with Napalm Death were perhaps horrified to hear his signature growl compressed to a creepy bellow, and the hyper-speed grind replaced by slow-motion doom of the most severe order. Credit is also due guitarist Gary Jennings, whose worship of all rock things obscure informs the riffs and lines that pour off his fingers. Song wise “Commiserating the Celebration” is the monster here, 11 minutes of SLOW unfolding dour feeling. An acoustic intro gives slight respite, but after that, it’s a slow march to melancholy. In the album’s original configuration there were NO up-tempo cuts, just six rituals of which “Equilibrium” and “Ebony Tears” are perhaps the standouts.

The sound is all midrange and quavering bottom end, with no bright spots of treble to offer a glimmer of sonic hope – Cathedral would go on to pen many more essays on the subject of doom and elder metal worship – but this starting point will always pack a dreadful power that stands alone. Seriously. Most doom sounds like comedy when put up against this. - brocashelm

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - From The Stairwell (2011)

14 March, 2011

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The new, third full-length TKDE album. Great as always. Highly recommended!