Articles by Gary Davidson
A top release of 2019 mixing doom tinged sludge and influences of some familiar Belgium musical masters.
Atmospheric black metal that embraces nature, shining a slowly dying light on a blistering and bleak landscape.
Devastatingly unique, incredibly hard to describe but ultimately some very special atmospheric post-hardcore/black-metal which keeps on giving with every listen.
After producing the finest UK sludge and doom this year I just worry if Torpor will ever get its ball back as it has well and truly smashed it out of the park.
A furious blend of political black metal and flicks of folk leaves me in no doubt that there really isn’t a band that does it better. A vital band with an important release for our troubled times.
Another stunning release by Cult of Luna that doesn’t quite get out of the shadow of its previous two releases.
An absolutely staggering album which tackles massive modern day issues with humility, honesty and lots of cracking songs.
Some great post-rock.metal which can be heavy without feeling thin or limited of ideas
A great mix of blackened hardcore and post-metal sensibilities creates an album packed with brutality which has longevity.
More massive post-rock./metal from the genres most prolific masters.
Another solid album of catchy doom rock from a truly unique band with a few darker twists on album number five.
This sludged up post-everything tour de force is a high point not only for the band but for all those who engage.
Cave In dawn the spacesuits once more and go on a new spacial journey whilst dealing with the loss of a brother.
Losing their vocalist and focal point seemed like it may have been the end, but Ba’al have come back stronger and darker and made the transition seem so simple.
If you like Cult of Luna you will find something here to enjoy. Crushing Swedish post-metal with licks of electronic haze and sludge.
Atmospheric blackened crust that has moments of calm that falsely lull you before roaring away again.
Post-metal at its most unique and finest. Latitudes’ fourth album is glorious with a luscious sound that pounds you and embraces you in equal measures.
A gloomy adventure with the sophomore effort from France’s finest post-metal sludge band which doesn’t fail to deliver after a blistering debut.
A blend of misery and release in the form of sludgy post-metal with licks of doom and ambience sees Sonance create their best release yet.
This cracking blend of post-metal and post-hardcore from Mollorca shows that living in a warm climate doesn’t necessarily make you worry free.
The soundtrack to modern day distopia. A putrid doom tinged post-metal take on the current social and political landscape which gives no escape.