Doomthousandsixteen: Independent World pt1

Enter at your own peril, for DOOM awaits.

First and foremost, I would like to clarify that I am in no ways a Doom expert. I just happen to enjoy slow and heavy riffs and think that I can write things about it. Having said that; my goal for “Doomthousandsixteen: Independent World” is to showcase independent doom acts from outside of America and to try to shine a light on some outstanding albums that have gotten minimal coverage. Join me as we delve into some of my favorites of 2016 so far and see what lies ahead on this road.

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thronewitch

Band: Son of a Witch

Album: Thrones in the Sky (February 9, 2016)

Origin: Natal, Brazil

Yes, you may start your “witch, goat, demon, black, of doom” jokes, but I’m here to show you one hell of a kick ass album. Right off the bat, Thrones of the Sky starts with “Welcome to your doom” a sample of classic Sega game Altered Beast that sets the mood in a mere 3 seconds. Your doom is here, and what follows is an avalanche of fuzzed-out guitars riffs, crunchy bass lines and booming drums. This album hovers on the line of doom and psychedelic metal. Between riffs, the band falls into trances of reverb, delay and wah effects that will take you on a sonic journey, yet grounded by some very tight drumming. And did I mention how catchy the riffs are? “New Monster” starts with one of the catchiest on the album and doesn’t stop there; you will forget you’re listening to a song that exceeds the ten minute mark and be lost in a daze of head-nodding. Pair all of these attributes with a singer named “King Lizzard” that weaves in and out of the band’s moods and you have the workings of a doom classic.

The shining moment for me is the final track “Jupiter Cosmonaut” but for the uninitiated, I present “New Monster”.

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slug

Band: Spaceslug

Album: Lemanis (February 6, 2016)

Origin: Wrocław, Poland

Spaceslug was brought back to my attention by Toileteer Eliza when she noted “I love this one a lot. I know it’s a bit early to say this, but it might end up as one of the best of the year.” High praise this early in the year, but well deserved. Lemanis is a very relaxed doom album; nothing intense, but intensely relaxed. This album feels like you’re sitting in on a jam session, not listening to recorded music. Spaceslug, a  three-piece, know how to create an atmosphere, and that atmosphere is so thick you could cut it with a knife. The vocals, performed by all three members, meld perfectly into the music, but at the same time cut through  like a whisper in a room full of conversation. And the music takes you beyond head-nodding and into the body moving state. It’s simple, almost tribal, rhythms bring you in and out of consciousness with each movement. This is an album to get lost in, not an album to listen to one song at a time.

Here is the final track “Lemanis”

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loth

Band: Lothorian

Album: Beyond the Astral Mind (January 30, 2016)

Origin: Maaseik, Belgium

For all of you void-seekers, this is the album for you. It absolutely crushes. These riffs will pummel you until nothing remains. The first lines on the album, “Close your eyes. Open your mind” are not a guidelines, but orders. And you will comply. Without fail. Riff after cascading riff will take you away from this world and into an astral plane of thought that will surround you in a blanket of darkness and nearly suffocate you. And you won’t be able to do anything about it. Embrace it, let it take its hold on you,  move with the aura of enlightenment, be damned. You will find yourself entranced in the bleakness of eternal night as this album plays. I highly recommend headphones for this listen, you will be transported to the ethereal depths of the ocean and transcend beyond the heights of the clouds. Or you might get bored, but thus is doom.

Check out “Eternal Smoke Cloaks the Night” for a gaze into darkness.

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acid

Band: Acid Coma

Album: Prayers To Mirrors (January 28, 2016)

Origin: Vladivostok, Russia

And now for the sludgy, crusty side of doom, I present Acid Coma of Russia. A female-fronted group of pure filth whose first full-length will decompose your face into a pool of thick, moldy goo. Tracks like “Children of Whores” and “Glad to be Bad” help convey the disparity of this album but at the same time shift between both sludge and d-beat in a merciless fashion. Meanwhile, the rest of the album stays in the deep realms of slow trudging doom and squeezes life out of anything in its path.  The instrumental tone of the album sounds like an OSDM homage and really shines on the faster segments presented, but does not take away at all from the slowed-down pieces. All in all, this is an album of gross proportions that will leave you in a pool of mud, yearning for cleansing.

Here is, what I believe to be, the most diverse track on the album, “Children of Whores”. The final scream will send tingles down your spine.

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Band: Pesta

Album: Bring Out Your Dead (January 20, 2016)

Origin: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Fifteen seconds into the first song on this Brazilian doom record and the bass punches you in the gut, relenting only long enough to grasp you tightly and not release you for the next 35 minutes. You have been warned. Bring Out Your Dead is a heavy slab of Sabbathian doom that rests on a grim groove of apocalyptic proportions. The vocals, reminiscent of Born Again era Ian Gillan, sit high upon the low, churning riffs while Pesta show you a world of lyrical doom archetypes within “The 4th Horseman” and “Possession”. Leave your world behind as you journey through this murky album, alone and without light, only the riffs guiding you through the darkness. As a side note I would like to imagine that the butler in “The Butler Did It” is indeed bass-master Geezer Butler and acts as a tribute to him and his importance on doom metal. Nonetheless, this is a solid doom album that should last for years to come.

“Words of a Madman” will get your head bobbing in no time.

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This concludes the first installment of hopefully a monthly series. Please let me know what you liked and didn’t like about this post; constructive criticism is always welcome. Also, please keep me informed of any new releases that you would like to see covered, but remember, Independent Doom outside of America only. HAIL!

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Published on: February 22, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck, Son of a Witch is a real name? Holy fuck.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Son of a Son of a Witch would be some next level meta band shit.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Dude. Stop while you’re ahead!

        • Dubs

          Son of All Witches

          • Boss the Ross

            Son of All Them Witches

          • Dubs

            I’ve been one-upped.

          • W,

            We were coyote hunting yesterday and we called a hawk in. It remained perched in a tree above our heads. I thought of you.

            <3

            GL

          • Boss the Ross

            That’s bad ass.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            doom out with your plume out

          • Son of Infinite Witches

          • Boss the Ross

            Now i have been one-upped

  • OMG Boss the Ross joins the rank of authors. what a great day!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Boss the Ross, the boss.

    • Boss the Ross

      It feels pretty good.

    • ♫ROSS, ROSS, ROSS, ROSS IS THE BOSS♫

      GL

      • Boss the Ross

        GL! GL! GL! GL! GL!

    • Stanley

      When are you an author vs a guest? Is there a contract involved?

      • Capra Hircus Hubertus

        Pretty sure it involves Klingon rituals.

      • lol I want to be involved in a Gojira vs Gojira record swap…

        /circlejerkintensifies

      • Dubs

        Basically if you have an account or not.

        • Stanley

          Doesn’t everyone have a discus account?

          • Dubs

            WordPress accounts, Stannis.

          • Stanley

            Arh.

          • Dubs

            If you’re interested, talk to Papa Joe.

          • Stanley

            Nah, it doesn’t matter. I was just wondering.

  • Acid Coma bringing the Grief worship hard.

  • Dubs

    Excellent roundup, Boss. You have piqued my interest with several of these.

    • Boss the Ross

      Thank you sir, just doing my best.

      • Dubs

        Did you hear the Lord Slug space doom album I covered at some point here?

        • Boss the Ross

          Yes I did, i need to give it another listen though and try to make it all the way through.

          • Dubs

            Word. We need more slug bands.

          • Boss the Ross

            It’s a word that just makes perfect sense for the style.

          • OldMetalHead

            I consider Slugdge to be one of my finds of last year. Of course I heard about it here.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            Slug Witch

  • We can only hope that Son of A Witch has a song called “Superhorrorfuck”
    http://www.toiletovhell.com/superhorrorfuck-son-of-a-witch-a-video-breakdown/

    • Boss the Ross

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Eliza

      The horror.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™
  • HAIL BOSS

    Great write up, loving the art on these album covers

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Agreed.

    • Boss the Ross

      HAIL RANDALL
      Thanks man.

  • A new Evoken album would be pretty sweet. Not sure if that’s going to happen this year though.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      could always use more funeral

      • I don’t always Funeral Doom, but when I do… I prefer Evoken.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          excellent choice. that and Ahab are two of my go-tos

    • Boss the Ross

      I’ve just recently heard about these fellows.

      • So fucking good, and epic as hell. Got to catch them live too.

        • Boss the Ross

          Solid.

  • tigeraid

    Excellent post.

    I’ve been enjoying the hell out of the Spacesplug, recently.

    • Boss the Ross

      It’s pretty killer.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Great post Boss! This Lothorian band is located VERY close to where I live.
    Doom on!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1En8nhifu7c

    • Boss the Ross

      I was thinking about that when I was listening to them, you should catch them live if you get the chance and let us know how it is.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I’ll be on the lookout for them!

  • New LVTHN album is streaming now “Eradication of Nescience”.

    https://lvthn.bandcamp.com/album/eradication-of-nescience

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Yes!

      • This fucker is punishing.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I’ve checked out a couple tracks. I agree!

          • Just finished it. Unholy fuck was that good.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      tite

  • Dagon

    I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while. Great post! The only band I knew was Pesta, which means my doom game has been lacking.

    I’m gonna spend some time with each band here.

    • Pass me the name you liked more of this roundup on a message, beibi!

      • Dagon

        Spaceslug sounds like my kind of band. I dig music to get lost in.

    • Boss the Ross

      I’m glad I could be of service.

  • Great job, Ross!!! Will check Lothorian and Spaceslug (Double back, thanks to Super Dagon). Welcome to the crew!

    • Boss the Ross

      Thabks Link, feels like home.

  • Good stuff Ross! The vocals on Acid Coma sound like John Tardy of Obituary and the music sounds like crusty Obituary on the fast parts. Son of a Witch sounds good too.

  • Capra Hircus Hubertus

    Spaceslug has riffs, and those riffs are good riffs.

    • Boss the Ross

      Yes they are.

      • more beer

        Good article. I have to agree with the goat about Spaceslug very good. I don’t have time to listen to the others until after work. But will get to it later.

        • Boss the Ross

          Thanks man! Spaceslug is jamming, I enjoy it quite a bit.

  • Stanley

    I normally just skip the doom posts but I thought I would give this Spaceslug a perusal as you’re all harping on about it in the comments section. My only conclusion is that Stanley just does not doom.

    • don’t let that keep you doom, Stanley. It just isn’t for everyone.

      • Stanley

        That’s ok. I don’t Tech Death either and it doesn’t stop me sleeping at night.

        • Capra Hircus Hubertus

          DOOM > Tech-Death.
          This is coming from a goat who digs both.

    • Capra Hircus Hubertus

      ..

    • more beer

      I know a lot of people who don’t Doom. While I like Doom there is some stuff I just can’t handle. II saw a bunch of Doom bands on saturday night. 3 out of 4 were good but the but the one I didn’t really like made me feel like I was in a coma. It was just way too slow.

    • Boss the Ross

      Acid Coma?

      • …sounds like something more beer has probably experienced a time or two!

  • I want you’ll to know that I bought the Batushka LP.

    Thanks for being so understanding the other day.

    GL

  • Spear

    I’m generally not a doom guy, but I trust the Boss, so I’m bookmarking these. Solid writeup in any case.

    • Boss the Ross

      Thank you for the trust, Spear.

  • Capra Hircus Hubertus

    Thanks for this Boss, I was looking for some more DOOM. Everything I´ve heard so far is great.

    • Boss the Ross

      Much appreciated. I will hopefully continue this series.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Do I need to vape weed to enjoy these? Asking for a friend.

    • If you do vape, we get it.

    • more beer

      Nah, you can just smoke your weed. If you are gonna vape go with wax or shatter!

    • Boss the Ross

      No drugs necessary. The RIFF is all you need.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Maybe it’s an odd comparison, and it probably is, but when listening to Spaceslug for some reason the older classic stuff of Neurosis comes to mind. The bands aren’t really comparable – and Spaceslug never gets as chaotic and nightmarish as the old Neurosis stuff gets – but somehow there’s that same feeling of desolation and tribalism. But it’s possible that I’m the only one hearing this (very) slight resemblance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lurmZamBoo

    • Boss the Ross

      Definitely

  • Dubs

    Digging Spaceslug, Baws.

    • Eliza

      I’m glad you do.

  • Crab Nicholson

    Here’s a good place to look (Youtube Channel: Stoned Meadow of Doom) https://www.youtube.com/user/StonedMeadowOfDoom93

    and here’s another https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqjcQwTNvsxQWT44N6ESrA

    • Dubs

      New here?

    • Welcome to the Toilet!

      GL

      • Crab Nicholson

        Thanks, G! I’ve been lurking around here since day one, but just made a disqus name. There oughtta be an article I sent up soon.

        • welcom to disqus! and noice avatar

        • ¡Bienvenido!

        • Dubs

          It’s edited, submitted, dude. Should run this week.

          • Crab Nicholson

            YE-UH!

        • That is a helluva time to be lurking. Seems fitting for a crab like yourself!

          GL

    • Boss the Ross

      Stoned meadow is one of my favorite youtube channels

      Also, Welcome!!

    • Eliza

      This channel is great! One of the best thing s I’ve ever found on YouTube.

  • OldMetalHead

    Great write-up. Who the boss?
    https://youtu.be/_J1FSyFTWTU

  • High on Vallenfyre

    This is some good shit. Thanks Boss!

  • COAL ROLL

    I hate this kind of guitar tone, except the Acid Witch is not bad, but they really blew it with the St Anger snare

    • Boss the Ross

      Haha, I remembered the comversation from a while back about guitar tones and knew you wouldn’t like it.

      • COAL ROLL

        imagine if Sunlight Studio sound?

        • Boss the Ross

          Depends on the type of doom. But that would be bad ass nonetheless.

  • Waynecro

    Excellent write-up, Boss the Ross! Thanks! I’m not big on doom, but Son of a Witch kept my attention.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      I guess we found another one of McNulty’s accounts

      • Waynecro

        If I were one of McNulty’s accounts, I’d probably be a lot more interesting.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Look at Gorak. He’s McNulty’s account, but he ain’t interesting.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            lolol

          • Waynecro

            What’s not interesting about a metalhead caveman trying to get by in the modern world? That sitcom practically writes itself.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Sounds like an American sitcom. You guys make the worst sitcoms.

          • Waynecro

            Fuller House, coming to Netflix February 26.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I dunno what that iis, butnit sounds liek shit.

          • Waynecro

            Dude, it’s the follow-up to the all-time classic American sitcom Full House. We’ll finally learned what happened to the Tanner family!

          • Waynecro

            The Toilet is so dreamy today.

        • Rhonda Pearlman

          This isn’t always true.

    • Boss the Ross

      Thanks, Mr. Necro. I’m glad you found something interesting

      • Waynecro

        Good stuff, man. I’m looking forward to your future contributions to this fine website.

        • Boss the Ross

          And I’m looking forward to contributing. I have some ideas, but we’ll see what happens.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Acid Coma and Pesta are vicious but the entire post has good songs, speaking about traditional Doom if you don’t know them probably you will think that flush is not allowed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeseKSg_KhY

    • Boss the Ross

      Crypt Sermon is a solid chunk of old school Doom.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        I’m eager to hear what this band will do with their next record and now that you have joined the rank of authors here at the Toilet ov Hell it wil be interesting reading and listening about the music you’ll share!

        • Boss the Ross

          Most definitely.

          Thanks!

  • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

    These are far lands, but I find that far lands oft times produce the best tales, ballads, and poems. Please find yourself comforted by my praise of these works. Pesto is also great.

    • Boss the Ross

      I hold your praise in the highest regards, great Fangorn. Walk wisely and stride long my friend.

    • pesto IS great. now where the heck have you been lately??

  • Good to see you writing for the site, Bub.

    (Your new nickname is Bub, by the way.)

    • Boss the Ross

      I can live with that.

      • Do these muscles make my dick look smaller?

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Some mighty fine stuff here. Just the ticket for a Monday night. Cool article!

  • Eliza

    Glad to see some love for Spaceslug! Great first article, Ross!

    • Boss the Ross

      Thanks Eliza!

      • Eliza

        I’m really curious to see what’ll you wite next.

        • Boss the Ross

          As am I!

          • Eliza

            Hey, I once wite something trying to resemble a review, can you please tell me what you think? Any feedback is appreciated.
            https://elizasblogblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/a-short-review-of-senpai-ep-by-sithu-aye/

          • Boss the Ross

            I found it to be a good review. You are completely honest and describe the album well. The reader/listener know exactly what they’re getting with this.

          • Eliza

            Thanks for the support! I’ll try to continue doing stuff like this in the future.

          • Boss the Ross

            Solid! Keep sharing.