Gloam Death Is The Beginning CD Giveaway


Wanna win a copy of Gloam‘s engrossing new EP? Can you count to 6? Well, I’ve got some good news for you…

For those not already familiar with the upcoming USBM band, then you’re getting on board just in time, as Gloam are about to release their first material since recently joining the staunch powerhouse that is Blood Harvest Records. The band’s 2015 debut was an intriguing blend of doomy psychedelia and morose black metal; the intricately woven layers combined to form a stark sonic tapestry, a pervasively haunting piece that certainly lives up to its name and imagery.

Today marks the release of their follow-up to Hex Of Nine Heads, and I can say with complete certainty that it lives up to the high expectations I’d placed on it. At a mere three tracks, on face value Death Is the Beginning may seem like just a brisk jaunt in the crisp night air, but the dark is as deep as the mind it surrounds. In under 20 minutes, Gloam manage to pry open otherworldly portals other acts never quite manage to crack. Riffs of moribund anguish sublimate into swirling miasmatic spectres seeking retribution amidst the black sky.

Sounds like the perfect soundtrack to your Friday the 13th, right?

Well the band were cool enough to reach out and offer to send us a physical promo copy. However, as much as I’d like to have this excellent EP in my hands, I’d feel bad asking the band to pay for postage across the Pacific, especially since I’d already been smashing replay for a few weeks on a digital copy. So I thought it would be a better idea if we could gift one of you most worthy flushers the album instead. Adequate recompense for enduring my perpetual sardonicism? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, these tracks rule, one of you score, and I’ll likely remain a prick regardless. So how can you get a copy?

Well, I’d originally planned to get you to write a short review, but Joe reminded me of our cohort’s inherent laziness and suggested we ask for haiku reviews instead (which we’ve successfully done a few times before). Excellent, we could use the album’s title as a theme. Wait, it only contains 6 syllables. Fuck. How about instead of the 5/7/5 pattern of a haiku, we opt for a 6/6/6 syllabic run instead? Perfect. You can use the title (“Death is the beginning“) as either your first, second, or third line, as long as you have 6 syllables in each line, your entry counts. The final result will be decided this weekend and we’ll send out the album so you can rejoice in the spoils of victory as soon as possible. So drop your entry in the comments below, and make sure you give the record a spin this Friday the 13th.

Remember, most of you will not win at this competition, any other contest, or life in general, so accept your failure early and go pick up Death Is The Beginning right now on CD, digital, or even marble and translucent swamp green LP to revel in its majestic misery. Follow Gloam here to catch them live on tour.

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  • Rolderathis

    Permafrost drains my will
    Death is the beginning
    That corpse needs some Ray-Bans

  • Death is the beginning
    I don’t like black metal
    But I like free CDs

    (yes, that was my entry…)

  • GoatForest

    Howling knives pierce the ears.
    In aural spite, life fails.
    Death is the beginning.

    • Rolderathis

      Middle line got that dank cadence, bravo

      • GoatForest


  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    The number six is bad
    I hate even numbers
    Death is only the beginning.

    • KJM, Blood Farmer

      1) Remove the “only”

      2) I always have a worse time with life during odd numbered years than even ones.

      • kinda like Star Trek movies?

        • KJM, Blood Farmer

          I like Search For Spock okay enough, and ST:The Motion Picture is a classic stoner flick.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I hate even numbers. I always have.

  • i hope JJD wins.
    he could use more metal
    we all could, tbh

    death is teh beginning


    (yes, that was my entry)

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I hate to be blunt
    Donald Trump is a cunt
    Death is his beginning

  • Al Bvndy

    I don’t like corruption…
    But pick me, gain a Patreon!
    Death is the beginning.

  • Iamin Cognito

    The last rose of summer
    Six thrice the beast’s number
    Death is the beginning

  • Smalls…Leonard Smalls

    A six syllable one?
    You’re kidding me, Lizard?
    I’m too lazy for that.

  • God

    Death is the beginning
    Death is also the end
    Death death death death death death

  • themaleshoegaze

    Death is the beginning
    Of the extreme Metal
    Genre of the same name.

  • Waynecro

    Death is the Beginning
    That cover sure is green
    Everyone loves a sword

  • GrumpDumpus



  • Hans

    Life’s been such a bummer
    Now you want to tell me
    death is the beginning? >:(

    • Hans

      Death is the beginning
      Zombies always knew it
      The fun starts once you rot

    • GoatForest