Into The Abyss: To Be Lulled By Their Hands

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To Doom Is To Be.

Her voice rang by the shore, where have you gone. Violent the waves struck the strand.

Her voice rang by the path. Menacing the trees loomed above her.

Her voice rang in the woods. Dark the branches, dark the trees and fallen leaves covered the trail of her weary feet.

Her voice rang for the trees. In their silence the words suffocated.

Her voice rang no more.

Welcome to your doom, a series about doom metal, and when I feel so – something else (but always somehow related to the aforementioned genre). I know many of you are not interested in doom, and that is actually one of the reasons I have decided to write this thing. In order to showcase the great variety of different bands drawing from doom. For these purposes, this series won’t include poor attempts at Asphyx-worship a’la Ghoulgotha or discussions about boring-as-hell-but-super-loved bands like Pallbearer, unless you wan’t to talk about how much less annoying their new single is compared to either one of their albums. Because I will be including few bands on each post, these will mostly be blurbs of a not-too-long a nature. I also promise to follow this post up with more punctuality than that one “series” about power metal saw [I’m, uh, getting around to it…Masterlord].

I’m not going to do news checkup as big as the one on TDT, but I thought it’d be nice to feature some bands I know someone out there, besides me, enjoys. Especially since I’m of the mind to not include bigger bands in the actual music section:

Coughdust 

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Coughdust formed in 2010 and released their debut A Means To an End last year. It’s reminiscent of some old Swedish death metal band starting to play slower and more stoner-like songs. No frills, a crushing guitar tone, and songs to back up every promise they make. This should be no surprise, given that Coughdust employs current and former members of such bands as Rotten Sound, Enochian Crescent and Corpset, these guys are no strangers to bone crunching by the mere heaviness of their song material. Coughdust will embark on a tour with Demonic Death Judge in April/May, and will release a split with the band as well. See the dates here, and keep in mind that this is an European tour so most of you will not be able to attend. The only complaint I can think of is that despite their origins and genre(s) of choice they don’t seem to be very riffy. There is no RoTW material here, sadly, but it doesn’t slow the band down.

Check their Bandcamp and Facebook.

 

Gravecode Nebula

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Doom metal with leanings of psychedelic blackness? Sounds good to me. You know a band is good when their first release is a split with Krieg (albeit neither side is very good). Gravecode Nebula never really stops dooming while they craft their bleak atmospheres and hypnotic dirges, and is all the more effective for it. Unless, of course, you count all the times they do speed up or blast for two seconds in the middle of a dirge just for the sake of weirding things up a little bit. This approach also works very well for the band. This probably won’t “go the distance” with the majority of you, but the chosen few are in for a luxurious treat. Check their Bandcamp to support them, and like them on The Fabled Book ov The Faces.

I recommend you try “Lethal Aether”.

 

Öxxö Xööx

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Öxxö Xööx describes themselves as experimental and flamboyant doom metal, and that is a pretty apt description, though they build their songs on the same structure as most gothic/doom bands. Their 2011 debut Rëvëürt has been one of my favorite albums lately. They’re due to release another album on May 26th, but we’ll discuss that one later. These Frenchmen (or this frenchman, whatever) sing in an imaginary language of their own making, their name translating to “69” on both, this imaginary language and binary code. As, for some reason, the French tend to do – this band could also be described as avant-garde merely for the sake of being avant-garde, but it happens to please me, so you shouldn’t be bothered by it either. Their music is both dark and beautiful, constructing the exterior of their music with harpsichords, symphonic elements, electronic music, and even black metal at times. I’ve seen Öxxö Xööx be compared to Magma, and though not thoroughly true, it warms my figurative heart.

Get ready to check your open tabs to make sure you didn’t leave multiple songs playing at once, and jam my current favorite tracks: “Ctënöphörä” and “Lïnï”*

*Unfortunately the stream here is missing the final three songs, but you can have them by buying this album.

 

Corpo-Mente

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Corpo-Mente is, according to the band themselves, a mixture of trip-hop, acoustic music, and baroque. I’d classify it under “good” me’self. This is not doom; not even close. Why is this featured here? Because both of it’s members have been contributing to Öxxö Xööx as well. And because I like it. Formed by Igorrr (of Igorrr, naturally), who handled much of the studio work for Öxxö Xööx’s new album, and Rïcïnn (whom we shall discuss in the next edition), who contributed vocals to the aforementioned band.

Check out “Dulcin” a song “a bit different than the rest”. Strings, operatic vocals as if in pain but not hopeless. A wall of guitar appears and all hope disappears, only to be buried underneath new-found comfort.

Or you could check out “Arsalein” It’s a more easy-going effort. OR, you could check out their brand new debut video for “Fia

UPDATE: Streaming! Full! Stab here!


 

That’s all for now folks, be sure to revisit this post to get hours and hours of maximum aural pleasure out of it. And Doom All Over The World.

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  • Sir Tapir the Based

    A series about doom metal? McNulty must be excited.

    • The Beargod

      Tbh, I did this to spite him.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        Well done my son.

    • i’ll queue up some of these songs if i have trouble sleeping tonight

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Nice dude! This demo song kicks so much ass. Storm’s voice is so fucking nasty (RIP). When that lead guitar part comes in around 5:55 the hair on my arms stands straight up.

  • KJM
    • The Beargod

      I know what I’ll be doing for the remainder of the week.

    • Sir Tapir the Based

  • Tyree

    Dude, Gravecode Nebula is fucking incredible. That album was one of my most played from 2013. Salt Lake City has some quality doom bands.

    • The Beargod

      Didya check the Domovoyd?

      • Tyree

        Yeah dude. I actually got McNulty hooked on them.

        • The Beargod

          Wunderbar! He exclaimed with great relish.

  • Coughdust is sounding good. It’s a little more up tempo than your standard doom.

  • Dr. Dubz

    Pallsnorer snores the bore out me. Stoked on Ufomammut and enjoying Gravecode Nebula. Pretty sure I meant to check them out last year and forgot.

    • Tyree

      You should have checked them out 2 years ago. That’s ok though.

      • Dr. Dubz

        Doh! Foiled again.

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          And you would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

    • Dagon

      Same here, I read about them extensively before actually listening and my reaction was:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STX1agXyPA4

      • That last dude with the revolver really needs to just put a round in all six and get it over with.

        • Dagon

          The fact that people actually play Russian roulette always baffled me. I saw a young dude, probably in his early 20s in the ER after losing the “game”.

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          Pfffffffffftttttttttt, one up it and play it with a rocket launcher or a bazooka.

    • Dagon

      I would rather stare at Drake without eyebrows than listen to an entire Pallbearer record.

      http://twitpic.com/show/large/7c0u1w

  • Gravecode Nebula is from my land. They put on a great show, too.

    • Tyree

      I wish they would tour or do festivals. They have a female bassist right?

    • God ov All

      SLC?

      • Tyree

        Yup.

        • God ov All

          Man a lot of people on here live in the same city as me. I learned about gravecode nebula from the local magazine “burning salts”.

  • Coughdust is pretty coo

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    Oooooooh, now this is a series I can really get into. Really looking forward to future installments. Also, For those who don’t know, Lycus signed with Relapse a while ago and have a few tours and a new album in the works for the summer. The doom is real, and fuck, is it bleak.

  • Tyree

    New Gravecode Nebula song (Live Performance).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV7gaVNSVQU

    • The Beargod

      I want a new album quite bad.

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    Shape of Despair are my favorite funeral doom band. So I’m stoked they’re finally making a new album.

  • Tyree

    Damn, I’m stoked for this new Domovoyd album now.

  • The Beargod

    Also probably should have mentioned.

    Swallow the Sun will release a Hahto-less album late this year.

    their mastermind’s other band (which sounds like Emerald Forest…) has recorded their debut.

    • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

      Saw them with Moonsorrow and Fintroll, but didn’t quite tickle my tendies. Maybe I should check out their CDs?

      • The Beargod

        Swallow the Sun? I’d say yes. Try The Morning Never Came and Blackbird & The Emerald Forest for starters. Two quite different records.

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          Will do, grizzly bear/walrus deity!

  • EsusMoose

    Fantastic doom album released this year I know FishGod was talking about it (Elder’s Lore) https://beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com/album/lore

    • The Beargod

      I was quite certain he reviewed it (I was wrong), therefore I didn’t mention it. It’s quite marvelous.

      • Dagon

        I wanted to couldn’t get around to actually doing it. It is fantastic.

        • EsusMoose

          Do it, people must know of its glory

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9uFwuTtv0
    With a Video Breakdown-worthy video included!

  • Tyree
  • Dagon

    Good job, Bear God. I like to doom out with my fishtail out.

    • The Beargod

      We, ancient deities, must keep together.

      • Does a Masterlord qualify as deity? Please say yes.

        • Dr. Dubz

          No

          • Get that doctorate out of my face!

          • Dr. Dubz

            I’m inside yer face.

          • His doctorate is in car stuff, not theology. I’ve written about Theologian so I’m qualified to say that actually: no.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Plus yer name is Christian

          • Dagon

            Doctors don’t count. Science is overrated.

            Ancient fish worship is liberation from corporate media and scientific control

            Remember 1453 BC

            /zzzzzzzz off

          • I wouldn’t mind to read more of this.

            Weird fish are the new reptilians. Dagon’s brethren is alive!

            “No puedo pensar en las profundidades del mar sin estremecerme ante las
            espantosas entidades que quizá en este instante se arrastran y se agitan en su
            lecho fangoso, adorando a sus antiguos ídolos de piedra y esculpiendo sus
            propias imágenes detestables en obeliscos submarinos de mojado granito”.

            http://www.tasty-takes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/new-handfish-species-pink_20881_600x450.jpg

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            i;m jesus christ!!

            (both at once–full vol)
            https://youtu.be/ONiVXWhaIZM
            https://youtu.be/WKKPonh7StM

          • KJM
          • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

            To think Angus from 2 1/2 Men left a lucrative show practically doing nothing, while making millions, to follow this kook.

          • DARKBEARD

            I’M GLAD YOU’RE BACK, BIOTCH

          • KJM

            Thanks.

          • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

            What about marine surgeons/biologists?

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          For a cheap price of one million dollars, you can become a deity!
          Call 1-800-not-scam now!

          • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

            Hey, that was part of the package when I sent my money, ATM cards/passwords, mortgage, first born child, and social security number to my dead uncle’s estate in Nigeria after I got that email (which somehow ended up in my spam folder)! You laugh now, but soon I will own you and all of Finland!

        • The Beargod

          Tapir, that near-divine rascal has got your back, jack.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Near-divine, eh? My dirty pubes are more divine than you.

          • The Beargod

            You’re a tad too based. To. Be. A. God.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            But I’m not too based To Be Kind.
            Huehue

          • The Beargod

            Tapirtony Soprano strikes again.

          • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

            I’m a dumptruck full of nose hairs. Your pubes are powerless before me.

          • can I join this circle jerk?

          • The Beargod

            ..mmmaaybe. Did Gandalfdork give you something godlike?

          • Well, I’m Venezuelan.
            [EDIT: in fact, I don’t need a Súper Chávez pic to remember that I’m Venezuelan and I have super powers].

          • The Beargod

            For the glory of Chavez! You can!

          • Thanks!

            I can also become invisible to the malandros when I sense a motorcycle. I can breath in ambients full of gasoline and CO2. I turn co-workers fate and karma at my will. And I make a good chicken recipe called ‘Link’s Super Chicken with Vegetables’.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Bibidi babidi bu, you’re a god now.

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair
  • Dr. Dubz

    I can definitely get behind this series.

  • KJM
    • Dagon

      This keeps popping up on my Spotify recs but I am yet to give it a try.

      • KJM

        The whole cd is great.

    • The Beargod

      I wasn’t big on the vocals, but otherwise this was good.

      • KJM

        You’ll probably prefer the earlier material with the different vocalist.

        • The Beargod

          I need to try that out. Don’t think I have.

          • KJM

            This singer(Sharie Neyland) left last year right after the latest disc came out and the original singer returned. There are live clips of him performing the newer stuff.

  • KJM
    • CT-12

      Not that Beargod has taken the first step, I vow to do a full writeup on Blood Farmers and how fucking underrated and incredible they are.

      • KJM

        Yes!

  • Scrimm

    I like Ghoulgotha. Don’t hear Asphyx in their sound.

    • The Beargod

      I don’t like ’em. And I think the skeletal syuff is quite similar. Take off Asphyx’s leadwork (of Daniels’ days) and put on some off Gjoulgotha’s and there you go.

      But I think we had this conversation before and ended nowhere.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah we did. Still hear a lot more Demilich in them myself.

        • The Beargod

          ?? Now I need to revisit it. Don’t recall a lot of that.

        • The Beargod

          ?? Now I need to revisit it. Don’t recall a lot of that.

          • Scrimm

            It didn’t hit me at first but it’s definitely there. Nowhere near as good of course but some of the off tuned stuff they do really gave me the impression of a doomier Demilich.

  • KJM
  • KJM

    The only track from the new disc that’s doing anything for me thus far
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84rbcwxlcw

  • KJM
  • CT-12

    Beargod, thanks for taking the time to start a doom column on here, it’s very much appreciated. I’d really like to contribute, but I am an insanely slow writer, but I’ll try to hit you up if I ever get something wrote for this. Fuck yeah, I’m stoked to have a bunch of new doom to chew on this week!

  • JWG

    I’ve mostly been on a post/atmospheric black metal binge lately – mostly by exploring those and similar tags on Bandcamp and focusing on the free downloads (there are lots). But as it pertains to DOOOOOM, I should mention that my latest acquisitions from YOB’s back-catalogue just arrived, meaning I’m short the debut to have a complete discography.

    Also, my last doom-y (re)discovery other than that:
    https://hoopsnakeriffs.bandcamp.com/

  • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

    Can’t really think of too many doom metal bands that I dig/jiggle my tendies, but I’ll check some of these out a little later after I finish getting through this new And One six-CD set. Finally got all of it all these months later.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CF6j2k2NEU

    • Maik Beninton

      I barely know any.
      Would like to know who are the biggest out there.

  • Brouroboris

    Flip yes, that Oxxo Xoox is mega.
    Edit: just read they’re connected to Igorrr, of course they’re good. Explains that snare sound as well.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

    In totally unrelated news, the most metalcore/deathcore dog on the planet!

    https://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/lovable-animals-funny-6.jpg?quality=94&strip=all

  • J.R.

    DVVM

    heck yes.

    I think the only thing even remotely doomy I have in my arsenal is The Foreshadowing’s first two albums. Pretty killer but not very dvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvm. Excited to find cool new stuff!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ078xkH5sQ&list=PL86CDAC232F5A804A

  • KJM

    More Stoner than Doom but fuck it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFMrYTvKyv0

  • KJM