Being on the road with Thou is the antithesis of the wild “metal” tour cliche. Seeking out Starbucks. Carefully choosing the perfect vegan restaurant. Locating the nearest Whole Foods. Listening to Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Sinead O’Connor and Soundgarden. Razzing one another in the van and awaiting the “You gonna
Mike Scheidt’s return to the stage at Northwest Terror Fest last month was a seemingly long-awaited event for YOB fans. Nearly five months after a sudden, emergency hospitalization followed by a live-saving surgery earlier in the year, Scheidt was eagerly preparing to once again play to a sold-out Seattle crowd.
Atriarch are a pretty great band that, it’s hard to believe, began eight years ago. Starting in Portland, the band has made a reputation for producing a unique take on doom metal that introduces elements of the creepier side of deathrock into their meditatively bleak metallic mix. The years 2012
It has come to my attention that my own local act, HELL, a fucking evil sounding solo doom project ran out of “sleepy Salem” Oregon by the elusive and private man known as MSW, is set to put out their first new full length release out on cassette (disregarding a
Usnea shares basic traits with its namesake. The lichen is neither fungus nor alga. Usnea is neither doom metal nor black metal. The grey-green plant grows its branches slowly. Usnea’s protracted songs tell wandering stories that veer off the funerary path. Juxtaposing abrasiveness with gentleness, their dirges profess a full
Lycus has nearly perfected the sonic incarnation of blackness. Their Californian funeral doom metal is a menacing, melodic and mesmerizing behemoth of sound that is refreshing in a genre marked by its longform sedated stylings. As if with multiple voices, Lycus moves between violin interludes, dense, damning riffs and Gregorian