The Skull was a doom metal band founded by Trouble members Eric Wagner, Ron Holzner and Jeff “Oly” Olson in 2012. Early on their sets mainly comprised of classic Trouble songs but with a debut album appearing in 2014 named For Those Which Are Asleep their set would comprise of original songs and classic Trouble. By the release of their second album The Endless Road Turns Dark, the band would perform more originals than covers.
On rare occasions the band has performed full Trouble albums such as Psalm 9, The Skull and the 1990 eponymous Trouble. In a run spanning ten years The Skull would release two studio albums and an EP.
Like all good sludge bands, Sixes know their way around menacing feedback that will probably give you an irregular heartbeat (or best case scenario: tinnitus).
-Nic Huber, Metal Injection
“If I could describe SIXES in one word, it’d be “Grindhouse.” Not because their craft is shabby, but because the approach to their core focus, even in this day and age, is taboo, violent, and abrasive.”
-Elizabeth Gore, Doomed & Stoned.
“This has all that a growing sludge fan needs: slow riffs – check, sandy growling bass – check, claustrophobic drums – check, feedback – check”
-Regnars Breikss, Shit Regnar Says.
“A powerful knockout session to your senses.”
-Marty Jones, Vitriol Inc.
“If you’ve got 10 minutes and want to have the foulness of your mood reinforced, the four-piece work in defiance of their regional climate to kick the shit out of your ears for a while. Sure enough, it’ll make your sunny day dark.”
-JJ Koczan, The Obelisk
Whilst storytelling has been – and remains – at the core of all that HUNTSMEN is, they continue to dissolve the boundaries between metal and the more traditional modes of folk and country. Released March 13, 2020 to critical acclaim, their latest album ‘Mandala of Fear’ marries melody and progressive elements to create an undulating foundation to layer its dystopian missive on atop.
In a world where everything travelled at the speed of sludge, Brume were united by a love of the riff in San Francisco at the beginning of 2014. Jamie McCathie (guitar) moved to California, leaving his UK sludge band Gurt in London but knew as soon as he met Susie McMullan (vox/bass) they’d make music. Instantly bonding over bands like Sleep, Windhand and The Melvins the two got to writing. Arising from the fog came Jordan Perkins-Lewis (Drums), who’s unique ‘Mr Bungle’esque inspiration rounded out the songs, taking each idea and creating something beyond heavy. The trio headed into Sharkbite studios in Oakland (Sleep, High on Fire, Acid King) to create there first record at the end of 2014, combing fuzz soaked stoner metal, haunting ritualistic vocals and crushing slow and low doom.
Founded November 2011 after a meeting at a Hank III show.
Initial line-up was Zach Newton on vocals and drums, and Daniel Johnson on guitar.
Out of those jams, a decision was made to continue under the name Waft.
Beeg Newton (brother of Zach’s) joined the band on vocals, as did Ricky Tesner on bass sometime around April, 2012.
Chris Hunt joins on guitar in September, 2012, and leaves in November.
Beeg and Ricky depart at the end of 2012.
Dylan Snyder joins on guitar.
Waft plays as a 3 piece without a bass guitarist for a few months.
Adam Watson joins as bassist for a brief month-long stint in May 2013.
Zach Jeter fills in on bass for few weeks in July, 2013.
Alex Angell joins on bass and vocals in August, 2013.
Dylan leaves in February, 2014.
August 15th, 2014 sees the arrival of Adam Garrett on guitar.
Waft is now a 4 piece.
Of Wolves are masters of overt catharsis. On Balance, their long-awaited sophomore full length, this caustic crew delivers a devastatingly intense blend of crusty punk, sludge, post-hardcore, gritty stoner doom, and enough noise rock experimentation to keep the listener perpetually on their toes. Their raw approach demonstrates an omnivorous application of genre, and every sound contained herein is employed as a vehicle for release. Nominally for fans of Melvins, High on Fire, Unsane, 16, and Gojira, Balance will, frankly, sit quite well with any fan of extreme music who needs a soundtrack to facilitate the release of their pent-up frustration and rage.
“Reddened blades and broken shields; shattered limbs and headless foes.”
Thorr-Axe was formed to give praise to conflict and conquest; to revel in victory and remember the fallen. Since 2007, Thorr-Axe has been an immutable force of nature in heavy music, blending sludge, black metal, and traditional heavy metal to forge something to be reckoned with. 2011 saw the release of their debut album, Wall Of Spears, engineered by Bob Fouts (The Gates Of Slumber, Apostle Of Solitude). In 2015, Thorr-Axe release Gates Of Winter, a heroic concept album in the vein of the Icelandic Sagas in its scope. Teaming up with Archarus in 2017, the two bands joined forces to release “The Hobbit Split”, telling the narrative of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless masterpiece in their own respective ways.
Praise for “Gates Of Winter”:
“…an early contender for best of 2015 and shows that blackened doom metal, as an art form, has a lot left to say. These are tracks that are going to rip your face off and leave your body torn apart, a twisted husk of its former self.” -Two Guys Metal Reviews
“There’s an icy grimness in the atmosphere, a freezing river that courses through the songs. The band blends together the vibrating tremolo-picked motifs of black metal with the heavy, stalking riffs of doom and the bleak rumble of sludge — and the melodies are much more sombre and serious than beer-soaked and rollicking.” -No Clean Singing
“The title track lumbers with frozen limbs like Jack Torrance in The Shining, with a similar spine-tingling animal roar to back it up…” -Ninehertz