Featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, THE SKULL creates classic Sabbathian doom with a psych-tinged metal vision. The respected group’s sophomore full-length, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’, benefits greatly from the pedigree and experience of the band’s members and pushes authentic, old-school metal to heavier and more foreboding places, fueled by burly riffing, metallic groove and a crushing punch. Ethereal and wonderfully moody with a heart of heavy metal beating at its center, the record delivers definitive doom metal full of powerful builds and mesmerizing dynamic range. More than a mere throwback, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’ is the work of a band that respects their fans, understands their own history, and still has their ears open to the current doom metal landscape. A wicked exercise in heavy metal majesty, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’plays like a natural extension of the musician’s exemplary work during their 20-plus years with Trouble and cements The Skull as modern-day doom metal royalty.
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
In a world where having a doom band is the “in thing to do”, Huntsmen separate themselves by adding some really deep atmospheric prog and blues touches to their tracks. Their newest release “The Colonel” is as punishing as it is serene. I see a really bright future for these cats. – Doc Metal from The Doc Metal Show with the Real Munson, August 2016
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.
Hailing from Chicago, the fully awakened beast that is Of Wolves is a raw and heavy blend of Punk & Metal from Stoner Sludge to Hardcore & Post Punk. This unique three piece focuses on releasing energy through music as therapy and feel like a force of evolution for mankind through their music, topics and imagery. Their viciously savage vocal driven approach and instrumentation seem to transmit sonic vibrations directly to the core of their fans to shock them out of their trance-like state of social programming & control. This intensity paired with a lack of any usual musical boundaries gives them a unique freedom that limits many bands. Because they have not allowed themselves to be caged or boxed into one sound, genre or style these freedoms become a liberating force that allow them to go where their rage and emotions take them as a band without compromise. A therapeutic release comes straight through the songs with a rare straight forward approach of brutal force and raw intensity. While the music is directly in touch with the world with subject matter many of us are also feeling. Subjects that are direct relationship to a working class life. Everyday stress, disillusion & greed, corruption, injustice. A deep seeded frustration with the current issues of our world, jobs, governments, economies, politics & religion. The jaring release the music provides to the band and their fans appears unforgiving as it destroys walls and clears pathways into the lifelong barrage of programming. The uniqueness of this band will be a refreshing change and an addictive new musical fix for all those who witness their fierce and straight forward approach and want something new and different…. a slap in the face, a wake up call to the masses. And its a good thing as it seems as though if these guys were not letting out all their anger and frustrations through their music, they’d probably be in jail or on the news. But they say they are just regular guys sick of the fixed game they are stuck in. You be the judge.
“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