Heartless- Hell is other people-CD (Southern Lord)
Crust, Power Violence and Doom is what Heartless gives us with full force and vengence. If you like bands like Man in the Bastard, His Hero is Gone, Dead and Gone and Born Against you are very close to were Heartless comes from and continues the mission of the musical beating it wants to give to the world. There is the slow dirty hardcore sound that is full through out this release. Southern Lord has found a band as pissed off as the over all presence of the label the have. Heartless vocals are so just down right pissed off you can hear the disgust in every word and note that is created by the battle drumming and the low need bass assault. The guitars are what all great Punk/Hardcore guitarist want at times they even have that Black Flag meets Meatmen vibe going on. Heartless is a project you will love or hate the second you hear it and all I can say is more more more.....
Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings-CD ( 20 Buck Spin)
If you look up Doom/Death in the Metal music encyclopedia you will see a picture of this band with projects like Thergothon, Winter, Evoken, Skepticism and Morgion. There are few band that can instill Sorrow, Dispair and Hopelessness int here music and over all tone then Mournful Congregation . The Slow tempo and epic sounds that come from this band are things of legends. Was the earth comes to its final bands this will be what it sounds like as it slowly fades out of the universe to never be seen or heard again. The Book of Kings is the playbook of what Doom/Death sounds like. Music like this cleanses ones soul with a level of magic and mystery you just havent gotten in 10 plus yrs. You can see why this band after 2 decades is still making ground breaking music. I can not wait to see them on there U.S. tour. 4 tracks all range from 12 to 30 + minutes you can not ask for more heavy guitars, organs, rumbling bass, primitive drumming and those wonderful guttural vocals. Thank you simply thank you for this album...
Morne- Asylum-CD (Profound Lore)
This is yet another amazing doom release more in the melodic Doom side of things mixed with a lot of Post Hardcore sounds. Morne reminds me of Crowbar, Neurosis and Isis all mixed with some elements of Older Anathema in a sound that is as majesty and bombastic. The vocals are very much a cross between Crowbar and Neurosis in presentation. There are delicate and somber moments that explode in to a sonic wall of droning guitars and low end bass bleeding. Again another band I would say is complex in structure and more Thinking mans metal . Its not progressive or many time changes, Just layered in a way they more then one style is going on often. I have to say this band as a strong love of albums Crowbar's "Odd Fellows Rest" and Anathema's " Silent Engima". Two albums I hold as genre defining releases. Morne is Doom through and through. Not an album to miss...
Marionette ID- Alluvion-CD (Fluttery Records)
Wow the beauty that comes from this Post Rock/ 90's Indie Rock album is not something you get a lot its as rock and it is fragile in sound. If you like bands like Sunny Day Real estate, God is an Astronaut, Hum and June of 44.. All mixed into something a bit avant and prog but never losing the indie rock sound that is driving them in to a pop element. Love the way the music ebbs and flows with guitars, piano, slightly dissonant vocals and off time drums that gives it the drifting sound that made me remember the days of Touch and Go, Merge and Discord records. Marionette ID is from eastern europe and maybe someday we would be lucky enough to get them on US shores to perform as I'm sure the passion of this music comes across live even more so. Fluttery is a growing label with a roster of some powerful artists what are getting more and more respect with each release is promoted. Check this on an be the one to say I heard this band before they were on late night tv circuit.