Friday, March 30, 2007

A Trio of Doom and Decay...

There are so many different kinds of Doom and Sludge and Stoner inspired music. It can be hard wading through the muck trying to find those gems (or blackened lumps of coal, if you prefer). In an effort to ease you into a truly Doom-filled existence, I have selected these three current acts that are guaranteed to chop your head off. Each occupies a specifically torturous sound in the Doom landscape of today...

Manatees - Untitled (2007)
Manatees are a new band, one that should be highly regarded and watched. Manatees amazingly packaged untitled debut comes as little suprise considering the popularity of the Isis-Neurosis sound. What does suprise though, is how damn good these guys are pulling it off. Giving a new take on the space-rock sludge genre, they mine everything from Isis to Pink Floyd to Sunn 0))), adding tribal drumming and mantra-like vocals. These three UK lads have crafted an excellent and expansive ode to cosmic Doom. For fans of Ufomammut, Isis, Mouth of the Architect and Bongripper. Out now on MotiveSound Records
Manatees Myspace Page

Monarch! - Speak of the Sea LP + Amplifire Death March (2006)
France's Monarch! have been playing extreme funeral paced Doom for 5 years now. Their brand of Doom is excrutiatingly slow, like black tar slowly bubbling forth from a dark abyss. Monarch! sound like Sunn 0))) with caveman drumming. They are fronted by the beautiful Emilie who does not look like she would or could even produce the sounds she does. Nonetheless, it is extremely charming and very disturbing. They are currently in the middle of releasing a number of things, including but not limited too, the Die Tonight LP on Throne Records, the double CD, Dead Mean Tell No Tales on Crucial Blast and a split 7" with Moss on Lee Dorian's Rise Above Records. All of their artwork is composed of cute little skulls and burning churches in the style of Hello Kitty, who they claim to be big fans of.
Monarch's Myspace Page

Suma - Let The Churches Burn (2006)*
Suma is yet another style of Doom that is essential to any fan of the genre. Suma, from Sweden, play Doom in the Stoner/ Sludge vein but they have no problems visiting Metallica or Slayer in their Doom arena, meaning that they bring the hurtin with serious riffage that is guaranteed to beat you down. Not too different from a solid mix of Electric Wizard and Eyehategod, or even earlier Sleep (Holy Mountain). Fusing so many of the qualities that makes Doom so ferocious and combining them with other forms of metal and hardcore is Sumas strong point. If Doom is often too slow, or too abstract, that is where Suma comes in. Let The Churches Burn, Sumas second full length, was released on Speakerphone Recordings in 2006.
Suma's Site

* thanks to Soundweave for the introduction to Suma and the lifted Suma link


Blogger mr.A said... got mail dude!!!!

2:01 PM  
Blogger soundweave said...

glad you liked suma. keep up the good work!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

all three of these are so great respectively, thank you so much.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man. Great posts again. If you could mail me your email address to beyourownreason(at)
Monarch / Elysium split on your way then :)

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man! Thanx for puting us out there, spreading the word. We're doing everything by our self, and all help is greatly welcomed!
See you!
Erik, drummer in Suma

8:38 PM  
Blogger Jason Z said...

Great post!!
All three are amazing!

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that first band..dear god..has to be one of the best things i've ever heard.

12:19 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ Erik...

wow, i am delighted that you visit my blog. your band kills, and i fully support. i only put things on here that rock my socks off, so youre at the top of my heap of great bands...

9:27 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

ps. glad you liked the manatees, anon.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

That Suma is some bad ass stuff. Thanks for exposing some bands that i would never had heard. You are a king amongst men.

10:42 AM  

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