NehruvianDOOM – Self-Titled

DOOM and Bishop Nehru drop a collaborative album that’s disappointingly short on stand-out material and chemistry.

Earth – Primitive and Deadly

With some additional vocals from Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi, Earth embarks on another gloomy, psychedelic, guitar-led journey.

Stream Earth’s Primitive and Deadly

One of my favorite metal bands ever has seen fit to put its latest full-length album up on Bandcamp for all to hear and purchase. YES! AMAZING! GREAT! WOW! FANTASTIC! YES! YES! YES!

The music is right there, so I’ll just allow this gloomy, psychedelic monster speak for itself. If this album grips you, make sure to head back into Earth’s discography and check out releases like Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull, Hex, and Earth 2. Enjoy!

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer’s latest full-length draw out a lot of the same sounds and themes that played through the band’s debut album.

NehruvianDOOM – “OM”

For months, there’s been talk of an full-length collab between DOOM and Bishop Nehru, and we’re getting the first taste of it with the song embedded above, “OM.”

DOOM is a seasoned underground vet that’s known for his eccentric rhymes, classic output, and ominous mask. However, Nehru is a relative unknown in the hip hop world. The young New York MC hasn’t dropped many projects thus far, but DOOM has obviously heard some serious potential in Nehru–enough to risk collaborating on a project of this magnitude, anyway.

I think I’m hearing what DOOM’s hearing as well. Nehru comes off confident and charismatic on “OM,” and he’s got flow and some clever rhymes, too. Even though he doesn’t have the most distinctive voice in the game, I’ll chalk it up to being young for now, and excitedly wait for him to come into his own.

Favorite line: “Am I being idolized, or am I a pair of idol eyes?”

Take Over and Destroy – “Deep End” (Premiere)

Previously enjoyed Take Over And Destroy, a.k.a. TOAD, have a new album on the way titled Vacant Face. Considering I love loud, rowdy, melodic sludge metal, I am looking forward to the release of this new record.

The band has seen fit to allow yours truly to premiere one of the tracks on this new album, and I even got to pick it. “Deep End” was my choice. The track’s heavy floor toms and harmonized guitar melodies really caught my ear. The band even manages to work in some cleanly sung vocals toward the middle of the track. Yeah, they’re a little campy, but they get the job done.

An altogether solid track from TOAD, and a reason to look forward to Vacant Face. From what I understand, there’s no solid release date on this new album yet, but I’ll get it to you as soon as the band tells me. Enjoy!

USA Out of Vietnam – “Tonight, the Dead Walk”

Right around the start of this year, I wrote a little something about Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest album from Montreal experimental rock outfit USA out of Vietnam. So, the project has been out there for a while now, but I’m bringing it up again because it is receiving a formal release just this week via New Damage Records. I still find the band’s combination of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop elements to be utterly enchanting, so take this as a gentle reminder to check this thing out. Above, the droning psychedelic doom-pop magic of closer “Tonight, the Dead Walk.” Enjoy!

Vallenfyre – Splinters

The UK’s Vallenfyre brings together a slew of different death metal styles on this sophomore record of theirs, and feeds them through some incredibly heavy, pummeling production.

Bongripper – “Endless”

Chicago doom metal outfit Bongripper has a new album on the way titled–wait for it–Miserable. Yes, Miserable. I don’t think I’ve ever been excited for misery, but there’s a first for everything. You can pre-order the album here.

On this track from the new album, Bongripper is sounding monstrously heavy, slow, and ambitious, too. They manage to string this particular song out for 17 minutes, which isn’t too surprising considering the expansive song lengths on the band’s last record, Satan Worshipping Doom. Enjoy!

Plaguewielder – Self-Titled EP

Really digging the heavy riffs, primal drums, freakish vocals, and dismal guitar leads on this new Plaguewielder EP, which you can stream via the widget above. These guys clearly aren’t working with the best production in the world, but they seem to be doing a lot with a little. The tortured atmosphere on the 12-minute opening track here caught me right away, and I hope the same happens to you. Enjoy!