In Solitude – “A Buried Sun”

Last month, Swedish metal outfit In Solitude put out its third studio album Sister, its most adventurous effort thus far. Case in point: The LP’s third track, “A Buried Sun;” a seven-minute-long piece of that exhibits band’s classic metal throwback sound, but with a welcome infusion of goth rock elements. Some of Hornper’s vocals actually smack of Michael Gira, and the song closes with almost a minute of solely vibraphone. With these elements alongside the classic metal riffs and twangy solos, In Solitude’s got an interesting thing going on. Stream it above and rock out!

Sister is out now via Metal Blade Records.

Moss – “Horrible Nights”

British doom metal band Moss is gearing up to release their third full-length studio record. Titled Horrible Night, the LP will include this (sort of) title track, “Horrible Nights,” which you can stream above. Look for the album on March 25 in the U.K. and April 2 in North America by way of Metal Blade Records.

“Horrible Nights” has all the ingredients that make up a solid doom song: guitar that supplies a thick low end, a lurching tempo, and a long run-time–the latter isn’t a necessary staple, though. Spanning eleven minutes, the track explores each of these components, delegating vocalist Olly Pearson to lead with a style that ranges from mid-range clean singing to atmospheric screams. At the very least, it seems that “Horrible Nights” will be an appropriate opening statement for Horrible Night.

Goatwhore- “When Steel and Bone Meet”

Another track drops from the new Goatwhore album, which came out this week on Metal Blade Records.

“When Steel and Bone Meet” has some strong thrash riffage, and vocals that cut like the steel mentioned in the song’s title. While it doesn’t contain a whole lot of detail or finesse, Goatwhore has the necessary energy and production to make aggression for aggression’s sake pretty entertaining.

Pilgrim- “Astaroth”

Set for a 2012 release on Metal Blade Records, here’s a track from the forthcoming debut album of Pilgrim, Misery Wizard. Though “Astaroth” showcases the riffage and heaviness you’d expect from just about any doom metal tune, the band does a great job of layering some murky harmonies into their guitars. The dreary group vocals that pop up in the middle of the track are a nice touch as well.

Ghost- “Ritual” ‡ STREAM

Last year, the Swedish band Ghost saw their full-length debut, Opus Eponymous, drop on the UK’s Rise Above Records. The LP even got some pretty high accolades on Rate Your Music, making it all the way to number twenty-two on their best albums of 2010 list.

Maybe the band’s dedication to a classic heavy metal sound is what makes them so attractive, but it could also be their eccentric live shows. Either way, the buzz seems to have spread across the pond, because Metal Blade Records will be giving Opus a US release on 1/18. Stream the track “Ritual” below:

Stream: Ghost- Ritual

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