David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist on Ephel Duath’s fifth album. Producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) grounds the insanity with a vicious low-end.
Windhand is one of those body-rattling stoner-metal bands whose decibels clobber the smoke-filled air. This is especially true in a live setting, in which masses of people are drawn to the riffs like moths.
The Salt Lake City doom-metal band SubRosa isn’t out to reinvent the stone wheel, but it does offer a unique perspective by looking back to America’s melancholic folk roots for something darker and more soulful.
I don’t know how we got to this point. Maybe a bunch of dudes in Washington, D.C., with Van Halen posters on their walls and crushed Coors cans on the floor said, “Screw it. This will always be Ian MacKaye’s town. Let’s just shred.” Thus, Midnight Eye, the hybridized power-NWOBHM-progressive-thrash metal band with modded Jackson guitars (probably), a penchant for King Diamond-style wails and Evil Chuck switchbacks, plus a severely wry sense of humor. Pure shred escapism.
There’s a lot to absorb in the 100 minutes that make up Hubardo, an ambitious concept album about a meteor that falls to earth and transforms a lonely poet. Longtime fans of Kayo Dot can hear bits and pieces of the avant-metal band’s decade of sonic transgression weave in and out.