Funeral Doom

Through A Speaker Rumbly interviews Graceless Recordings

September 10, 2015

An exclusive TASR interview with the two CEOs of Nashville’s Graceless Recordings on their six new tape releases, plus their thoughts on some other tapes currently vying for your hard-earned dinero.

Skepticism

September 8, 2015

Ordeal
Alone Again
dB Rating: 9/10

Shape of Despair

August 24, 2015

Monotony Fields
Killing-it Fields
dB Rating: 9/10

STREAMING: Skepticism “You”

August 14, 2015

It should come as no surprise that the new Skepticism album, Ordeal, is a monolithic slab of incredible. The group’s status purveyors of the ultra-slow motion (aka funeral doom) isn’t for everybody—even the mustached, carabiner-on-belt-loop crowd—but that doesn’t matter. The magic of stomach-churnin’ heaviness, death rite fervor, and mind-numbing repetition is best when observed, commented on, absorbed, and enjoyed by the few.

Exclusive: Ahab’s “The Isle” + Studio Recording Video

August 13, 2015

Disciples of the deep, rejoice: German funeral doom legends Ahab are mere weeks away from dropping their fourth LP, the monstrous and expansive The Boats of the Glen Carrig. Based on William Hope Hodgson’s 1907 horror novel of the same name, it’s another impressive collection of face-compressing riffs, churning psychedelia and hymns to all that dwells beneath the waves.

STREAMING: Shape of Despair “Monotony Fields”

April 21, 2015

“‘Monotony Fields’, is a song which reflects the album and its atmosphere the most for us. Slow trip into the mind of desperation,” says Shape of Despair in a band-released statement.

Click to read more and stream the premier of “Monotony Fields.”

Michael Klassen from Culted on long-distance relationships and reaching for a state of grace in extreme music

February 21, 2014

Michael Klassen has never met Daniel Jansson. OK, you’re thinking, why should he? But given that Jansson is the singer in his band, it is kind of weird. Well, unconventional certainly. Klassen plays guitar, bass and provides other instrumentation in Culted, working out of Winnipeg, Canada, with Kevin Stevenson (Drums), Matthew Freisson (guitar/bass/other) and Erik…

INTERVIEW: Jackson Heath of Lycus

November 4, 2013

Lycus’ debut was one of the best doom albums to leak long-form misery over 2013. A disconsolate epic, Tempest is an album that was thrown up around the desolate heart of a funeral doom sound so dense that it has its own bleak gravity hauling influences from black and death metal, drone and krautrock into…