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Simple, stylish, confident, accomplished… Excruciation's latest album doesn’t just look good, it sounds great too.
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Crushing Trad/Epic Doom Metal with influences like Saint Vitus, Pagan Altar and Candlemass. Slow, intricately evil music, dripping with heaviness....
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Times are tough for underground websites. (2014-03-12)
From where we're sitting, times look tough for the underground Metal scene. The music's still out there, but we're clearly not the only site that's struggling to find people to keep up with new releases, never mind having time to devote to classics that deserve revisiting. Is it simply something that's had its time, and is just slowly withering into obscurity as the last of the dedicated sites and forums and blogs fade away?

We hope not. It's a proud heritage, filled with defiantly independent spirits who form the bands, run the labels and publicise the scene. But it needs an active fanbase to nourish those things, to take an interest and participate in keeping them alive, to create some sense of community rather than lone voices howling in the wilderness.

That is why we are appealing, again, for anyone with time and talent to help. If you like Doom, and want to talk about it; if you want to support music that you love, then contact us to get involved. Not for material reward - there's little of that, to be honest - but for the satisfaction of being a part of this scene: to promote your chosen music, to discover more about it, even to make contacts and friends amongst the bands and labels - that's what being a reviewer or interviewer is really about. And if you don't feel able to write formally, why not join in on the forum instead? Share your thoughts and comments with us, ask questions or start discussions. It doesn't take much to build up a thriving group with common interests, just a little effort to get involved, stand up and be counted as a fan.

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2014-08-26 : New Orange Goblin album announced
'Back From The Abyss' gets an early October US launch date.
2014-08-26 : Fundraiser appeal for Small Stone Records
After heavy floods badly damaged Scott Hamilton's home and office, donations are being sought.
2014-08-25 : New album from Endname
'Demetra' released through Solitude's Slow Burn sub-label.
2014-08-25 : Debut album from Sorxe due
'Surrounded By Shadows' to be released September 2nd.
2014-08-24 : New Katatonia release
Multi-disc live package is due in September.
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MMXIV (Demo)
    Keeper offer a fiercely strong debut of heavy, doomy Sludge with some Post-Rock tendencies.
 cdimgViolet Alchemy Of Melancholy
    Plague Upon the Living would prefer not to go gently into that good night, especially since it's full of Lovecraftian horrors.

We Shall Live (EP)
    Female-fronted Occult Stoner Doom done the way it should be, by Finland's Mansion.
 cdimgZa nebokray mriy (Demo)
    A very professional demo from Ukrainian solo Death/Doom project Kvity Znedolenykh Berehiv.
    Thanks to Doom:VS, fans of Saturnus get a new album much sooner than expected. Nobody needs it, but many will enjoy it.
 cdimgSons of Gaïa (Demo)
    Dartropia's demo is a promising one, held back only by a clearly non-existent budget.
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2014-08-25 : Keeper (Sludge/Doom)
2014-08-25 : Gévaudan (Stoner/Doom)
2014-08-25 : Dysphorian Breed (Death/Doom)
2014-08-24 : Whispering Shadows (Funeral Doom)
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2014-08-25 : Interview with Whispering Shadows
Quick introductory interview.
2014-08-25 : Interview with Dysphorian Breed
Quick introductory interview.
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