Conan are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. A three piece, in the grand tradition of many amazing fabulous three pieces that hold a tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised chord changes and tempo-shifts of the holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan. They bear it well, for the task is immense.
Way back, in 2006, Conan formed as a two piece. The years dragged by, fellow warriors came and went, and now they are three – Jon Davis on guitar and vocals, Phil Coumbe on bass and vocals and Paul O’Neil on drums. Collectively their plans are clear: they seek nothing less than the crushing of a million skulls.
They have committed their filthy, ocean-sized sound to wax (and the slightly less cvlt compact disc) 6 times thus far.
First came the hulking mass of debut album Horseback Battle Hammer (Throne, Aurora Borealis), followed by a split with like-minded sludge-lords, Slomatics (Head of Crom, Burning World). After releasing their second full length “Monnos” , a “Live At Roadburn” album as well as a split with US Psychedelic Doom Titans Bongripper was unleashed on the public.
2014 will see the release of “Blood Eagle”.
Recorded at SkyHammer Studio, by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial) and mastered by James Plotkin, it´s one of Doom Metal´s most anticipated Albums this year.
Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of split blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering- a blasphemy to nature. Hail Conan!
Like their forefathers in Sleep, Electric Wizard, Bongzilla, and Weedeater, Poland’s Belzebong summon fuzzy down-tuned instrumental stoner metal with a throbbing groove and a guitar tone that is the audial equivalent of THC.
The production work on “Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves” is not only spectacular. It’s fucking HUGE. Toss in a bit of feedback, a peppering of psychedelic riffery, and a couple of cult movie samples to break up the lack of vocals, and you have one of the best new weed-addled bands out there.
Hailing from Hamburg, The Moth is a young three-piece who started in late 2012. They didn’t take long to record their first album and have already garnered plenty of praise for their approach to psychedelic sludge metal.
“It is hard to believe there are only three people in this band as it feels like double that amount. Riffs come flying at you at every corner and the vocals add layers of tension and excitement unlike anything you have heard this year.” The Sludgelord
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