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Arguably some of that is drone or post metal or whatever, but it's all both crushing and epic.
I forgot to add: "Do not simply regurgitate a bunch of bands in a long, unsubstantiated list; bands who aren't even that similar to each other let alone to the description."
I would appreciate actually hearing a little personal blurb about the bands you feel so strongly about. For a start, things like Isis, Overmars, Asunder, Cult of Luna are what I'd like to hear - bands that flit between massive heaviness and delay-drenched atmospherics. Particularly if there's actually some decent musicianship going on. Bonus points for including unusual instruments - string sections and the like.
It has absolutely everything you listed there. With the crushing bits and quiet bits with amazing subtlety. I think I read that they were classically trained musicians somewhere but that may be lies. And it makes Isis sound like a school band playing Linkin Park covers in the music room at lunchtime. But I do think Isis are lame. Here's a boring paragraph I wrote about it
NB Make sure you aren't in the car listening to it for the first time because when the first heavy bit comes in you might crash.
Nice. I'll get on that when I get home later.
Come to think, bands that sound more or less identical to Kayo Dot/Maudlin of the Well is what I'd appreciate hearing more of as well.
They are playing in London this summer. You should come.
For stuff like Isis and Cult Of Luna, Neurosis are most definitely the one to check out, if you haven't already, as they're pretty much the founders of 'post-metal'. Their sound combines huge sludgy riffs, apocalyptic folk, buzzing electronics and pounding tribal drums. 'Through Silver in Blood' and 'A Sun That Never Sets' are my favourite albums of theirs, although everything I've heard is good.
Manatees are another band that draws pretty heavily from the Neurosis template, although they're a little darker, noisier and rough edged than Isis or Cult Of Luna. They released 'Icarus, The Sky Climber' earlier this year, and it's pretty great.
Ahab and Corrupted are both 'Funeral Doom' bands, and while they're a little different to the above they definitely offer the contrast between atmospherics and vast, crushing heaviness. Ahab are German, and as the name suggests heavily influenced by Moby Dick. Their album 'The Call Of The Wretched Sea' is on spotify if you want to check them out.
Corrupted are Japanese, and all their stuff seems to be pretty much out of print, although it's easy enough to find it on blogs. Their album 'El Mundo Frio' consists of a single 71 minute track, and has lengthy atmospheric passages featuring a harp, as well as huge, bleak doom riffs. They're coming to the UK for the first time to play Supersonic this Summer, so hopefully their stuff will be re-issued.
Of the rest of the list, Boris have a few Isis like moments, but as they get quite a lot of interest on here I guess you're probably already familiar with them. 'At Last: Feedbacker' is essentially one ginat 45 minute build up from atmospheric stuff to huge riffs and then collpasing into droney noise. 'Pink' and 'Smile' have bits that sound like what you're looking for too.
I'd also add Bossk to list; they split up having only released two eps (or an ep and a mini-album), but all 4 of their tracks are excellent. They were arguably following a pretty standard post-rock/metal template, but they did it really well.
secondlayer.co.uk get a fair bit in from time to time. Or http://aquariusrecords.org/
Seems like mostly cds though
Although $28 for El Mundo Frio before adding postage from America is a little steep. Hopefully they'll have some stuff for sale at Supersonic.
If you see that dude from Supersonic 2008 wearing an entire Corrupted outfit with coat and hat say hello from me!
It would be nice to see what they look like as actual t-shirts, but still I'm anticipating spending a serious amount of money on merch at Supersonic.
And there are Corrupted coats and hats?
I think he may have made the coat himself :(
Suitably crushing, with a touch of doom I feel: http://www.myspace.com/blacksheepwallmusic
Think they've split up though. :(
The intro to Nihility = Exactly what I'm talking about. That they've split already is well gay.
I note from their page that they played once with Intronaut. Intronaut are well slick and you should check them out if you haven't already.
Check that: All of Nihility = Exactly what I'm talking about. Possibly with more cellos.
but i'd recommend that new 2cd box set from crippled black phoenix - it's pretty epic. also, a whisper in the noise's last album is excellent too.
I'm still trying to decide whether when I say 'epic' what I actually mean is 'cellos'. But noted, nonetheless...
from the south west of france.
Atmosphere droney doom. Their 'singer' is a young french lady but you wouldn't know it...
I don't know what happened to this band- they only seemed to have released one e.p on Hydrahead but I may be wrong. They're not too dissimilar to Jesu- skull-crushingly heavy but beautiful and celestial. They're a very special band, it's just a shame you don't hear much about them anymore.
Electric Wizard: I'm sure every doom fan has heard this band just because dopethrone is basically one of the most doomy albums EVER.
Warhorse: Much like Electric Wizard in sound but they had a bit more that stoner rock psychedelia.
Gothic - PARADISE LOST
The Silent Enigma - ANATHEMA
Turn Loose The Swans - MY DYING BRIDE
Plus, I'll chuck in Rise Above's new sludge funeral megastars Moss (particularly last years none more turgid debut LP Sub Templar) and Canadian flute-doom psycsters Blood Ceremony.
And lest we forget the best pure doom album of all time - II: Crush The Insects by Reverend Bizarre.
In summary, forget all that trendy indie post-rock nonsense like Isis.
They've been around for awhile.
but Evoken's 'A Caress Of The Void' is one of the finest examples of funeral doom I've heard and is crushing in all the right ways, with added keyboard for that additional epic touch.
seconding Moss especially Cthonic Rites which sounds less like a doom record than some form of pagan ritual being conducted over huge walls of dense feedback.
Pretty much anything by Esoteric, who tread similar lines to Esoteric in that they play impossibly slow Funeral Doom except the keyboards give it an almost uplifting touch at points.
Arachnotaur, who play slow burning Doom Metal with a slightly more Drone/Sludge influence, or at least they did, since they don't seem to be doing much at the moment their album 'Slow Pertinacious Threnody on the Abnegation of Succour' is well worth a listen though.
The Mevins - LYSOL or Bullhead (heavily influenced Sunn O))) and Boris)
Boris - Dronevil or Feedbacker
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer
Earth - Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars (Vocal appearance by Kurt Cobain)
Now these you may have already heard as all are classic doom album, so for some unexpected treatures try;
Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions (Doom with a Viennese women's choir, horns harps and many more)
Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade (main guy is an organic farmer!!!!)
Teeth of the Lions Rule The Divine - Rampton (Doom supergroup with ex napalm death singer lee dorian!!!!)
Khanate - Things Viral (vocals that are genuinely disturbing)
Also...Owning rise above records!
I'm not much for the more traditional side of Doom, but RB are amazing. I Love how they temper the crushing doom passages with stretches of ass-shaking rock and roll. Plus the vocals are incredible. 'Fucking Wizard' is, in my humble opinion, one of the finest doom tracks of all time.
Now I've got that off my chest, I'll list my personal recommendations:
Omega Massif - German instrumenalists who deal primarily in crushingly atmospheric doom. If you ever wondered what CoL would sound like without the throat-shredding this is for you.
Giant Squid - First LP is not so hot, but their newbie 'The Ichthyologist' is without doubt one of the most underrated records of the year. They use a lot of eccentric instrumentation - cello, banjo, etc - to season their heady brew of post-doom/metal.
YOB - Another criminally ignored doom act, who ply a crushing mixture of trad. doom, blissed-out stoner groove and hypnotic drone. 'Illusion of Motion' is available on Spotify and is well worth wrapping you ears around.
Couple more from my doom archives!
Bongzilla - heavy grooves, great guitar sound, iron monkey style vocals! http://www.last.fm/music/Bongzilla/+videos/+1-Wq7vkxH0qWk
Sons of Otis - drawn out jams, amazing bass. Not quite crushing but certain trippy in the vein of Acid King: http://www.last.fm/music/Sons+of+Otis/+videos/+1-x3UIODFFauc
Grief - heavy, slow but one of my favourite doom bands from when I was 16: http://www.last.fm/music/Grief/+videos/+1-QiOzQJkbflc
are pretty full on harsh and doomy - Coma Waering and Weighing Souls with Sand are the only CDs of theirs I have. It was a husband and wife duo (i think) but the guy killed himself (I believe) after an accident damaged his hand and left him unable to play any more. Real shame but he did leave behind him at least two fantastic albums that any doom/drone fan should have.
The Silent Enigma - ANATHEMA is probably the most morbid, crushing, slow, doom-esk soundscape album ever. It's also absolutely ducking awesome.
ducking wouldn't make sense. Ducks aren't very doom or epic.
an hour long of japanese doom. Veers between heavy growling sludge and harsh vocals, to ghostly feedback and spooky harps. And someone's already mentioned it. Go on, git.
cause i'd put that up on the list...just turn it the heck up...my copy is really quiet for some reason :(
other than that...everything has been covered really.
however, i find Fuck Buttons tick the crushing box...they may not be massively guitary or grimmer than thou, but the album is so dense it feels like its peeling the skin from the inside of your head at times...
also, "Altar", the Sunn O)))/Boris collaboration is insanely good. the last song "Blood Swamp" makes my tummy do that woosh thing.
I have hog chilli burritos. I've heard that song and i'm going to stick w/the burritos for my tummy wooshing needs
Zozobra and Old Man Gloom.