Shape of Despair

Record(s) o’ the Month – June 2015

Record(s) o’ the Month – June 2015

“Summer is a time when thoughts inevitably turn to love, sun worshipping, cold beers and good friends. Maybe that’s why the AMG staff was so egregiously delinquent with their Record(s) o’ the Month selections for June. More likely it’s because they’re all a bunch of slack-jawed yokels with the work ethic of a entitled Siamese cat.” The summer is here but the AMG staff is not, so forgive the lateness of this lot.

Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields Review

Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields Review

If sitting alone in a darkened room, lighting a few candles, uncorking a good claret, and settling in for an uninterrupted hour of beauteous funeral doom sounds like your idea of a fun night in, you’re probably already a fan of Shape of Despair. Discovering that they were finally releasing a new LP after eleven years of waiting left me pert with anticipation.” Slow and low, that is the tempo.

Heavydeath – Eternal Sleepwalker Review

Heavydeath – Eternal Sleepwalker Review

“Today’s metal underground is more complex than ever. The Internet has opened up every time period and obscure scene for both exploration and exploitation, resulting in genres and subgenres spliced apart, hybridized, fused with non-metal elements, and shat out in an accelerating vortex of name-your-price Bandcamp zip files and ostensibly enthusiastic blog posts that seem to proclaim every half-assed side project as the best thing since Black Sabbath.” Why, we’d never!

Omit – Medusa Truth, Part 1 Review

Omit – Medusa Truth, Part 1 Review

“If a masterwork of a doom metal album is made but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Let’s go with yes, and allow me to prove it with Omit‘s Repose. Horrible jokes aside, it was undeniably one of 2011’s most overlooked doom metal albums, an ambitious double album of orchestral, female-fronted doom metal mastery that nearly nobody listened to. Though their 2014 return is largely uncelebrated, allow me to tell you why you should change that.” Noctus found something obscure and wants to share it with you. We’re all about caring and sharing at AMG.

Domovoyd – Oh, Sensibility Review

Domovoyd – Oh, Sensibility Review

“Finland has a dark legacy within the subterranean world of doom metal. Browsing the Encyclopaedia Metallum’s list of Finnish bands reveals the likes of funeral doom pioneers Thergothon and Skepticism, as well as other underground stalwarts of the genre such as Wormphlegm, Shape of Despair and Stabat Mater, to name a few. Indeed, the Finns do not fuck around with their doom – perversion, depression, sadism and Lovecraftian horror is the name of the game. Even the more traditionally oriented Reverend Bizarre was similarly steeped in lyrical and musical despondency alongside their trademark tongue-in-cheek snarkiness. Yet, here we have relative newcomers Domovoyd. Somewhat of an anomaly within the country’s pitch-black doom metal reputation, Domovoyd is a stoner doom group that looks to the likes of Electric Wizard, Sleep and The Sweet Leaf for inspiration.” A new and exciting band and a review of same by a new and exciting writer for AMG. JF Williams is here to discuss doom, stoner rock and all things Sabbath worshipping.