A busy month as always with the top three of my favourite albums for July dominated by doom. The biggest surprise was the album 'The Ultimate Dream' by Ukrainians Brilliant Coldness. I play a lot of death metal on the show but tend to be extremely picky when it comes to technical death metal, however Brilliant Coldness doesn't let technical wankery get in the way of a ferocious onslaught.
BEST OF JULY
CRYPT MONARCH ~ The Necronaut
"Invoked in mid-2020 by the members from Age of the Wolf and VoidOath, Crypt Monarch hails from San José, Costa Rica. The power trio’s self-labeled “necromantik stoner doom” style is replete with malevolent riffs in crushing intensity, groove-oozing atmosphere, and psychedelic pathways."
CALLIOPHIS ~ Liquid Darkness
The third album by the German band refines the finding of the previous full-length work, in the best way demonstrating the professionalism and ability of the musicians to combine a dense clean sound with a technically perfect performance. This is doom death metal of the highest standard, cruel and loud, but not devoid of a share of atmosphere, and, most important, individuality and unique mood.
GRIEVING ~ Songs For The Weary
"GRIEVING are following the footsteps of their forefathers, with sounds of doom accompanying them as they weave stories of devils, witches, ghouls and the endless capacity for evil in the heart of every human being. Singing songs for the weary, they grieve over this dying world"
BRILLIANT COLDNESS ~ The Ultimate Dream. Plan B: Disposal Of Humanity
"This material is something new in extreme music. Imagine Niccolò Paganini plays extreme metal that's what it's all about! We call it "Academic Death Metal". This music played at the limit of physical abilities. It's a powerful energetic flow of minds and feelings; a journey to the world of magic and wizardry of the human mind's endless abilities!"
VRYKOLAKAS ~ And Vrykolakas Brings Chaos And Destruction
"This is the 2nd version of our 3rd album. The first version was recorded back in 2010 and could not complete the vocals. 5 out of the original 9 songs from the 1st version were re-recorded here: 1. Silkhannas Falls From Grace 2. Kaf-Fa-Ra 3. Yajuj Majuj Versus The World 4. The Dajjal Brings Chaos 5. Seven Steps Above Six Under. The original version sounded really chaotic, befitting the album title but with only vocal guides recorded by Khairil. Maybe we will release that as a demo in time to come. We decided to re-record this album with 3 new songs and reset the tempo of the songs to make them heavier."
TEMPLE OF DREAD ~ Hades Unleashed
"Despite the two extremely strong previous albums, we managed to pack a few more bits on top! “Hades Unleashed” definitely contains our strongest material so far”, says Markus Bünnemeyer, guitarist of the North German Death Metallers. “The album keeps what our name promises - even if we experiment more within the genre boundaries than on the previous albums. We have written the fastest songs of our career so far and slowed down the pace significantly on some of the other songs. All in all, the listener gets a fat piece of Old-School Death Metal, seasoned with a good portion of eighties thrash."
DIABOLIZER ~ Khalkedonian Death
"Turkish torchbearers of diabolical abomination Diabolizer finally back with their debut album "Khalkedonian Death"! 8 tracks of unrelenting and savage Death Metal raids that will just leave you mouthwatering for more!
Featuring members from Engulfed, Burial Invocation, Hyperdontia, Decaying Purity."
MOURN THE LIGHT ~ Suffer, Then We're Gone
"At one moment delivering crushingly massive riffs, only to jump at the next turn, galloping along with shades of classic power metal taking hold and leading the way. All the while focused on incredibly memorable songs, with catchy hooks and singalong choruses."
FELL HARVEST ~ Pale Light In a Dying World
"Compared to its predecessor, it has more progressive elements while maintaining the straightforward doom and death metal tropes, and lyrical concepts. It is recommended for fans of Paradise Lost, Opeth, and My Dying Bride."
CAVERN DEEP ~ Cavern Deep
"The start of the expedition.
One archaeologist and 49 men stand at the gates of a previously unknown civilization, for a moment staring down into the bowels of the mountain before they begin their decent. The journey downwards turn out to be more dangerous than expected, they climb down through whirling stairs lit only by organic fluorescent lights..
Further down the path turns more and more crumbled, eventually they must use ropes to traverse the broken bridges and tunnels over the deep chasms below. Filled by the promise of treasure they continue downwards.
Many men go missing as they’re tasked to explore diverting tunnels, they never return and their screams are followed by silence. the only thing found is their safety ropes, driven by greed the archaeologist continues the expedition."
BOTTOMLESS ~ Bottomless
"BOTTOMLESS plays nothing but unadulterated Doom Metal in the vein of the ancient masters, a slow and fervent display of Heavy Metal and dusty riffs."
VANTA ~ Zero Kelvin
"Zero Kelvin is a collection of dystopian lullabies. A journey through landscapes of disphorian metaphors. A bottle filled with the frozen water of the black sonic river."