Jul 10

Band of the Month: Cockpit

Previously known under the name of The Cock Rockers, this month’s Band of the Month are known for their energetic and entertaining live shows. Cockpit first caught our ears and eyes (with that unapologetically cocky name) back in 2010 with their performance at Singapore’s alternative music festival Baybeats. 5 years on, the band finally releases their debut album, Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind Got Sun), tongue-in-cheek yet not lacking in the musicality department at all. We catch up with the band after half a decade, to find out what’s up.

Cockpit-2013

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Aug 30

Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Valdur - Pathetic Scum

Valdur [USA]
Pathetic Scum
2015
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

With all my attention focused on the stoner, doom and psychedelic genres, I have overlooked the filthy, bestial black and death metal that I used to love so much, with the new Archgoat being the only record to really catch my attention so far. That was until I caught wind of American black/death metal horde Valdur releasing their fourth full length album Pathetic Scum, two years after the triumphant release that was At War With.

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Aug 23

Behold! The Monolith – Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
2015
Full Length
Independent
Stoner/Doom Metal

Architects of the Void may be American stoner/doom metal outfit Behold! The Monolith‘s third full length release to date, yet it is only on this album that I finally encounter the band. Initially expecting a thrash record with the band’s futuristic, thrash-inspired logo (think Havok, Bonded by Blood et. al), Behold! The Monolith instead presents a crushing and heavy tone on Architects of the Void, and the band couldn’t be further from the first impression one may get from the visual aesthetics.

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Aug 15

Oblivious – Out of Wilderness

Oblivious - Out of Wilderness

Oblivious [Sweden]
Out of Wilderness
2015
Full Length
Gaphals
Hard Rock

The foray into bands that pay homage to the roots of hard rock and heavy metal have led me to discover a whole host of new bands that uphold that creed, first with bands like Black Trip then later with the more psychedelic-leaning bands like Nocturnalia. One thing has always remained constant – that the bands’ origins are from where else, but Sweden. Here we have Oblivious‘ third opus, Out of Wilderness, and with their compatriots putting out such quality work, the pressure is on for them as well.

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Jul 30

Fredag den 13:e – Domedagar

Fredag Den 13-e - Domedager

Fredag den 13:e [Sweden]
Domedagar
2015
Full Length
EveryDayHate
Crust Punk/Hardcore

As it has already become rather obvious, there has been very few extreme releases this year that has managed to catch and retain my attention for more than a few listens. Just as I was about to give up on finding potential new extreme records for the year, a friend recommends Fredag den 13:e to me, with their brand new full length, Domedagar. Describing themselves as nummerpunk/Motörhead scandicrust, one instinctively knows that one is in for one hell of a ride.

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Jul 18

FOGG – High Testament

FOGG - High Testament

FOGG [USA]
High Testament
2015
Full Length
Tee Pee Records
Psychedelic Rock/Doom/Stoner Metal

From the label that brought you bands like Sacri Monti, comes yet another psychedelic act, FOGG and their debut full length album High Testament. The psychedelic album artwork already promises a trippy affair, and the music certainly lives up to the first impressions that the band gives off.

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