May 09

Band of the Month: The Black Monolith

The Black Monolith (photo 2)

The brainchild of ex-Bhelliom guitarist Damien Ng, The Black Monolith is his old school rock ‘n’ roll project. What started off as a solo project has now become a full-fledged band, and the results speak for itself with the band’s debut, self-titled album (which was released on 1 April, and will be launched at their album release party this coming 23rd May). We catch up with the band to find out more about the dynamics behind the writing of The Black Monolith, as well as some history behind the band.

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Jun 28

Albatross – Fear from the Skies

Albatross - Fear from the Skies

Albatross [India]
Fear from the Skies
2015
Full Length
Transcending Obscurity
Heavy Metal

I’ve been following Indian heavy metal band Albatross since their very first release back in 2010, the Dinner is You EP, and right from the start, the band has established their love for story-telling through their music, often sending chills down the listener’s spine. The highlight of the band’s career up to last year though was the 2012 split with Vestal Claret, which became one of my favourite releases of the year. The band finally releases their debut full length album 7 years into their career this year, Fear from the Skies.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Jun 27

Prehistoric Pigs – Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs - Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs [Italy]
Everything is Good
2015
Full Length
The Smoking Goat Records
Stoner Metal

I remember the year that I first discovered the blooming stoner/doom metal scene in Italy, with Prehistoric Pigs being one of the first that I listened to before chancing upon their compatriots such as King BongThrone and more. Wormhole Generator left a deep impression on me with the band’s relentless, crushing style of instrumental stoner/doom metal, and when I finally received the band’s follow up, this year’s Everything is Good in my inbox, I was excited and ready for more suffocating stoner instrumental doom.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Jun 21

Cockpit – Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind Got Sun)

Cockpit - Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind Got Sun)

Cockpit [Singapore]
Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind got Sun)
2015
Full Length
Independent
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Cockpit was and is still one of the most entertaining local live acts that I’ve ever seen, most recently last week at the launch of their debut full length album, cheekily titled Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind got Sun). As the chosen Prophets by the Gods of Heavy Metal, and their energetic and charismatic live shows, it leaves one to wonder if this foursome can manage to capture their charm on this studio release.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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May 17

Outre – Ghost Chants

Outre - Ghost Chants

Outre [Poland]
Ghost Chants
2015
Full Length
Godz ov War Productions/Third Eye Temple
Black Metal

Polish black metal merchants Outre has already proven their worth on their 2013 releases, Tranquility EP and their split with Thaw. Yet it is this year’s debut full length Ghost Chants that the band finally unleashes the full extent of their wrath upon fans of black metal, with 7 ritualistic, trance-inducing chapters to their opus.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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May 13

George Kollias – Invictus

George Kollias - Invictus

George Kollias [Greece]
Invictus
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Death Metal

With his reputation as the drummer for such acts as Nile, it is hard to shake off that association even when it comes to George Kollias‘ solo band. This year sees the release of his debut, solo full length album, Invictus and on top of handling the drums, George Kollias proves his ability as a versatile musician through handling all instruments and vocals on Invictus as well, giving fans of his works even more reason to accord him the highest levels of respect.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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