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Ancestral Legacy - Terminal (Whispering Voice)
I was a little scared off by the metalcore-ish album cover, but I took a chance and this Norwegian quintet delivered. It's a bit hard to categorize this band, but they combine doom atmosphere with melodic death guitars and vocals and they add some gothic female vocals on top of it all. They're kind of like a mix between Lacuna Coil and the older Nightwish stuff, but much more metal.
Electric Wizard - Time To Die (Spinefarm)
The English kings of doom return with their 8th album. This one continues along the trend of the more recenet releases, which is great news for me. The vocals are up in the mix, the ambience is creepy as always and the riffs are absolutely devastating. It will take a while before I can properly rank this release among the rest of EW's catalog, but I always expect nothing short of excellence from this band and they delivered once again.
Sempiternal Dusk - Sempiternal Dusk (Dark Descent)
I can't decide if this a Doom band playng Death Metal or the other way around, but either way it's pretty damn cool. The Portland trio starts off their debut album with a crushing doom riff that you wish you wrote and then the tempo picks up a bit. The songs are mostly over the 8 minute mark, the vocals are extremely guttural and the production is a bit raw, but it's a solid listen and one of the heaviest albums to come out of Portland in a while.
Temple of Void - Of Terror and the Supernatural (Rain Without End)
This week brings us another fantastic Doom/ Death release, this time coming out of Detroit. The Motor City quintet unleashes a furious assault on their debut album with skull crushing riffs and vocals that harken back to Still Life-era Opeth. I would put this one firmly in the Death Metal camp, but the traces of doom are noticeable throughout the album, mainly in those ridiculously heavy riffs.