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Entombed A.D. - Back To the Front (Century Media)
New name for the progenitors of the death n' roll genre, but long time Entombed fans can expect the same vicious riffs and gravelly vocals that we've always enjoyed from the Swedish legends. Featuring 4 members from the previous band's line-up, this version is definitely worthy of carrying on the legacy that began with 1993's classic Wolverine Blues.
Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind (Century Media)
Right on schedule, the DeKalb, IL quintet returns with their latest effort, the seventh and final album from a band that released an album every two years since 2002. The psychedelic elements add a nice twist to the black metal genre, but when the tempo picks up and the tremolo riffing kicks in, the band is at it's finest. It will be a shame if this is truly the band's swan song.
Ommadon - V (Dry Cough)
The Scottish doom duo is back with their third album, an 88-minute affair consisting of just 4 tracks. It's a pretty dense album. leaning more towards drone than doom, but it's heavy as fuck and well worth the listen. Also, these dudes are instrumental, so there aren't any vocals getting in the way of the wall of noise. If you're looking to zone out and get your skull crushed for 88 minutes, you can't do much better than this album.
The Order Of The Solar Temple - The Order Of The Solar Temple (I, Voidhanger)
The one-man Canadian project churns out some classic proto-metal on this debut album. The 8 tracks range from Thin Lizzy-style stompers to classic 80s epic doom, with some acoustic sections thrown in for good measure. The musicianship is incredible throughout and the guy's vocal range is pretty impressive. This is probably the best bet this week for someone looking to get their guitar fix.
Panopticon - Roads To The North (Bindrune/ Nordvis)
Another one-man band, this one coming from Louisville, KY, sees the mastermind behind Panopticon cranking out his 5th full-length record. I really dig the combination of black metal and folk/bluegrass here and it doesn't feel forced at all. It just sounds like Kentucky; bleak and desolate. Where else are you going to find searing black metal giving way to a banjo solo? Only in Kentucky. Seriously, though, this is a killer album and a candidate for album of the year.
Spiral Shades - Hypnosis Sessions (RidingEasy)
This India/Norway duo wasn't even on my radar, so it was pleasant surprise to hear the killer stoner metal/doom contained on the group's debut album. If you like the mid-70s Sabbath stuff (and who doesn't?) you'll find plenty to dig here. I haven't head anything like this since the Rise Above/Man's Ruin heyday of the late 90s. The album is every bit as heavy as the psychedelic elephant on the cover and I'm excited to have a little stoner metal back in the doom scene.