Saturday, January 24, 2015

2014/2015 : a tasty round-up on French Stoner/Doom !


Just a few years ago the (kind of) scene report which follows would have been much shorter... Indeed, France has a growing scene, sure it still lacks of leaders and too many bands are suffering from the limits of their own (DIY) possibilities (for Live considerations more especially) but it is damn solid in quality and diversity. 

The list is of course non exhaustive but here's a round-up on a great part of the most interesting releases that came out of the French Stoner/Doom community in 2014; bands will be ranked in alphabetical order... if I forgot anything that you might think essential, you can still leave a comment in the dedicated section (that's its main purpose) thanx ! anyway I hope you'll discover some great stuff here and support some of the contacts linked...


A VERY OLD GHOST BEHIND THE FARM came back in early 2014 with "la came crude" (after a debut album and a split with Wheelfall), a concept album consisting in a single song of 45 minutes ! Still oscillating between blackened sludge and infectious stoner/doom, this 2nd offering marked a big step forward in terms of composition... this album is definitely a masterpiece of gloomy hideous horror !

After a promising debut EP in 2011, BARABBAS took more than 3 years to record their 1st full length "messe pour un chien"... a long process that was definitely worth the wait ! During a deadly hour and 8 songs, the band amazingly improved its punchy Trad' Doom with ominous atmospheres and a solid work on lyrics and refined harmonies... a fantastic release really !
The "sombre Novembre tour" with the magickal Goatess was an awesome blast and saw the saints gaining a lot of fans and confidence... If they come to play somewhere near your door in the future, don't miss their redeeming sabbath !!!  hopefully now some label could be interested to release this crushing masterpiece on vynil... ? meanwhile make sure to visit their bandcamp -


With "chasma hideout", BRAIN PYRAMID released a brillant album last summer... The fuzzy psyched-out Stoner trio signed with Acid Cosmonaut rds and toured France/Spain/Portugal right away... Too bad that Ronan Grall (voc in Huata but playing the role of bassist here) left shortly after because he definitely brought something special to their sound but Baptiste and Gaston will keep things fuzzing on and bring the band far for sure...

Pretty unknown (even domestically, probably because a bit isolated in the East of France -Strasbourg-), BULL TERRIER managed to put out a very interesting debut album with "be like water"... The quintet finds a great balance between southern grooves and psyched-out Stoner Rock; giving especially  an above the average place to long twirling guitar soloing, this band's pretty different from any other around.

CONVICTION is the one-man band of Amduscias - vocalist in Temple of Baal (one of our  very best black/Death metal bands),  there's a great demo on bandcamp to download for free... an interesting hommage to the good old gloomy Traditional Doom... assuredly to follow, moreover if the experimented guy finds a line-up to complete new stuff and play live -

FANGE is the new band of Ben from Huata and Baptiste from Brain Pyramid, another new proud of Roazhon (Rennes if you prefer, capital of Britanny)  hahaha ! the guys also got ideas when it comes to play some of the harshest Sludge you can think about, eyeing on noise with industrial and even old grindcore hints. "Poisse" their debut EP is sick, dig it !

FATHER MERRIN finally released their debut EP "all is well that ends in hell" and we've got here a serious combo delivering crushing Doom METAL with utter conviction and well digested influences (even if old Cathedral is never too far)... They have a massive metallic sound bathed in gloomy heaviness which takes a pretty impressive dimension on stage !



FORSAKEN PEDDLERS is THE perfect (new) band to get into if you like epic Heavy/Doom Metal, "songs of fate and freedom" is absolutely recommended for fans of Candlemass and Atlantean Kodex... a debut recording of such quality is simply rare -

JACKHAMMER from Rennes is a monster of Metallic groove in the Nola vein, very gnarly with great vocals... They're playing regularly in the western part of Frane and their 5 tracks EP is a very good introduction to their loud and kickin' sound...


MARS RED SKY 's "stranded in Arcadia" is - with no doubt and by far I guess - the french album that had the more success in the worldwide scene in 2014... This 2nd album is a little jewel where the band's unique fuzz and vocals take a new dimension. The deal with Listenable rds seems to have opened new doors to a band that lives for the LIVE and never disappoints wherever they play !!!

After a long delay, MOURNING DAWN "les sacrifiés" has finally been released in 2014 by Total Rust Rds and it really makes another proof that France is particularly at ease with blackened sounds !  the kind of great band that first suit to Black metallers, then catch doomsters attention with alternatively slow, atmospheric and tortured doomy moods... great work that hopefully should maintain a certain dynamic for composing more quickly new stuff !

PRESUMPTION's EP "from judgement to the grave" is a nice introduction to this young Doom'n roll band from Le Mans that still needs to develop its identity but in no way lacks of faith and energy, that's a name to follow for sure -

SERPENT VIEW comes from Toulon (Mediterranean coast) but their Doom has nothing exotic at all, the instrumental band crushes like rarely these days on our soil ! at times versing on impending sludge/doom, at times more atmospheric with a taste for  tribal-like percussions and pagan moods... this really needs to be discovered and hopefully will lead to more sometime this year -

If you're into punchy Heavy/Doom Metal with sharp guitars and a slight epic edge (which could remind the mighty Obrero at times), "The Godless" by STONEWITCH is a refreshing little demo that you would dream of getting from the hands of your postman... musicianship is more than pretty tight here, a great metallic bath into  the early 80's metal, that's damn good !

WITCHTHROAT SERPENT consist of long experienced musicians coming from various horizons of the (extreme) underground, if the band reckon an obvious admiration for old Electric Wizard, the guys are playing more tightly than your  average new band and perfectly got it for occult and weedy atmospheres... it looks like this band could become something quite important in the near future; find them again in the 2015 section...
    

ZOMBIE KING four Tracks EP "calling the unknown" didn't catch all the attention it deserved; this female-fronted Stoner Rock band sometimes remind me Royal Thunder, not just for the great vocals.


Now it's time for the 2nd part of this tasty round-up !!! let's get some news on what's about to come out this year from the french scene :)


ABRAHMA's 2nd album "reflections in the bowel of a bird" will be released soon on Small Stone records. No doubt, the band will be touring in Europe again to promote this new one and why not the Sates ? with this label, it seems more than possible...

AKASAVA is a promising young band from Le Havre, influenced by early Pentagram and the most obscure psychedelic/proto-Doom stuff... their first offering will be the "strange aeons" EP; watch out for them, great image and charismatic singer !

BAGARRE GENERALE / YEAR OF NO LIGHT split LP will be soon released, an interesting release with two bands who've got their own (heavy) sound, through some kind of modern Doom bordering on different (post) territories...


CHAOS ECHŒS will release their 1st full length "transient" this summer on Nuclar War Now! Productions; a perfect teaming for a band which makes everything possible to keep all your primal senses awake ! this conceptual album will be released as CD digisleeve, 2LP gatefold, digital and the usual special 2LP die hard provided by the californian label - each with a special rich and refined artwork ! bleeding, horrorful, initiatic, disturbing and experimentative... this album will surely be pushing further the extremities of doom !

CROWN has been very quiet in 2014 but a new album is planed to come out in a few motnhs, as well as touring and festivals (Summer Breeze for example !).

This month, CULT OF OCCULT recorded new songs : two covers and stuff for a split album; and they already plan to record again in April/May what will already be their 3rd album !!! in 2014 the band played alternatively in UK, Holland and Germany, sure that those Sludge satanic worshippers willll still be active here and there in Europe on the Live front too !

DENIZEN the old Stoner Rock band from Montpellier was pretty quiet over the past few years, their comeback with "troubled waters" marks the beginning of a collaboration with italian Arognauta rds... watch out for this bluesy machine !

After their successful demo released on vynil, DOCTOR DOOM will be back within a couple of months with their first full length album - still on STB rds !!!

HANGMAN'S CHAIR is certainly not our sexiest band but they're probably our most solid in terms of identity, rhythm and quality of productions... 4th album was recorded in December and will be called "THISISNOTSUPPOSEDTOBEPOSITIVE" !!!


After a nice little tour with UK's obscure duo Pombagira last spring, HUATA have been pretty quiet, having to face line-up changes... the band is now a quintet (there's a new bassist and dummer, plus Ronan left the organ to just concentrate on vocals and they now have a keyboardist) and actually works hard on composing a new album which should be definitely their doomiest... watch out for they have not finished their ascencion -

After having played several great gigs in 2014 including two dates in Russia, LOVE SEX MACHINE are actually recording their new album, expect some dirty Sludge at the corner !

MUDBATH 1st album "Corrado Zeller" will be out later this month on Lost Pilgrim rds, this band is a sludge monster and this album should be on each fan of harsh and doomy sludge wishlist ! They're actually touring Europe (Switzerland, Austria, France...) and I'm sure there will be more foreign sonic devastations this year !



Heavy-Prog-doomsters NORTHWINDS will have "eternal winter" finally released sometime this year; the follow-up to the legendary "winter" will see the band teaming again with long partners of Black Widow rds... before this,  the band will co-release a split EP with MARBLE CHARIOT, a young Trad-Doom Metal act from Bordeaux - the song "witchcoven" has been recorded "live" at home and is a pretty different take from what the band plays usually. Anyway, NORTHWINDS  is damn too rare and underrated -


After playing Roadburn last year and giving quite many gigs domestically, REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER will enter the studio in March to record their new album for Les Acteurs de l'Ombre prod; a new apocalyptic blackened sludge assault which should reveal them worldwide now...


SILVER MACHINE could be a kind of intruder on a Doom/Stoner blog but I know that many of you here can also enjoy pure Heavy Metal, right ?! this is a demo band but they have an album in the works and they're in the vein of the great old ones with twirling guitars and a good melodic singer, if your still here then this band's 2nd demo deserves quickly an attentive listen !

Toulouse's new band SOYUZ BEAR freshly released their debut demo "MMXV", a promising 3 songs debut full of filthy sludge/doom with billing vocals...


Kreizh-Breizh heroes STANGALA and STONEBIRDS are about to be back with new stuff, can't tell more about the first but "into the fog... and the filthy air" is the title of new Stonebirds album to be released this spring on Pink Tank rds, I've been lucky enough to hear it and what strikes immediately is the MASSIVE sound, definitely a great take on heavy atmopsheric Sludge...

And what if THE BOTTLE DOOM LAZY BAND would finally record a fucking new album ??? the one and only Bottle Ben told me a few weeks ago that it should be for february but it seems really hypothetical ... shit it's been such a long time that "blood for the bloodking" was released now, just the split EP with Void Moon in 2013 was definitely not enough... we need this new album guys and you too I'm sure !!!




After a CD release via Deadlight Entertainment last summer, WITCHTHROAT SERPENT first album will be released on vynil with new artwork by the american label Emetic rds (Eye Hate God, Crowbar, Belzebong...) ! The band will be playing at next HELLFEST too and actually compose hard for their sophomore album -


And I'm sure there's quite a few others good stuff in the works, for example from the camps of FUNERALIUM, BLACK MOTH CULT, ATARAXIE, CARNE, LDDSM, etc... etc... WATCH OUT FOR THE FRENCH SCENE !  

Thanx to Steve and Billy for giving me the place to write those lines, all the best to the Sludgelord and Doomed&Stoned !!!




Saturday, December 21, 2013

... 2013 Year's end list PtII w/ WO FAT, BEELZEFUZZ, ATARAXIE, ICE DRAGON, MOURNING DAWN, etc...

1) BEST ALBUMS OF 2013
- Cathedral “Last Spire”
- Autopsy “Headless Ritual”
- Voivod “Target Earth”
- Satan “Life Sentence”
- Black Oath “Ov Qliphoth and Darkness”
- Culte Des Ghoules “Henbane”
- Grave Upheaval “ST”
- Grave Miasma “Odori Sepulcrorum”
- In Solitude “Sister”
- Avatarium “ST”



2) BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013
- Solstice “Death’s Crown Is Victory”
- Disma/Convulse “days of death “
- Bölzer “Aura”

3) BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
- Disma at Wolf Throne
- Indesinence at killtown death fest 
- Black Sabbath in Paris (Bercy)
- Tribulation at killtown death fest 
- Trouble at Dutch Doom Days 

4) BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013
- Voivod “Target Earth”
- Slough Feg “Laser Enforcer“
- Grave Upheaval “ST”

5) BEST SONGS OF 2013
- Cathedral “This Body, thy tomb”
- Autopsy “Slaughter At Beast House”
- In Solitude “A buried sun”
- Tribulation “Wanderer in the outer darkness”
- Ocean Chief “Dean Scanna Styrkan”

6) BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012
I don’t have any.

7) MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014
- Swallowed
- While Heaven Wept
- Krypts

8) It was a really productive year for me as I was able to release two new albums in total: Funeralium “Deceived Idealism” in February and Ataraxie “L’être Et La Nausée” in September. That’s always frustrating to have your albums delayed again and again. Regarding gigs, I particularly enjoyed myself playing at Killtown Deathfest as I saw lot of cool bands and met some cool people there. As for other gigs in general, that was also nice to play again with Mournful Congregation, Mourning Beloveth, Ophis or Marche Funèbre as they now are long time doom comrades.
As for what happened in 2013 in our world, we were one more time overfed with sterile and nonsense debates. That’s what I call the culture of VOID! Media know too well how to manipulate the mass so as avoid REAL debates and help politicians to keep on getting more and more from us without facing any trouble. Anyway, don’t hope for any better things now…

9) BEST LABELS OF 2013
- Weird Truth
- Ostra Records
- Iron Bonehead



Kent (WO FAT)
Best Albums of 2013
1. Earthless "From the Ages"
2. Tombstones "Red Skies and Dead Eyes"
3. Church of Misery "Thy Kingdom Scum"
4. Egypt "Become the Sun"
5. The Disease Concept "Your Destroyer"
6. Elder "Spires Burn/Release"
7. Ultra Magnetic Mega Galactic S/T
8. Mothership S/T
9. Dark Earth/ Bibles and Hand Grenades split
10. Harsh Toke "Light Up and Live"
11. Switchblade Jesus S/T
12. Arrowhead "Atomsmasher"

Best Live Performances
I saw some amazing shows this year and it's tough to pick the best, but I think I would have to say that one night - April 20th at Roadburn - will always be a memorable one for me.  I saw High on Fire sound better and rock harder than I've ever heard them sound before and I also got to see Elder absolutely destroy as well.  In addition to the great performances by the bands, the vibe at Roadburn with the crowd and fans was a transcendent experience for me.   Awesome, awesome experience that I'm thrilled to have been a part of.
The other absolutely epic show I saw this year was Sleep in Denton, Texas.  

Best Album Cover
Earthless "From the Ages"

Best Songs of 2013
1. Egypt "Ancient Enemy"
2. Earthless "From the Ages"
3. Black Pussy "Galaxies"
4. Church of Misery "B.T.K."

Most Anticipated Albums
The new Blood Farmers record
The new Las Cruces record

Personal Thoughts about 2013
2013 was a great year for me.  We did our first European tour and got to be a part of both Roadburn and Desertfest London, which were among the coolest shows I've ever gotten to play.  I also saw so many great performances and got to see some of my favorite bands live that I thought I may never get to see.  Some of the kick ass sets that I saw this year were Sleep, Orange Goblin, Church of Misery (who finally made it to Dallas), Ufomammut (at Desertfest),  Egypt, Kadaver,  Lowrider, Saint Vitus, Ape Machine, Freedom Hawk, Dark Earth, Black Pussy.... So many great bands, so many great shows. 

2013 also was a landmark year for me because myself and Michael and Tim from Wo Fat bought the studio that I have worked at for many years and that all of the Wo Fat albums were recorded at. 


Clint (Hand of Doom radio)
1)BEST ALBUMS OF 2013  (I took it to 11 and went one louder. I could have made 10 louder, but this list goes to 11)


2)BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013 

3)BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
SLEEP / SUMMONUS / THE DEVIL RIDES OUT @ THE MANNING BAR, SYDNEY 27 OCT
SLEEP @ THE PRINCE BANDROOM, MELBOURNE 26 OCT
KADAVAR / BLUES PILLS / CHILD / KING OF THE NORTH 26 NOV
OM @ THE HIFI BAR, MELBOURNE

4) BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013

Beastwars – Blood Becomes Fire – epic work from Nick Keller


5) BEST SONGS OF 2013

6) BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012
For me that’s the “Dale” EP by Aleph Null which came out in January of 2012 – seriously overlooked and far better than a lot of the full length albums released last year. This didn’t miss my attention in 2012, but given how great it is the lack of attention it received was criminal!

7) MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014 
Yob
Crowbar
Elder

8) This year in Australia – seeing live shows from  Sleep, Church of Misery, St Vitus, Kadavar, Blues Pills, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang, Orange Goblin, Vista Chino,  along with some seeing some amazing Australian bands in Child and Horsehunter take shape (these bands will have some impressive albums out in 2014!), a new album from Clagg was a highlight also.

Hoping to hear some new tracks from Yob and Crowbar at Roadburn, and Elder at Desertfest Berlin as well as getting to see all three of these bands live for the very first time. Cannot wait to meet Windhand and see them live at Roadburn and Heavy Days in Doomtown. And am very much hoping to see the amazing Aleph Null perform live at some point during April when I’m in Europe.


Eric (Switchblade Jesus)
1) BEST ALBUMS OF 2013
Clutch - Earth Rocker
Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
ASG - Blood Drive
Kylesa - Ultraviolet
Egypt - Become the Sun
QOTSA - ... like Clockwork

2) BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013
Buzzard
Funeral Horse
Valley of the Sun - Gunslinger

3) BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
Clutch/Sword/American Sharks
Cro-Mags/Black Tusk/Intera Arma/Switchblade Jesus

4) BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013
 Sandrider - Godhead
Traitors Return to Earth - Betting on a Full Collapse

5) BEST SONG OF 2013
 Clutch - The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

6) BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012
 The Heavy Eyes - Maera

8) Being able to jam with some amazing musicians during the year. A frieght train of killer times and tunes.



Joe (Ice Dragon)
1) BEST ALBUMS OF 2013  
In no order:
Guided by Voices – English Little League
Teenage Guitar – Force Fields at Home
Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honky Tonk
Robert Pollard – Blazing Gentlemen
Circus Devils – When Machines Attack
Circus Devils – My Mind Has Seen the White Trick
Voivod – Target Earth
Reg King – Looking for a Dream
Nisson – The RCA Albums Collection
Nektar – A Tab in the Ocean reissue

2)BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013
Only heard two: 
Guided by Voices – Down by the Racetrack
Guided by Voices – Glue On Bicycle

3)BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
In no order: 
Killing Joke The Musical Box Goblin
Vektor Toss-up between The Zombies or The Monkees 
4)BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013
In no order:
Circus Devils – When Machines Attack G
uided by Voices – English Little League
I want to say Ice Dragon – Born a Heavy Morning but instead I’ll go with: Realmbuilder – Blue Flame Cavalry (though I haven’t heard the album yet) 5)

5)BEST SONGS OF 2013 
Wouldn’t know where to begin. I hardly ever pay attention to the names of songs so I wouldn't be able to tell you anyway.  
6) BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012  
I’m still discovering stuff from the ‘60s and ‘70s; I’ll get to 2012 in fifty years.
7) MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014  
In no order:
Guided by Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit
Guided by Voices – Cool Planet 
Whatever else Robert Pollard puts out

8) I feel good about the music we made this past year, as Ice Dragon and in our other guises. I look forward to recording more music in the coming year.




Raul (Memento Mori rds)
BEST ALBUMS OF 2013  
COFFINS - The Fleshland
FUNERALIUM - Deceived Idealism
KRYPTS - Unending Degradation
DREAM DEATH - Somnium Excessum
ONIROPHAGUS - Prehuman
ATARAXIE - L’être et la Nausée
ABYSMAL GRIEF - Feretri
GRAVE MIASMA - Odori Sepulcrorum
SHADOW OF THE TORTURER - Dronestown
ILSA - Intoxicantations

BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013   
BÖLZER - Aura  
SHEOL - Promo MMXIII 
PRAISE THE FLAME - Profane Cult  
DEMENTIA 13 - Tales for the Carnivorous 
NECRORITE - In Death’s Certitude

BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013  
I couldn’t attend barely any show this year. Budget’s tight and I chose to invest most of my money on the label.

BEST ALBUM COVER OF 2013 

AUTOPSY - The Headless Ritual

BEST SONG OF 2013   

SHADOW OF THE TORTURER - Indianapolis/Ukiah

BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012   

SINISTROUS DIABOLUS - Total Doom//Desecration

MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014   

The new TRIPTYKON and the debut full-length by SWALLOWED. 
8) It was a pretty rad year labelwise, with great releases such as
Uncoffined, Symptom, Solothus and Chalice Of Doom that I didn’t mention on the “best albums of 2013” list out of a -most probably- stupid sense of modesty. Ahem. And regarding 2014, I just can’t fucking wait. We’ll be putting out more releases than ever before and I’m really anticipating them all.


Aleksey (T.o.P.)
1) BEST ALBUMS OF 2013
-Stangala / StoneBirds split “Kreiz-Breizh Sessions”
-Talbot “Scaled”
- Plöw “No Highness Below The Crown”
-Fanttasma “Another Sleepless Night”
- As_Autumn_Calls_-_Cold,_Black_&_Everlasting
-Absenth / Minded “Earthtone”
-Castero “Revolutions”
-Horse Latitudes “Black Soil”
-Sendelica “The Kaleidoscopic Kat And It’s Autoscopic Ego”
-Peacemaker “Cult.45”

2) BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013
1. The Moon Mistress “Shimla”
2. The Grand Astoria “Then You Win”
3. Arkham Witch “Hammerstorm”
4. The Curse of Wendigo “Wild Honey”
5. Nonsun “Sun Blind Me”

3) BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
-The Moon Mistress and Talbot gig in Saint-Petersburg. Even though I don’t remember a half of that evening.

4) BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013
Ocean Chief “Sten”
The Grand Astoria “Then You Win”
Talbot “Scaled”

5) BEST SONGS OF 2013
-Moss “Horrible Nights”
-Stangala “Konk Kerne”
- Plöw “Captain Gungus”
-Castero “He Must Rule”
-The Moon Mistress “Shimla”

6) BEST OVERLOOKED ALBUM OF 2012
-Realmbuilder “Fortifications of the Pale Architect” (it was re-released by I Hate Records in 2012, so it counts)

7) MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014
-Realmbuilder “Blue Flame Cavalry”
-Jack Frost
-Echthros

8) On a more personal point of view, please give us your own appreciations about this year and - if there’s any particular - your expectations for 2014?
There was enough of doom in 2013 and there will be even more in 2014 as well there’re always a damned lot of opportunities to find perfect balance and harmony. Ohm shanti ohm.

9) BEST LABELS OF 2013
-I Hate Records
-Northern Silence



Vincent (Mourning Dawn)
BEST ALBUMS OF 2013
ORCHID – The Mouths of Madness
EIBON - II
GRAVE MIASMA - Odori Sepulcrorum
TEMPLE of BAAL - Verses of Fire
CARCASS - Surgical Steel
BLOOD CEREMONY - The Eldrith Dark
SATAN - Life Sentence
JEX THOTH - Blood Moon Rise
YEAR OF THE GOAT - Angels' Necropolis

2) BEST EPs/DEMOS OF 2013
BÖLZER - Aura
URFAUST - Die Erste Levitation

3) BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2013
AURA NOIR - Hellfest
JEX THOTH - Brussels – Magasin 4
NECROS CHRISTOS – Brussels – Magasin 4
SLEEP - Hellfest
GRAVEYARD - Hellfest
extra special mention to the first edition of WOLFTHRONE FEST near Paris. Two days of black death done the rightest way you could dream of!

4) BEST ALBUM COVERS OF 2013
- EIBON - II
- JEX THOTH - Blood Moon Rise

7) MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014
 NECROS CHRISTOS
 PILGRIM
 THE WOUNDED KINGS

8) 2013 : seen lots of gigs. Way too many generic stoner bands calling themselves doom.
2014 : At least seeing URFAUST live (Brussels maybe, Hellfest for sure!) More doom gigs in Paris!

9) BEST LABELS OF 2013 
VAN Records
IRON BONEHEAD
SEPULCHRAL VOICE




Dana  (Beelzefuzz)
My favorites for 2013
Albums 
1. Black Sabbath -13
2. Cathedral- The Last Spire
3. Goatess- Goatess
4. Age Of Taurus- Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times
5.Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats- Mind Control
6. Curse The Sun- Psychache
7. Clamfight- I Versus the Glacier
8. Devil To Pay- Fate Is Your Muse
9. Weed Is Weed- Blunt Force Trauma
10. Admiral Browning- Give No Quarter

Demo/EP
1. Heavy Temple- Unholy Communion
2. Doctor Smoke- Doomo
3. Black Blizzard- Broken Hands, Broken Hearts
4. Slagstorm
5. Second Grave- Antithesis
Best Live Performances of 2013
1. Hammer of Doom!
2. Stoner Hands Of Doom
Most Anticipated Albums for 2014
1. Blood Farmers!
2. Pilgrim- Void Worship 
3. Serpent Venom- Of Things Seen And Unseen
4. Sigiriya- Darkness Died Today





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