Relapse Records announced the signing of cult UK Doom/Sludge band IRON MONKEY!
IRON MONKEY originally formed in Nottingham (England) in 1994 and released two full-lengths (1997’s self-titled debut and 1998’s “Our Problem”), a live album and a split with Church of Misery before splitting in 1999.
Now, almost two decades later, the band has decided to reform as a trio with co-founding members S. Watson on bass and J. Rushby on guitar/vocals. They’re rounded out by new member S. Briggs (Chaos U.K.,) who also played with original IRON MONKEY vocalist J.P. Morrow in the short-lived sludge supergroup My War.
The band has entered Moot Group studios, in Nottingham, to record a new album with Johnny A. Carter (ex-Pitchshifter). The album will consist of eight tracks plus a cover song and a late summer/early fall release is expected via Relapse Records.
The band shared a few words on the reformation and new material:
“We’re older, more cynical, more isolationist. Musically, we’re more aggressive, more focused – a direct assault. We intend to take what is rightfully ours, usurp the scene and then crush its skull.“
Florida Doom band NORTHERN CROWN have released a lyric video for ‘Surreality (The Tell-Tale Mind)’, a song from their new album “The Others”, released just this month.
The video was done by Wayne Joyner and you can watch it below:
BUZZARD CANYON and Salt of the Earth Records have premiered the music video for the track ‘Highway Run’, taken from the new album “Hellfire & Whiskey”.
Guitarist/vocalist Aaron Lewis directed and wrote the story line for the video while filming and co-direction duties were handled by Will Beale of 1410 Media and Billy Freeman of Surge Unlimited.
Check out the video below:
ODDHUMS is a new Stoner Doom band coming from Spain.
They were formed just this year and they’re now releasing their debut EP, “The Inception”, containing four tracks that move between stoner-doom, post-rock/metal, grunge and sludge ambient.
The EP was recorded and mastered by Kike Gutiérrez at Black Bunker Records Studios and artwork was done by Procesonegro Art Studios.
THE MOTH GATHERER, from Sweden, have released a new music video for the song ‘Probing The Descent Of Man’, taken from the “The Earth Is The Sky”, released last year on Agonia Records.
“The Earth Is The Sky” was recorded over a period of two years in three different studios and features notable guests, including: David Johansson (Kongh), Wacian (Code), The Cuukoo (Terra Tenebrosa) and Thomas Jäger (Monolord).
The album’s mixing & mastering duties were taken care of by Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, The Old Wind, Switchblade, Terra Tenebrosa). The artwork was made by SCG, while Swedish printer EJG prepared the layout, creating an exclusive painting for each of the six tracks appearing on the album.
Watch the video for ‘Probing The Descent Of Man’ below:
Italian doomsters RITI OCCULTI announced they will enter the studio in June to record their third full-length “Tetragrammaton”, which will be based on the unspeakable name of God.
According to the band, the sound will be completely renewed for this new kabalistic concept album, featuring the most obscure and esoteric material ever produced by the sect.
“Tetragrammaton”, which is scheduled for an Autumn 2016 release via Nordavind Records, will be officially presented during the Dutch Doom Days festival followed by an European tour with Black Oath.
The artwork will be designed by Italian artist Ignazio Cuga, who created the artwork for the band’s previous record, “Secta”. Check out the artwork below:
Sleaszy Rider Records signed a deal with the British/Italian Doom/Sludge metallers EVEN VAST.
After their last album back in 2007, the band relocated in UK, changed its line-up and also changed their music style going more into a Sludge Rock direction, rather than the Gothic Metal sound they were playing.
Right now, the band is busy recording and mixing at NoiseBoy studios (Manchester, England), and soon enter Major Oak Audio Mastering studio (Nottingham, England) for the mastering process of their new album, entitled “Warped Existence”.
The release date for the album is scheduled for September 2016 and also the back catalogue (re-mastered with bonuses) will be released some time this year through Sleazy Rider: “Teach Me How To Bleed” (+ bonus live tracks), ”Hear Me Out” (+ bonus live tracks) and ”Where The Trees Still Speak” (+ unreleased tracks).