Happy Winter Solstice everyone! It’s finally officially Wintertime and I’m about to grab some ingredients for my gourmet hot chocolate recipe. But before that I wanted to drop some music on you so you can enjoy this day with me! Today is all about dark and magical music styles. I’m looking for songs that inspire and ground me for the upcoming season ahead. Hopefully they’ll work for you (and your ritual) too! Let’s go!!
INTECHNICOLOUR — ‘MIDNIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT’
One hell of a record! INTECHNICOLOUR is an alternative stoner rock band Brighton, UK and they’ve recently released their new album ‘Midnight Heavyweight’ just last month! With an experimental mixture of stoner rock, doom, alternative, and a dash of melodic metal INTECHNICOLOUR is easily a new favorite. The vocals range from dreamy to 90’s grunge/alternative, to doomy howls as the band switches up adding to the moment. Check out ‘Midnight Heavyweight’ by INTECHNICOLOUR below and get yourself a copy from their official Bandcamp page! Their UK show dates are posted too, so if you’re in the area go see them live!
EVENLESS — ‘UNUS DUO SEPTUM’
Another fantastic addition to the list! EVENLESS is a doom/sludge metal band from Semarang, Indonesia and their first official EP ‘Unus Duo Septum’ is just stellar! Released earlier this year, ‘Unus Duo Septum’ delivers deadly doom melted in with an Indonesian flavor that takes it to another level. The band EVENLESS makes me want more after hearing their three-song EP (maybe next year). I love how slow and deliberate the chords sound along with the longing, drawn out vocals. Check out ‘Unus Duo Septum’ by EVENLESS below and head over to their official Bandcamp page to show your support!
FROWNING — ‘OF VOID’
Let’s get a little darker, shall we? FROWNING is a single-soul funeral doom metal band from Dresden, Germany and ‘Of Void’ would be their fifth release so far. Luminous pulses leading you into a dark torture chamber of doom is exciting for the ears today the least. Blackened howls, with darkness drizzling over each strum and beat makes for a great record. Highly recommend this to any black metal lovers looking for something on the melodic side! Check out ‘Of Void’ by FROWNING below and head over to their official Bandcamp page to purchase!
GRIN — “ALTERNA)))” / “VOIDWALKER”
Talk about a “2 for 1 Special”! One of my favorite doom/sludge metal bands GRIN has unleashed not one, but two music videos recently! From Berlin, Germany, GRIN has consistently released the best, sludgiest doom metal I’ve had the pleasure of coming across. Their new music videos for “Alterna)))” and “Voidwalker” are both extremely trippy — but in different ways (you’ll see). Do yourself a favor and check out these two videos below and get over to their official Bandcamp page for more music!
BLACK SHALLOW WAVES — ‘FRAGMENTS AND WAVES’
Another one for the dark side! BLACK SHALLOW WAVES is a doom/sludge metal band from Lisbon, Portugal who has recently come out with their third release called ‘Fragments and Waves’. This would be another great recommendation for my black metal lovers! Harrowing vocal ranges and grooving blackened riffs make for a great combination. It’s not just sludgey, it has an abundance of rhythm that I could (and did) dance to. Check out ‘Fragments and Waves’ by BLACK SHALLOW WAVES below and get over to their official Bandcamp page to show your support!
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