Sunday, 16 February 2014

Doom Chart: Most Paranoid Albums of 02/15/14

Top 30 Albums
#). artist - album title
Cover artwork by John Hitselberger.
  1. Demon Eye - Leave the Light
  2. Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief
  3. Earth Witch - Earthbound EP
  4. Breathe Fire - EP
  5. The Great Electric Quest - Chapter II EP
  6. Blackwitch Pudding - Taste the Pudding
  7. Doctor Cyclops - Oscuropasso
  8. Buzzherd - On Sinking Ships ... Rats Drown
  9. Moosataur - ST
  10. Blizaro - Strange Doorways
  11. *The Electric Revival - Pirate Radio
  12. Naked Brown - Not So Bad
  13. Wizard Union - Smoking Coffins
  14. Vykanthrope - The Devil's Waiting
  15. Dirt Wizard - No Son of Mine
  16. Black Majik Acid - ST
  17. Sangoma - Diviner
  18. Ancient Warlocks - ST
  19. Destroyer of Light - Bizarre Tales Vol. 2
  20. Sonic Mass - All Creatures Strange
  21. Conan - Blood Eagle***
  22. Grey Widow - I***
  23. Indian - From All Purity***
  24. Nigromante - Black Magic Night
  25. Thothamon - Prophets of Doom***
  26. The Vitasound Projects - American Werewolf in London***
  27. Doctor Smoke - ST EP
  28. Stone Dagger - The Siege of Jerusalem
  29. Clan - EP 2013
  30. Birch Crown - ST
*Album available on itunes but is to be re-released by Cruzar Media on Feb. 14.
*** New Listing

PARANOID Spotlight on:
THOTHAMON – ‘Prophets of Doom’
Alabama Doom wasn't much of a 'thing' until December 9, when this Birmingham based trio released this six song album.  Matter of fact, aside from thee great Gentlemen Bastards I can't think of a single other stoner / doom band from the yellowhammer state.  So, just what is Alabama Doom all about anyway?  Thothamon rips traditional epic doom with soaring vocals and crushing riffs that aren't shy about showing off their melodic side.

Named after the sorcerous Conan nemesis from The Phoenix on the Sword, Thothamon are obviously influenced by the great Weird Tales writers from the interwar period, Howard, Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and their pre-psychedelic visions of substantial madness and protean evil.  Musically, the band compares well to Pilgrim, Maze of Roots, The Gates of Slumber, Stone Magnum and Space God Ritual, which isn't a terrible grouping to be associated with by any means.  They aren't coy about showcasing their influences either, 'Prophets of Doom' closes with a festering reading of Saint Vitus's "Born Too Late".

The standout moment is the axe-sharpening "Glory or the Grave".  It may seem at times as though the world is swarming with doom bands with any number of particular takes on the genre.  I still get a cyclopean thrill when I discover an unabashedly traditional doom band like Thothamon.  This is what it's all about, no nonsense metal, played slow with the heavy stench of morbidity.  'Prophets of Doom' is available as a pay-what-you-want download on bandcamp right now, dig into it doom-maniacs, you won't be disappointed.

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