#). artist - album title
- Alucarda - Raw Howls
- Crowned in Earth - Metempsychosis
- Zoltan - Tombs of the Blind Dead EP*
- Occultation - Earthbound EP
- Kabbalah - Primitve Stone EP
- Pombagira - Flesh Throne Press***
- Goat Wizard - Self-Titled
- Strange Broue - Various EP's
- Phantomass - Self-Titled
- Hands of Orlac - Figli Del Crepuscolo**
- Widow & Children - Self-Titled
- Patrick Bruss - The Gorgon's Gallery
- Spectral Haze - I.E.V.: Transmutated Nebula Remains*
- Galleon - Self-Titled
- Burning Saviours - Unholy Tales from the North*
- Evil Spirit - Caulron Messiah**
- Misty Grey - Grey Mist
- Orb - Womb**
- Ooze [ИЛ] - Black Swamp [Чёрная Топь]**
- John Carpenter - Lost Themes*
- Cryptrip - The Great Magmatic Leviathan
- Maze of Roots - Two Chapters**
- Howling Black Soul - Self-Titled
- Doomraiser - Reverse
- Stone Cadaver - E.P.
*Album available on itunes
** Streaming only
** Streaming only
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|Photo by Vic Singh [image source]|
'Flesh Throne Press' is Pombagira's second double album, the first was their May 2008 debut 'The Crooked Path'. The band has evolved remarkably in the ensuing seven years. The debut threw heavy slabs of doomy riffs and gruff heavy metal vocals atop an aggressive attack. As ambitious as a 5-song double album debut truly is, one could pigeonhole that band into the stoner doom category. The new album is miles away from what nearly anybody else, anywhere is doing. The closest band I can think of in terms of similarity or resemblance is the incredible Aleph Null who use considerably more traditional structures and ideas.
As heavy as Pombagira was in their infancy, banging and crashing, they are now leagues heavier, deeper and darker both sonically and emotionally.
|'Iconoclast Dream' [image source]|
When comparing 'Iconoclast Dream' to 'Flesh Throne Press', it becomes apparent that much of the mood Pombagira projects as a band comes from drummer Carolyn Hamilton-Giles. Guitar snobs make note, the drums are a real instrument. Carolyn has traded heavy impact for a slightly muted approach making for a more overall psychedelic / shoegaze-y direction for the band. She's not invisible back there, but she invisibly weaves a blanket of order on what could otherwise be a chaotic affair. She uses tom patterns in lieu of crashing beats where appropriate, and her performance runs the gamut of power and subtlety. Her presence is absolutely essential to holding the ideas, mood and textures of the album together, by not calling attention to herself, the mind focuses on the deep modulating guitar tones creating a semi-hypnotic state for the listener.
So there you have it, if you've checked out the Sludgelord link then you get a double review for a double album. 'Flesh Throne Press' is 13 songs and 86 minutes long and will be released on double CD and double LP by Svart Records on March 23, 2015.