My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts April 2022

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Thursday, April 28, 2022

My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts April 2022:

1. HÄLLAS - ISLE OF WISDOM
2. GREAT RIFT - UTOPIA
3. GREENBEARD - VARIANT
4. MOUNTAIN OF SMOKE - IMPRINTED
5. ALUNAH - STRANGE MACHINE 
6. CARSON - THE WILFUL PURSUIT OF IGNORANCE
7. SATURNA & ELECTRIC MONOLITH - TURNED TO STONE CHAPTER 4: HIGHER SELVES
8. STEAK - ACUTE MANIA
9. AMBASSADOR -  INSATISFACCIÓN
10. DOMKRAFT/SLOMATICS - ASCEND/DESCEND

11. WEEDEVIL - THE RETURN
12. CARDIEL -  EL ARMAGEDÓN AFTERPARTY
13. THE FLOOD - LOVE LIFE
14. INCHE KAI CHE - INCHE KAI CHE
15. THE RING - IMAGINATOR
16. BOG WIZARD, FROGLORD - BOG WIZARD VS FROGLORD: A FROG IN THE BOG
17. SPIRAL SKIES - DEATH IS BUT A DOOR
18. SPIRAL DRIVE - VISIONS IN BLOOM
19. MIRROR - THE DAY BASTARD LEADERS DIE 
20. SATOR - CLEANSING RITUAL

21. DIRTY SOUND MAGNET - DSM-III
22. HUNTSMEN - THE DYING PINES
23. SOMALI YACHT CLUB - THE SPACE
24. MOUNTAINWOLF - ORB PONDERER
25. END BOSS - THEY SEEK MY HEAD


My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts March 2022

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Sunday, March 27, 2022

My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts March 2022:

1. CHILDREN OF THE SÜN - ROOTS
2. DUNGEON WEED - THE EYE OF THE ICOSAHEDRON
3. SLEEPING CHILD - SUPERNOVIAN REMNANT
4. MWWB - THE HARVEST
5. RED EYE - THE CYCLE
6. ERIC WAGNER - IN THE LONELY LIGHT OF MOURNING
7. PURPLE DAWN - PEACE & DOOM SESSION VOL. II
8. ELK WITCH - BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN 
9. TROLL TEETH - HANGED, DRAWN, & QUARTERED
10. MESSA - CLOSE 

11. HUMANOTONE - A FLOURISHING FALL IN A GRAIN OF SAND 
12. DUAL FIGHTER - MEAN MACHINES
13. DESERT CLOUDS - PLANEXIT
14. SAMAVAYO - PAYAN
15. JIRM - THE TUNNEL, THE WELL, HOLY BEDLAM
16. ZOM - FEAR AND FAILURE 
17. TEMPLE OF DEIMOS - HEADING TO SAINT REAPER
18. DOPE DEFAULT - DIVISION
19. PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE - PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE 
20. MOUNT SATURN - O, GREAT MOON

21. AYE MAMMOTH - ETERNAL
22. UNCLE WOE - PENNYFOLD HABERDASHERY & ABATTOIR DELUXE
23. LUNAVIEJA - LUNAVIEJA
24. STONE AXE - STAY OF EXECUTION 
25. LAMMPING - STARS WE LOST

Review:

DUNGEON WEED - THE EYE OF THE ICOSAHEDRON
(Psychedelic Wizard Doom)
(Oakland, California, USA)
Does it Doom? Yes, and much more. This is over the top, an apocalypse set to music that must have sprung from an insane mind. Agonizing, grooving, meandering, all-consuming riffs that suck you in like a black hole. Synthesizer sounds whose intensity is sufficient to catapult you light years into the endless expanses of space. Cosmic Doom in the Fourth Dimension!


My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts February 2022

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Friday, February 25, 2022

My Top 25 Albums for the Doom Charts February 2022:

1. SLEEPWULF - SUNBEAMS CURL
2. KRYPTOGRAF - THE ELDORADO SPELL
3. WIZARD MASTER - PHASMATIS
4. SMOKE - GROUPTHINK
5. FOSTERMOTHER - THE OCEAN
6. GREEN RIPPER - DARK SESSIONS EP 
7. HYDRA - BEYOND LIFE AND DEATH
8. HOLY WITCH - LEVITATE 
9. Z28 - MACH II
10. OBSIDIAN SEA - PATHOS

11. SÖNUS - USURPER OF THE UNIVERSE
12. ACID ROW - AFTERGLOW
13. KRANDÜS - KRANDÜS
14. TITANOSAUR - ABSENCE OF UNIVERSE
15. FLITCRAFT - OUR LONG JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE 
16. GOODBYE JUNE - SEE WHERE THE NIGHT GOES
17. GREYHAWK - CALL OF THE HAWK 
18. MOUNT DESERT - FEAR THE HEART
19. SOUND OF SMOKE - TALES
20. BLIND SUN - UNDER THEM STONES

21. MUD SPENCER - FUZZ SOUP
22. GREEN KING - ROCK ALLEY TAPES 
23. POSSESSOR - THE SPEED OF DEATH 
24. TIGERS ON OPIUM - 503.420.6669.VOL.2
25. BUFFALO TOMBS - III 

Reviews:

SLEEPWULF - SUNBEAMS CURL:
The impatiently awaited follow-up to the Swedish-Scottish quartet's self-titled debut (my AOTY 2020!) once again leaves mouths open in astonishment. The production is warm and vintage and achieved perfection by live recording directly to a TASCAM tape machine. Belong to their trademarks the lyrics deal with occultism, mysticism and alchemy. The music is inspired by Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull, but sounds more towards Witchcraft and Pentagram to me, which is not a disadvantage. 
Despite, or precisely because of the various influences, Sleepwulf's music never sounds exactly like one of their predecessors, thanks to their high recognition value, but rather unique and timeless. 
AOTY contender!

KRYPTOGRAF - THE ELDORADO SPELL:
Kryptograf's second album captivates with an impressive cover, which shows a magician with a warning finger in an enchanted forest. Musically, the band has developed from booming doom towards psychedelic rock with a folk touch and a dark atmosphere. A change that not every fan will like, but the first-class and catchy songs are performed so confidently and casually, as if this band had been inspired by the magician in the enchanted forest. 
Full marks, because it hardly gets any better.



My Top 20 Albums for the Doom Charts January 2022

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Friday, January 28, 2022

My Top 20 Albums for the Doom Charts January 2022:

1. HAZEMAZE - BLINDED BY THE WICKED
2. Z28 - MACH II
3. OBSIDIAN SEA - PATHOS
4. SÖNUS - USURPER OF THE UNIVERSE
5. KING BASTARD - IT CAME FROM THE VOID
6. SUPERSONIC BLUES - IT'S HEAVY
7. SUNCZAR - BEARER OF LIGHT
8. BONGTOWER - OSCILLATOR II
9. SWAMP LANTERN - THE LORD IS WITH US
10. SAHARA -III: HELL ON EARTH 
11. LOVE YOUR WITCH - WOW! THAT SWEET MAGIC
12. DUNWICH - DUNWICH 
13. SPACE COKE - LUNACY 
14. CORMANO - WEIRD TALES
15. OCULTO - PENUMBRA
16. MOTHER MORGANA - RISE 
17. ALBATROSS OVERDRIVE - EYE SEE RED
18. BLUE RISING SUN - KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT
19. TURKEY VULTURE - TWIST THE KNIFE 
20. VOID ODYSSEY - VOID ODYSSEY

Review:

HAZEMAZE - BLINDED BY THE WICKED:
The long-awaited successor to the awesome “Hymns of the Damned” is now seeing the light of day in all its sombre glory. More focused, heavier, scarier and more complex than ever. The human abyss is also explored thematically, because “Blinded by the Wicked” is about sects and the malicious intentions of their leaders who corrupt the weakest of the weak. This is top notch doom rock in the tradition of the greats of doom – Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Cathedral.
A masterpiece in both its musical complexity and conceptual depth.


Top 100 Releases 2021 (Unranked)

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Thursday, December 30, 2021

 


Top 40 Albums of 2021

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Wednesday, December 22, 2021

 













2021 - What.The.Fuck.Was.That? A new dimension of madness. Panic mode in the power of ten. Totalitarian tendencies in the free world.

Lies, hatred and agitation. Perversion on all levels. The only lifeline that could protect us from madness was once again music.

The heavy music underground spat out a lot of glowing hot lava chunks this year.

Here is my personal selection of the hottest chunks! 

I heard the bells...hallucinating...stumbling in the dark of a dying world...open up your ears...

Before we stumble into a new year let's look back for the last time to celebrate another year of

DOOM