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Witchsorrow – Witchsorrow

Posted in Doom Metal by newmusicexcess on May 31, 2010


A new week, a new band. My attention was brought to Witchsorrow via this months Terrorizer’s ‘choice cuts’ section. As doomy as ruined monasteries and old churches. Now that’s what I call doomy.

Track listing:

  1. Might Have Been
  2. Trial of Elizabeth Clarke
  3. Hail to Guy Fawkes
  4. Thou Art Cursed
  5. Impaler Tepes

Listen to this album on Spotify –



Reviewed at:



  • Doom


Similar artists:

  • Doomdogs
  • Funeral circle
  • Briton Rites
  • Mourn
  • Great Coven
  • Lord of the Grave
  • Rituals Of The Oak
  • Cardinals Folly


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Type O Negative, Front Man And Bassist, Peter Steele Dies

Posted in Alternative Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Metal by newmusicexcess on April 16, 2010

Today’s post was originally going to be about last night’s Billy Talent/Alexisonfire gig in Halifax. However, I have just learnt that Peter Steele of Type O Negative died, from what is thought to be heart failure, on April 14th.

So I though I would take this opportunity to honour him and leave the planned post until later.

There is an announcement regarding his death on the Type O Negative’s website along with some statements from band members and family.

From his band mates;

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Type O Negative front man, bassist, and our band mate, Peter Steele passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure.

Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow up to "Dead Again" released in 2007.
The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results. The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date. We’d like to share our thoughts and those of Peter’s family below.

We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world.


Josh, Kenny and Johnny


Josh Silver: “Peter, My endless source of frustration, (as I’m yours) you have really done it this time. You have changed and touched countless lives through music, comedy and often brutal honesty. You’ve made life both interesting and irritating and I could not imagine not having known you for 37 years. It still isn’t true in my mind but in time I will miss you and the creating that we all endured together. We certainly disagreed constantly and I believe (and hope) we all learned from each other. Should I call you my brother, friend or neighbor? I can only call you Peter (and usually after 2 PM). We laughed at ourselves more times then I can count. Knowing humans are preposterous creatures and I know we reveled in that fact. I will miss you in time, but at this moment your premature departure seems surreal and has pissed me off to no end. Though I never told you that I harbor a deep respect for you, I do. Goodbye my friend.”

Kenny Hickey: “Peter Steele was one of the most brilliant and funny personalities in music and it was all for real. Half the time people thought he was joking, but he was actually telling the truth. Part of me died with him.”


Johnny Kelly: “It’s impossible for me to put into a few sentences what I am feeling at the moment Peter. I’m not sure if I should eulogize or roast you. Both good and bad, we went on one hell of a ride together and sadly, the ride has come to an end. You truly were a unique person. Your music touched many people. Myself included. Whether it was talking about The Beatles, power tools, how Pluto was no longer considered a planet or calling me at 3am asking me to drive to your house to have a fistfight with you, you always kept it interesting. It was a privilege to have been your bandmate. It’s something that I will always cherish.”


From his family;

In a statement issued today by Steele`s family: “Legendary Goth/Heavy Metal musician Peter Steele died suddenly Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after a short illness at the age of 48. He wrote and orchestrated the music for the Brooklyn-based band Type O Negative, a groundbreaking group known for its dramatic lyrical emphasis on the themes of romance, depression, and death. Steele, renowned as much for his striking physical appearance as his musical talent, was the creative force behind the bands 20-year success writing most of the material for the their albums. Type O Negative and Steele have been lauded as a major influence by numerous alternative and metal bands. The band gained a worldwide following through touring and recording seven studio albums, two best-of compilations, concert DVDs and music videos. Their 1993 album “Bloody Kisses” went platinum, and the 1996 follow-up “October Rust” went gold.

The music world has lost a great talent, and music fans worldwide are mourning, but for our family we are mourning a beloved brother, uncle, cousin, friend and funny man. Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends and family. Survived by five sisters, the eldest living sister notes that he was more than our brother, he was our son. His untimely death is tragic – a great loss to us and to music. The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results, and funeral plans at present remain unknown. The family thanks fans for their loyalty to Peter and band members, but request that fans and media respect their wishes for privacy.

In addition to his success in music, Peter Steele also tried his hand at acting, appearing in HBO`s Oz and the cult classic film Bad Acid. He also composed music for the film soundtracks “Freddy vs. Jason” and “Mortal Combat”, the television movie “Nosferatu: The First Vampire”, and the soon-to-be released “Living the American Nightmare.”

My original exposure to Type O Negative was around 1997, when I picked up on the excellent October Rust when it made the #1 spot on Terrorizer Magazine’s Albums Of The Year 1996. From this point onwards I started tracking down the earlier stuff, and was not disappointed with what I discovered. I also picked up the excellent video,  After Dark, that they released in 1998.

Here is a couple of promo videos from Bloody Kisses:


And a live rendition of My Girlfriends Girlfriend.


Hail to thee Mr Steele, Vinnland awaits!!!

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Triptykon: Video Interviews With Tom Gabriel Warrior Available

Posted in Avant-garde, Black Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Metal by newmusicexcess on March 30, 2010

Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon is the most recent musical project of Thomas Gabriel Fischer, the founding member of the pioneering extreme music bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun.

The Triptykon line-up consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

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Similar Artists:

  • Celtic Frost
  • Ov Hell
  • Skitliv
  • Valkyrja
  • The Wounded Kings
  • Dark Fortress

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Top 10 Crushing Metal Albums

Posted in Doom Metal, Metal, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on March 21, 2010

Sleep - Dopesmoker

Today I was thinking about the heaviness of Electric Wizard’s Dopethrone and was then so minded to construct a list of albums by bands that are similarly crushing in their heaviness. Here is my list of albums:

  • Sleep – Dopesmoker
  • Acid King – Zoroaster
  • Ramesses – Misanthropic Alchemy
  • Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed
  • Bongzilla – Gateway
  • Ufomammut – Snailking
  • Goatsnake – Goatsnake 1
  • Church Of Misery – Master Of Brutality
  • OM – Earth Awakening
  • Reverend Bizarre – Harbinger Of Metal


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Similar Artists To: High On Fire

Posted in Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Sludge, Stoner Rock by newmusicexcess on March 8, 2010

Surrounded By Theives

Continuing on from the procedure I laid out in yesterday’s post for discovering unfamiliar music off of familiar ones, here is the same process applied to High On Fire:

  • High On Fire – Surrounded By Thieves
  • Sleep – Dopesmoker
  • Kalas – Kalas
  • Saviours  – Into Abaddon
  • Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
  • Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder
  • Baroness – Blue Record
  • Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed
  • Om – Earth Awakening
  • Kylesa – Time Will Fuse Its Worth

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Mantra – In Vain

Posted in Black Metal, Doom Metal, Progressive Metal by newmusicexcess on January 26, 2010

In Vain - Mantra Track listing

1. Captivating Solitude
2. Mannefall
3. Ain’t No Lovin’
4. On The Banks Of The Mississippi
5. Circle Of Agony
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit Of The Nez Perce)
7. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

On In Vain’s second album, Mantra, the band, in my opinion, have captured a complete listening experience. I would strongly suggest setting aside enough time to listen to the album all the way through, in a single sitting, as listening to individual tracks or part of the album does not get the full effect. The album has very high production values and has a wonderful crushing sound when the band go full tilt. However, amidst the bands effortless combination and execution of Black, Doom and Progressive Metal are bluegrass/folk and some of the most wonderfully melodic phrases I have heard on an extreme metal album. If you are in the UK/Europe and have a membership, you can check it out on Spotify.

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Sputnikmusic –

Noisecreep –

Encyclopaedia Metallum –

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