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TOKERidiculous riffing, slow and nasty doom grooves from Wilmington, NC.
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ORYXDunes of droning hypnotic sludge from the deserts of Las Cruces, NM.
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LADY FLINT Explosive stoner blues rock duo from Marselle, France.
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KING DEAD Doomy psyche-tinged spaghetti western sludge from PA.
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THE SILENT LOWMelodic, hard-hitting, attitude-driven stoner rock from Denmark.
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GRAILPsychedelic punk with a southern demonic desert groove out of Texas.
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LORD OF GIANTSincere, lumbering, 70's influenced heavy rock from Germany.
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WOVOKA Intense yet melodic, brutal gut-twisting post-metal sludge from LA.
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HEAVY VOODOO
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
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SPIRITUAL VOID
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
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SOUTHERN STATE
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
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HYPERGIANT
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
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KHEMMIS
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
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BITCHCRAFT
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
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DRUG MOTHER
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
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SPIRAL GURU
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
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TIMESTONE
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
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RHINO
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
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SOLAIRE
Get stuck in some sludgey stoner groove from South Carolina. facebook- bandcamp
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HADDOCK
Heavy lightning in a bottle stoner boogie groove from Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
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VALFADER
Stirring progressive ambient doom from Bath, UK
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BRUNT
Intense instrumental sludgefuzz from these Guernsey blokes. facebook- bandcamp
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Swirling hypnotic heavy psychedelic rock from St. Petersburg, Russia. facebook- bandcamp
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MOPE
Sultry and somber jazz-laden ambient doom from Genoa, Italy.
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Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
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Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
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Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
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Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
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Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
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BRILLIANT MACHINE
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
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Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
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Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
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Swamp-infested grooves and fuzzy desert riffs from Portland,Oregon.
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Jan. 21, 2014
BORDEL INFERNO Gritty heavy rock, solid riffs from Rio de Janiero.
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Jan. 20, 2014
OVERLORD Melodic groove-oriented Heavy Rock from Oxford.
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A DAY AS WOLVES Garage-rock inspired bluesy fuzz and roll from Alberta, Canada. Eh! facebook- bandcamp
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NAKED BROWN Hard-hitting Polish heavy rock in the vein of Clutch and Motorhead.
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OMEGA SUN
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CD Review: Nether Regions-Into the Breach

Nether Regions - Into The Breach

by Zac Boda



Dark... Nether Regions "Into The Breach" is a very dark and scary place to be. "Into The Breach" is like the horror movie that was so real it actually scared the living hell out of me (think The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs not Texas Chain-saw Massacre). The whole essence and aura surrounding this album sends chills down the spine. Heavily influenced by Neurosis, Nether Regions beautiful sound-scapes are twisted by a looming sensation of paranoia and loneliness. For the style of music, "Into The Breach" never becomes tiresome and unexciting. The album intensifies as it progress's from the inception of "Into The Breach / Spanish Werewolves" to the climactic "Alpha / Omega" and apexes with "Outrun The Sun".

As I stated "Into The Breach/Spanish Werewolves" is our opening track. A heavy and pummeling crescendo of crashing cymbals, toms, and snare drums overwhelm the listener. Followed by thick and fuzzy guitar riffs and bass-line, its feels as though a clash has begun with your worst nightmare. I cannot help but notice a tribal drum quality and the Matt Pike-esqe (see High On Fire) vocals. A very strong introduction to Nether Regions, well worth hearing what else they have to offer. Shall we continue...

One of the stand out tracks on ITB is "Pale Faced God". PFG throws a left hook compared to what the previous tracks bestow. The foundation of PGF is a mellow acoustic picking, backed by a jazz-like electric strumming, culminating with the addition of the drums. The ascension plateaus giving the acoustic picking front stage, only to be extinguished by an immense blast. Again you will find the Pike-esqe vocals and lighter moments of picking and drumming really pulling this song together.

"Alpha/Omega" is a must listen on ITB. Keeping a traditional style heavy metal beat and harmony, were could Nether Regions go wrong? The repetitive riffage and onslaught of percussion truly build the adrenaline perfectly. Right up to the big "break-down" (think some serious moshing" at the 3:20 mark). The conclusion brings a spiraling drum roll into an outstanding guitar solo.

"Outrun The Sun" is an ominously warm melody. Like the end of the movies where all seems well, the daylight breaks through, and you have survived... but there is that last moment before the screen cuts to black, and the villain rears it's ugly head, that is "Out Run The Sun". The mix of the static aura waving in the back ground while Kyle Bates and Todd Pidcock weave a soothing trance-like state with their guitars and then Joe Wickstrom's eerie lyrics can be petrifying.

I'm never listening to "Into The Breach" when I'm alone in the dark. Especially after seeing the artwork! What is that? Burning, deteriorating flesh and hair?? Maybe one of the guys from the band can fill us in about the artwork, I'm certainly interested to hear the story behind it. That being said, this album is a success. Nether Regions, without a record label, are using Bandcamp to release their tunes. See the link after the jump. Now get over there and pick your copy up!

I'm feeling a respectable 7 out of 10.

Joe Wickstrom - Bass, Vocals
Kyle Bates - Guitar
Todd Pidcock - Guitar
Ryan Moore - Drums



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