Album Review: Empyrium’s Über Den Sternen (Prophecy)

Since Empyrium’s inception in 1994, the music of the German band has evolved from progressive doom / black metal to classical-influenced dark folk. With their sixth record, Über Den Sternen (translating as “Above The Stars”), they have “finally reconciled [their] vintage sound from the early days with the acoustic expression of the later Empyrium,” according… Continue reading Album Review: Empyrium’s Über Den Sternen (Prophecy)

TRACK PREMIERE: When The Deadbolt Breaks Cover “My Wild Love”

It’s not easy to cover a seminal band like The Doors — but Connecticut doom outfit When The Deadbolt Breaks meets this challenge with their unique interpretation of the hypnotic track “My Wild Love.” It will be featured on Until It All Collides: The Nightmare Versions, coming out on November 27th via Desert Records. And… Continue reading TRACK PREMIERE: When The Deadbolt Breaks Cover “My Wild Love”

TRACK PREMIERE: “Down Below” by DUST PROPHET

SLEEPING VILLAGE RECORDS is pleased to announce the first release in a series of 2-track splits! Dust Prophet and Conduit, two bands spawned from the wildlands of New Hampshire, are here to lead the charge with a pair of yet-unheard singles.  Both tracks presented herein — Dust Prophet’s “Down Below” and Condui’s “Constable”— walk a… Continue reading TRACK PREMIERE: “Down Below” by DUST PROPHET

Black North’s The Lost Year: Volume 1

Following their 2019 acoustic single “Time,” Black North is putting some more skin in the game with the two-track EP The Lost Year: Volume 1.  The eastern Connecticut trio (featuring Bill Bates on guitar and vocals, Stephanie Lussier on bass and vocals, and John Tolmie handling drums) has been a staple at local shows since… Continue reading Black North’s The Lost Year: Volume 1

Album Review and Artwork Reveal: Mourn the Light’s Suffer, Then We’re Gone

By Charlie Sad Eyes Connecticut doom outfit Mourn The Light has done a lot in less than three years of existence: toured America, played a string of dates in Canada, and amassed a large social media following, all on the strength of an EP, a split CD with Oxblood Forge, and some singles… All while… Continue reading Album Review and Artwork Reveal: Mourn the Light’s Suffer, Then We’re Gone

Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Forgotten Days, Pallbearer’s fourth album, is heavy in more than one sense. Placing the actual music to one side momentarily, the lyrics deal with some serious and difficult themes and concepts. Joseph D. Rowland (bass, harmony vocals), who wrote many of the words, talks about the songs often being a kind of dialogue with his… Continue reading Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

A Chat with Lyric Soprano and Symphonic Doom Metal Vocalist Marialena Trikoglou

Marialena Trikoglou was one of three singers in the Athens doom band Horrorgraphy, who released their debut album Seasons of Grief in 2019. After leaving that group, Trikoglou released her solo album Vanity this March.
These interview excerpts from September 2020 are reposted from The Ripple Effect with the author’s permission.