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Short Sharp Shock #3: Unexpected Loose Theme Edition

As I was putting together this edition of Short Sharp Shock, a kind of unexpected metal theme emerged, as you’ll see. So I went with it. Enjoy…

Ritual KingBand(s): Ritual King

Title: Earthrise

Style(s): Blues/Stoner Rock

Duration: 15 minutes

Release date: February 23, 2018

First of all, we start off this latest edition of this column with a very enjoyable and approachable brand of blues/stoner rock from the UK’s Ritual King. With songs that just seem to saunter out of the speakers with an easy rocking gait, this is well-written rock music with a punchy, well-balanced production. What a great way to start off the day.

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard SlomaticsBand(s): Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics

Title: Totems

Style(s): Doom Metal

Duration: 44 minutes

Release date: March, at some point to be determined

Okay, so the more astute among you will have noticed that at 44 minutes in length this one is actually more of an album-length release, rather than a Short Sharp Shock as such…so, I may be flirting fast and loose with the concept, but it’s still a split release, which is typically short, so I’m going with it. Besides, it’s a damn good listen, and I can do what I like here, so I’m running with it.

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But anyway…this is a split between two UK doom metal bands. Both different, but very complementary, you can almost imagine this release being the work of one band that simply decided to swap singers and shift their sound slightly half way through. This is not to imply that the bands sound the same, of course, as they are both very much their own beasts. It’s notable that this split flows better than most, however, and both sides work with each other extremely well. Enchanting, melodic, emotive, and captivating; this is a split that you simply have to track down and absorb at length.

There are no non-exlusive samples available online yet, and no solid release date either, so here’s a funky image of the two bands instead –

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard Slomatics Band

Windhand Satan's SatyrsBand(s): Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs

Title: Split

Style(s): Doom Metal/Punk Rock

Duration: 31 minutes

Release date: February 16, 2018

So now we continue with the doomy, rocky theme, at least for part of it. This is also a yet another release that’s on the longer side. Hmm, we’ll have to do something about that for the next one. Unlike the above split, which could have been two different personas of one band, on this release it’s very clear that Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs are different propositions.

The stronger side of this split belongs to Windhand. Their doom metal is heavy, emotive, and dirty. Contrasted with this is Satan’s Satyrs’ punk-fuelled metal/rock, which is just as dirty in its own way, but a lot more upbeat and fuzzy. Both sides have their merit, of course, and overall this is a split that’s a good listen.

King GoatBand(s): King Goat

Title: King Goat

Style(s): Doom Metal

Duration: 26 minutes

Release date: April 28, 2014

Okay, so full disclosure; I was going to follow up on my previous intimation and go for a really short, nasty grindcore release for this next one. A palate cleanser of a sort. But no, I seem to be warming to this entire doom/rock theme I’ve got going on, so instead I give you some extremely tasty King Goat.

This EP is almost four years old, but despite this I’ve only actually heard it recently for the first time…and I can’t stop listening to it. I’m blaring it out right now, which is why my plan of following up Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs with a shorter grind release kind of went the way of the dodo. Anyway, I must say this is an extremely talented band. There’s more of a progressive edge to King Goat’s music than some doom metal purveyors, and it makes their songs incredibly enjoyable.

YidhraBand(s): Yidhra

Title: Cult of Bathory

Style(s): Doom Metal

Duration: 27 minutes

Release date: January 14, 2016

Continuing the apparent theme of this edition of Short Sharp Shock, we’ll end with Yidhra. This is heavy, crushing stoner doom. Dark and groovy, these songs are full of choice riffs and bleak, gritty melodies. The singer’s gruff vocals are your guide throughout the playing time, and each track is eminently enjoyable.

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