King Woman’s post-metal exploration of doom is a ticket to hazy and strange musical landscapes. It makes no apologies and takes no prisoners in its quest for catharsis.
With complex structures, provocative themes, and adroit execution, DVNE provides excellent contemporary progressive metal, with elements of doom, stoner rock, and more.
Magic Night is a concentrated effort to evoke a specific atmosphere, full of intentionality. The arrangements, the instrumentation, the voicings, the mixing, all of it comes together in a relatively seamless production that commands attention: all the more so because Violet Cold is a one-man effort.
Cult of Luna’s ability to take their time may be their greatest asset, and is showcased here in top form. The key element, however, is Christmas’s vocals, which lift the entire album up. Rarely do you hear albums where “sonic landscape” is quite so apropos.