Sunnata – Zorya

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Zorya is surely an album of 2016 already! Sunnata are doing unique things with doom, taking it on a spacious journey through fuzz and psychadelica to sludge and retaining all that is heavy. With a name that translates to ’emptiness’ and 5 songs that all play out around 10 minutes a piece this art by Jeffrey Smith is as intoxicating, hypnotic and gorgeous as the music it fits to. Having produced works for Judd Madden and others he has an impressive gallery to check out.

Jeffrey Smith’s artwork – http://www.ascendingstorm.com/

listen to Sunnata – http://sunnataofficial.bandcamp.com/album/zorya

 

SubRosa – No Help For The Mighty Ones

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If you have an interest in heavy music you’ve probably seen posters or covers by Glyn Smyth. Having collaborated with Wolves In The Throne Room, Bacchus, Tombs, Year Of No Light, Tombstones and Zozobra (Savage Masters cover should probably get it’s own post) his style incorporates pagan, occult and ‘magick’ symbolism with bleak imagery. It’s visceral and raw yet well crafted. SubRosa’s experimental sludge doom has been making waves with their violins and female vocals. Intelligently thought out, there’s the obvious knowledge of folklore and history yet both artist and bands output is utterly unique. Glyn also did the art on their newest album, the great ‘More Constant Than The Gods’. This marriage between art and music is harmonious, both haunting and engrossing they deserve your time and you’ll be rewarded.

Glyn Smyth – http://www.stagandserpent.com/

SubRosa – http://subrosausa.bandcamp.com/