Wasteland surrounds you as your motorcycle powers through the desert. Cacti raise needle-ridged arms to the dying sunlight, moribund addicts seeking salvation from waning light. An oasis appears on the horizon, containing what your thirsty body needs: FOX 45’s Ashes of Man. My first impression was checking out the song names and seeing the outstanding […]

Welcome to Doomtopia, where the barren wasteland is pockmarked by dead trees bearing decrepit branches, rabbits lay dead in fields, and rotting corpses serve as reminders that there is but one escape. This hellscape’s soundtrack? Salvor by These Beasts, a three-piece operating out of Chicago. The EP’s opener, Bone Marrow, sets the mood with a […]

Usually I listen to music on bus-rides, but with fifteen songs spanning seventy-nine minutes, this is an album that was just meant to be played on a stereo at home. Everything about the album is leisurely, but not necessarily relaxing. Ronald Strojny’s voice mimics a Sabbath Bloody Sabbath-era Ozzy, with extra reverb and delay to […]

One of the things we appreciate here at Chicago Doom Confederacy HQ, with our super-computers comprised of old fuzz pedals and our inter-dimensional gateway with a fast-pass to Satan’s personal area of space, is riffs. We love them plenty. Your song can have a dozen of them or merely a couple repeating, but we appreciate […]

I was very happy to receive in my inbox a request to review the 12” Record Store Day Split from two of the Midwest’s riff progenitors, The Mound Builders and Pale Horseman. Each band contributes two songs to this split, which will be released by Failure Records and Tapes on April 16th, and none of them […]

If I had to sum up the sound of this EP in a single phrase, it’d be “Southern-Fried Doom.” It’s got nice bluesy hooks, stomping beats, and overall excellent production quality. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mound Builders went into the studio, drank some whiskey chased with kerosene, and said, “Let’s throw down.” When I […]

Okay, so I do most of my music listening when I’m on my way to work. I was super excited to get this album because I’ve been a fan of Trouble for a while. So I put this on, turned it up, and hear this earth-shattering riff. Immediately, I’m in the moment. As I’m on […]

It’s not uncommon to see a stack of patches at the merch booth these days, despite their primary medium, the ‘battle jacket’, having gone mostly out of style – they’re tangible, compact and cheap. Plus, you can stitch them onto plenty of other stuff if your supply of denim is running low. Like cassettes and […]