The Softer Hands of Doom

My Heart Explodes

Doom metal is a genre of extreme metal, strongly influenced by ’70s Black Sabbath, that is characterized by slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a “thick” or “heavy” sound. Sludge metal and stoner metal are similar genres, but, to this casual fan of extreme metal, they’re all kind of the same.

Now, let’s meet my new favorite band (of the week) …

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They’re an English stoner/doom/sludge band called Black Moth. They are Harriet Bevan (vocals), Jim Swainston (guitar), Nico Carew (guitar), Dave Vachon (bass), and Dom McCready (drums). Some bands wear their influences proudly on their sleeves, but, this band, apparently, wear their influences proudly on their sleeveless t-shirts. They sound like Danzig [or, more precisely, Black Sabbath] meets Nirvana [or, more precisely, Soundgarden], with strong female vocals, as if ’70s British metal collided with ’90s Seattle grunge in present day Leeds (where this band is from) giving…

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