Unsigned and Unholy

Unsigned and Unholy: Momentum, Bill Pulmonary Embolism, To Dust


Bill Pulmonary Embolism - A Galaxy Consumed

Three more fantastic unsigned bands for your listening pleasure.

Here’s how I described Icelandic doom-slingers Momentum when I last wrote about them in June 2010:

This is the kind doom that I wish was more plentiful in the world; well-produced, sonically rich and intricate, as opposed to raw-for-the-sake-of-raw and slow-for-the-sake-of-slow doom that ends up just being boring instead of powerful. This is powerful… just the right amount of raw and just the right amount of slow, mixed in with plenty of other stuff to keep it interesting.

With that in mind, here’s a new Momentum song called “The Freak is Alive,” from the forthcoming album of the same name:

Iron Thrones might be dunzo, but the former members are still giving this whole “metal” thing a go in various capacities. Drummer Peter Clarke is busy with Bill Pulmonary Embolism, a band way more grindy than Iron Thrones, but still with some Swedish influence to bridge the connection between this new outfit and IT. On the whole, I’d describe Bill Pulmonary Embolism as way less “triumphant” sounding than IT, but more moshable. Stream new album A Galaxy Consumed in full below, via Bandcamp:

To Dust wallow on the doomier side of the death metal spectrum — think Insomnium, Daylight Dies, Omnium Gatherum, etc — but are all over the map within that niche. There are slow, doomy parts, there are more thrashy, up-beat gallops, and there’s plenty of standard melodeath melancholy within To Dust’s death-doom micro-niche. Most of the time it works quite well but occasionally it doesn’t, and perhaps with a little more focus these Swedes could be mentioned among the hallowed names referenced above. Still, I’m digging everything that’s streaming on their Facebook page.


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