I found out about Stacey's work a year ago when the band Earth announced their release of "angels of darkness, demons of light 1" which she did the cover for. The colors and creatures are great! Very neat!
If there was any death metal album that you should've checked out in the year 2011, it was "Doom of the Occult" by Necros Christos. This german horde has really locked in on the whole doomier death vibe, occasionally tossing in or opening with fast blasts and thrash's, Necros' more often sets the tempo at a mid-pace or slower. This helped in creating one of the most headbanging friendly Death Metal experiences I've had the pleasure of hearing in a while, though that's not to say it's so straightforward. In between each track is a multi-instrumental interlude that sounds like a mix of ethnic middle eastern, Indian, and European music, helping to conjure up images of doom, gloom, and deities of another realm. The production on this guy is perfect! A very crisp sounding record without being over produced, and on top of this all, vocals feature an outstanding echo, giving the deep death growl another dimension. There is absolutely nothing I'd change about "doom of the occult", it's exactly what I look for in Death Metal, it's epic, the vocals are great, the production is spot on, and a plus is that the layout was exceptional, with a gatefold sleeve, poster, and booklet inside! Make sure this slab of death finds it's way into your collection.
Doom, Dooom, Doooooom! Get the idea? This is what best describes Whitehorse's newest, entitled "progression". This is one hell of a slab of cavernous sounding, sludgy, apocalyptic...you guessed it, doom. "Progression" crawls along at a slow and steady pace, with deep bass-y tones and deep, growling, reverb soaked vocals, with only a brief foray into a higher pitched, blackened, vocal styling. The guitar tone is super sludgy, sometimes similar to Thou minus any harmonic parts or interludes. This record just keeps grinding away, the tempo is almost constant. The bass is very hypnotic, very similar to the groov-ish bass on the first High on Fire album at times. What I found to be a major plus were the samples that frequently accompanied the other instruments, mostly bits that sounded like cables of bridges snapping and buildings crumbling in the distance, increasing the feeling that this album represents a great decay or a collapse of the society that we know today, a true album for the post-apocalypse! Overall "progression" holds a similar pace throughout, without any melodic parts or solos. The one exception would be the final track, "remains unknown", the guitar work brings to mind a more death/doom sound rather than sludge.
If you like your doom very sludgy with slight nods to slow death and experimental metal, or if you like music that sounds like the world in a post nuclear war state, Whitehorse may have written just what you're looking for.
500 copies, either black or black/blue vinyl on At A Loss Recordings