CONAN

Doom Metal • United Kingdom
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Conan are a metal band from the United Kingdom with an EP titled Horseback Battle Hammer which was released in 2010. The EP was released on July 20, 2010 on the Aurora Borealis label.
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CONAN Monnos album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Monnos
Doom Metal 2012
CONAN Blood Eagle album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Blood Eagle
Doom Metal 2014
CONAN Revengeance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revengeance
Doom Metal 2016

CONAN EPs & splits

CONAN Horseback Battle Hammer album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Horseback Battle Hammer
Doom Metal 2010
CONAN Conan Vs. Slomatics album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Conan Vs. Slomatics
Doom Metal 2011
CONAN Zero Talent / Beheaded album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zero Talent / Beheaded
Doom Metal 2013
CONAN Conan, Kurokuma & Granule 3 Way Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conan, Kurokuma & Granule 3 Way Split
Doom Metal 2018
CONAN Doom Sessions Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doom Sessions Vol. 1
Doom Metal 2020

CONAN live albums

CONAN Mount Wrath: Live At Roadburn 2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mount Wrath: Live At Roadburn 2012
Doom Metal 2013

CONAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CONAN Battle In The Swamp album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Battle In The Swamp
Doom Metal 2007
CONAN Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Doom Metal 2010

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CONAN Monnos

Album · 2012 · Doom Metal
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Conan's Monnos is an intimidating monolith of traditional doom metal from the duo of Jon Davis on guitars and vocals and Paul O'Neill on drums (plus a few synthesiser spots here and there which don't quite tip things over the edge into drone doom but do occasionally threaten to). Though their riffs are as heavy as those, say, on Electric Wizard's Dopethrone or Sleep's Dopesmoker, the stripped-down, bare-bones lineup gives their material an intriguingly sparse and back-to-basics sound which gives them a distinctive voice in traditional doom metal.

Despite the band's name, put all thought of epic fantasy soundtracks out of your mind, because this is a much more cold and unforgiving proposition; likewise, the terse, laconic lyrics seem intended less to convey a fleshed-out fantasy narrative and more to suggest a story through flashes of the protagonist's state of mind. In short, the band take Electric Wizard's fascination with old school sword and sorcery tales to a new level of stark, pitiless brutality. The end result won't be for everyone but it's definitely intriguing.

CONAN Monnos

Album · 2012 · Doom Metal
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Time Signature
Metal as weapon...

Genre: sludge doom

Ah yes, slow and heavy music. There is just something hauntingly compelling about the genre of doom metal which makes it so unique in comparison to other metal genres. And, no matter how different doom bands might sound, they typically have in common crushing heaviness and a focus on other emotions than aggression.

Take for instance Conan's debut album Monnos which is a lesson in crushingly heavy grooves and the power of simplicity. Conan are often classified as a stoner doom band, but I would not want to get stoned while listening to their music – that would probably just lead to an angst-driven and paranoia-centred bad trip. The thing is that Conan, whose music is more on the sludgy side, have embraced a near-minimalistic style which brings about images of desolation and barrenness. While not super slow, the tracks on the album are definitely very heavy, and driven by simple and crushing riffs – some of which make use of drone notes and many of which are based on stomping grooves which, due to the simplicity itself, are extremely powerful.

Their music is so heavy that even uptempo passages, as in the case of 'Battle in the Swamp' come across doom-laden and oppressive. This owes in part to the nature of the riffage itself and in part to the insanely bottom-rich and fuzzy sound of the downtuned guitars – just check the intros of 'Headless Hunter' and 'Invisible Throne' which consist of of droning power chords heavy enough to suck the entire solar system into an all destructive black hole of suicidal depression.

The drumming is considerably organic and dynamic, which I quite like, and the vocals range from sludge-oriented harshness to a more chanting style. I would probably prefer a more elaborate and powerful singing style, but then again, the vocals used on the album do fit the barrenness of the music very well. The lyrical universe seems to evolve around epic battles in various desolate and barren, and of course swampy, fantasy landscapes (likely to be inspired by 70s and 80s fantasy movies, literature, and computer games [the instrumental 'Golden Axe' is likely to be named after a classic 80s fantasy archade game]), and, it is definitely interesting to hear such lyrics performed in non-operatic vocals in a non-epic doom metal style.

Fans of crushingly heavy music, such as stoner doom, sludge doom and the like, should definitely give Conan's Monnos a listen. Its heavy and simple riffage has all the stuff that makes for good sludge doom.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

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