THE REAL GONE SINGLES BAR #48

Welcome back to the Real Gone Singles Bar, the place where we explore the various individual mp3s that have landed in our inbox over the previous few weeks. This time around, we bring you a very melodic number from a sometime Ministry collaborator, a complex one man show from a British prog musician, a quick hit of country, a near flawless slice of power pop, and more besides. As always, we hope you find something new to enjoy, or something that gives you the curiosity to dig a little deeper.

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Watch: The Holy Nothing share a new video for ‘Unending Death’

As 2023 began to fade, US doom/stoner metal band The Holy Nothing arrived with a genuine force. Their debut EP, ‘Vol 1: A Profound and Nameless Fear’ brought plenty of heaviness, but the band often worked their riffs in a more inventive way than a lot of other doom-centric acts.

Even on the EP’s most predictable cut, ‘Unending Death’, their gift for delivering a weighty sound was more than clear.

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LIFESICK – Love And Other Lies EP

Danish band Lifesick mightn’t have reached a household name status by the beginning of 2024, but they’d definitely marked out a place as one of the cult acts within the European underground. Four releases into their career, they’d already become somewhat of a fixture on the Scandinavian festival circuit, had associations with the legendary Southern Lord label (sometime home of Boris, Goatsnake, Mondo Generator and others), and already shown a great gift for brutalist hardcore riffs.

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THE REAL GONE SINGLES BAR #46

Welcome back to the Real Gone Singles Bar, the place where we explore the various individual mp3s that have landed in our inbox over the previous few weeks. The submissions keep coming, allowing us a broad selection of styles. This week, we bring you some great adult pop-rock from Norway, a singer songwriter with a superbly retro sound, a little bit of country, the return of some legends of German metal, and more besides…

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HERO IN ERROR – Hero In Error

Irish rockers Hero In Error haven’t returned half heartedly with this self titled EP. Following a burst of drone, its opening track ‘Enemy Within’ absolutely floors the listener with an opening riff that’s as oppressive as Conan and almost as heavy as Heriot. Despite often being billed under the metalcore tag, there’s also plenty about this slow and crushing sound that comes much closer to pure doom. Not that fans should be afraid of any potential changes here; this absolutely massive approach suits the band perfectly, and as the slow riffs trudge their way across several bars, the heaviest music has the potential to win over new fans in an instant.

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