Church of Misery - Houses of the Unholy
In a year where metal became increasingly intellectualized(this is not a negative statement, just a statement.), Church of Misery delivered a long-playing disc of 70's influenced traditional southern-style doom metal. Far from being a stagnant retread, this is an album of blues-poisoned guitar solos, guitar riffs that can trace their linage to Tony Iommi but are mutated and skronky enough to stand on their own weird, wobbly legs, and enough New Orleans style sludge to sink a city. Yoshiakki Negishi's howls solidify this release as a benchmark. Play it loud. Play it often.
Church of Misery - Born to Raise Hell(Richard Speck)