"Enough weight, chops and ideas to make so called bigger bands scratch their heads and say "why didn't I think of that?!"...There are so many layers to this band it's unreal” - The Sludgelord
"Both spacious and significant" - The Obelisk
“When any band playing sludgey stuff in Sheffield emerges, you'd best sit up and take notice. This isn't just because it doesn't happen very often, but because it's rarely as interesting as Kurokuma” - ninehertz
A two track demo was released in late 2014 and streamed on Terrorizer in April 2015. The band’s debut EP, Advorsus, was released by Medusa Crush Recordings in September 2016. This was followed by their first UK tour in October 2016 with Under.
In April 2017 a free-download cover of Radioactivity by Kraftwerk was released with an accompanying video. The band completed two tours in 2017, one with Dvne and a second with Mexico’s Vinnum Sabbathi, followed by their first overseas show in Limerick, Ireland.
That summer also saw the premiere of The Doom Doc, an independent documentary on the doom scene which followed Kurokuma drummer, Joe Allen, and featured interviews with original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Primitive Man, Conan, Slabdragger, and many others.
In March 2018 Kurokuma joined Conan in Japan for their first overseas tour, playing Nagoya, Osaka, and a sold-out show in Tokyo. The following month the band played in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 20th April for a celebratory 420 show.
August 2018 saw the release of Dope Rider, a concept EP available on vinyl, CD, tape and digital download. An Eastern and Central European tour over eight countries in support of the release took place that same month, exposing the band to a whole new audience.
Kurokuma have had festival appearances at Brutal Assault (CZ), Rockstadt Extreme Fest (RO), Siege of Limerick (IE), Mammothfest (GB) with support slots so far including Crowbar, Trap Them, Conan, Primitive Man, KEN Mode, Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore and Samothrace.
Malevolent and brooding, powerful yet sickly, visceral while haunting. Blind Monarch weave moments of a dubious beauty into a corrupted majesty of ugliness and despair. The debut album 'What Is Imposed Must Be Endured' was captured in a derelict space in the North of England during the bleak mid-winter of 2017 and is available now via Black Bow records.
Eremit is a german Doom band formed in early 2015. We are playing slow, massiv and gnarly music. We are telling a continuous story of a lonesome hermit trapped on an seemingly endless ocean. Each song represents a single chapter of this evolving dystopian saga.
In 2018 we signed with Transcending Obscurity Records to release our debut record “Carrier of Weight” on the 25th of February 2019.