Album of the day: King Giant – Dismal Hollow

Lovingly pinched from Metal What if instead of hailing from the industrial brimstone of Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath had risen from the backwoods of Appalachia? Odds are, I think, that the result would sound quite a lot like King Giant‘s Dismal Hollow, a doomy, southern-fried affair that features plenty of adept guitar work, some unique time changes and surprisingly engaging lyrics that touch on uniquely Deep South themes.

Take, for example, the opener, ‘Appomattox’, named for the site of the Confederacy’s surrender at the end of the American Civil War. Note how Dave Hammerly’s drawling growl (slightly reminiscent of Glenn Danzig) fits in perfectly with drummer Brooks’ martial-sounding part and the expert guitar work of T.I. and David Kowalski.

Like a lot of southern music, there’s more of an emphasis on groove here than in most metal. The main riff of  ‘Steward’s Prayer’ is almost a battle between two genres, with a bluesy portion giving way to doom thunder. Another tune, ‘6 O’Clock Swill’, features headbanging guitars, mixed with a hip-shaking drum line to superb effect.

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