Posts Tagged ‘Occult Rock’

Album of the day: In Solitude – Sister

Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Sweden’s In Solitude capitalize upon the visibility generated by their opening slot on the 2012 Decibel Magazine Tour with the release of their third album, Sister.

In Solitude made a name for themselves with their first two albums by treading the nether regions of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) while combining the sound with dark occult themes; very similar to the approach first pioneered by Mercyful Fate back in the early ’80s.

In Solitude - Sister
Mercyful Fate
themselves were influenced by the earlier occult rock albums of the ’70s, albums released by bands such as Coven. In Solitude adopt this approach on Sister, combining NWOBHM with occult rock, but give the audience their own version of the style.

Both In Solitude‘s self titled debut and their second album The World, The Flesh, The Devil were obviously influenced by Mercyful Fate with lots of catchy riffing and vocals from Pelle Ahman that seemed to be a direct descendant of those of King Diamond, albeit an octave or so lower in pitch.

Sister sees In Solitude strike out on their own by moving away a bit from Mercyful Fate while still being rooted in the NWOBHM and, even more so on this release, the bluesy strains of occult rock.

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Album of the day: Mansion – We Shall Live

Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Mystery is a rare thing in music, given that we live in an age of ultra-exposure and social networking. No sooner has a demo been released, than we are regaled with tales of what the band had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with […]

Album of the day: Jex Thoth – Blood Moon Rise

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: On Blood Moon Rise Jex Thoth take the bluesy, psychedelic laced doom from 2008’s self titled release and turn it up a notch. What I find a bit more striking though is that although it is turned up, it has restraint in all the […]

Album of the day: Witches of God – The Blood of Others

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Praise for Witches of God‘s The Blood of Others from Nocturnal Cult Webzine:  LA’s doomy rockers, Witches Of God have brewed up their debut album and spilled it forth upon humanity in the form of The Blood Of Others. After a campy horror synth we get to the heart of […]

Album of the day: Jess and the Ancient Ones – Astral Sabbat

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: There has been an incredible resurgence of occult rockers with female frontwomen… that pretty much goes without saying (and yet, there I go). The recently / allegedly departed Dutch outfit in The Devil’s Blood was an exemplary go-to over the last few years, and when […]

Album of the day: Bloody Hammers – Bloody Hammers

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Meatmeadmetal: We’ve covered / complained about certain sub-genres of metal swelling up to the point of gruesomeness and having to search extra hard to find the good bands because there are so effing many of them. We kind of said that last week when discussing grindcore and […]

Album of the day: Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from MetalasFuck: The dominant distorted bass is chunky, rich and filthy. The suffocating groove it drags behind it is infectious, conjuring images of darkened smoky rooms full of shuffling swaying bodies. A synthesizer lingers behind, developing a psychedelic edge to the blackened morass, leaving sparse space for the […]

Album of the day: Head Of The Demon – Head Of The Demon

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Praise for Head of the Demon‘s Self-Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Look out! Lurching, lumbering, mesmerically repetitive and rambling, doomed-out blackened metal comin’ at ya here, from Stockholm, Sweden, brought to us by a label that sure knows their hard-to-pigeonhole, psychedelic “occult rock” heaviness (The Ajna Offensive, who most […]

Album of the day: Year of the Goat – Angels’ Necropolis

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from MetalMouth: Having released two heavily successful E.P’s, Year Of The Goat are here to raise hell, literally. This is a band who take the best of 70′s / 80′s rock…(Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult), and shape it into something that is modern, something that is dark, something […]

Album of the day: Aluk Todolo – Occult Rock

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For better and worse, audacity is an essential aspect of Aluk Todolo. After all, for the bulk of the last decade, the French trio of black metal veterans has attempted an unwieldy mission– to set the dark sounds of their past to the typically kaleidoscopic expanses […]

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