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Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull crushing groove for the greater part of 25 years.

And as with most class acts, accolades and the spotlight have been secondary to sacrifice – the art of doubling down for the greater good of metal. When Cathedral bowed out after 2013’s The Last Spire, they were arguably at their most focused in years, churning out a swansong that, while not their best, was easily a contender for top props in the band’s back catalogue. Some thought the break was premature, but (Lee) Dorrian and Co opted not to overstay their welcome, deeming the doom metal country fully charted and conquered.

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Fast forward to Chapter 2, Verse 1 in “The Book of Gaz” – aka Death Penalty. With Dorrian’s urging, Jennings recruited some Belgian backing in fellow Rise Above (label) veterans SerpentcultMichelle Nocon (vocals) and Frederik “Cozy” Cosemans (drums), with the addition of Raf Meukens on bass – to bring life to the “bits and bops” (a Jennings term that’s hilariously awesome) accumulated since the late 90s.

But let’s get one thing straight: this self titled debut ain’t no Cathedral ‘part deux’. It would be unfair and frankly shortsighted to consider it as such. Just tune in to Nocon’s piercing banshee assault on the heavily metallic ass-kicking opener Howling At The Throne Of Decadence and you’ll see that handling the creative reins on this hate campaign is a shared duty; in fact, Jennings gave Nocon full creative license on all the vocal melodies for the album (of note, the title track on their debut 7” Sign Of Times was the only exception, where Jennings had complete control).

She brings some grit, angst, and nut-crushing muscle to the table; charismatic for sure, and her delivery carries many of the album’s cuts, making a track like Children Of The Night timelessly cool. Originally written for The Last Spire, the song is the closest thing to Cathedral on the record – lumbering grooves, heavy as hell head-banging battery and then Nocon’s croon – surprisingly smooth and laid back; with her near operatic harmonizing during the bridges, I couldn’t imagine this track done justice in any other setting.

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The Osiris Club & Zoltan To Bring Their Cinematic Feel To Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We’re thrilled to annouce that The Osiris Club & Zoltan will bring their cinematic feel to the 20th edtion of Roadburn Festival, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Taking the best parts of 1970s progressive rock – just think King Crimson and […]

Album of the Day: Rog & Pip – Our Revolution

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Like a lot of “lost” groups the origins of Rog & Pip are winding and complicated. The duo of Roger Lomas and Philip “Pip” Whitcher trace their origins back to mid-’60s Coventry outfit The Sorrows, which found success not in the UK, but in Italy, […]

Album of the Day: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The old adage “never judge a book by it’s cover” could just as easily apply to albums, and yet the artwork for Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s second full length effort, seems to perfectly belie its musical content. The […]

Album of the Day: Horisont – Time Warriors

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us […]

Album of the Day: Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]

Album of the day: Hidden Masters – Of This And Other Worlds

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Brandish: In case it has escaped your attention there is a bit of psych revival going on at the moment with thousands of bands from all across their world aping their 60s heroes in creating trippy, yet hook-filled soundscapes. A lot of those bands take the easy […]

Album of the day: Church of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum

Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: In some ways, it makes sense to think of the new Church of Misery album, Thy Kingdom Scum (Rise Above / Metal Blade), as a sequel to Houses of the Unholy. Like that 2009 full-length, the title is a pun with a religious theme also […]

Album of the day: Cathedral – The Last Spire

Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: So this is the end of the road for Lee Dorrian’s long-running psychedelic doom experiment. Looking back on Cathedral‘s career, they’ve certainly delivered some entertaining and diverse albums while helping make doom cool and interesting again. While I always favored their earlier, less trippy […]

Album of the day: Purson – The Circle & The Blue Door

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Virgin.com: Time to go back down the rabbit hole! Named after a demon, and fronted by the ever intoxicating Rosalie Cunningham (of Ipso Facto fame), Purson have delivered a record overflowing with occult referencing psychedelic rock with a strong 70s feel. At times it feels like listening […]

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