Posts Tagged ‘The Obelisk’
Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Consolamentum is the fourth full-length from increasingly progressive UK-based doomers The Wounded Kings and also their debut on Candlelight Records. It’s also their most consistent album-to-album lineup in the band since 2010′s The Shadow over Atlantis followed 2008′s Embrace of the Narrow House debut with just the founding duo of guitarist / keyboardist Steve Mills and bassist /vocalist George Birch, who was out following The Wounded Kings‘ 2010 split with Cough, An Introduction to the Black Arts, as Mills constructed a more complete lineup of the band that would be able to play live.
The third album, 2011′s In the Chapel of the Black Hand, arrived with a markedly quick turnaround considering that apart from Mills it was entirely new players involved — vocalist Sharie Neyland, drummer Myke Heath, bassist Jim Willumsen and guitarist Alex Kearney – and particularly with Neyland‘s haunting vocal resonance, tapped into dark elements of cult metal to coincide with three extended pieces the doom of which was complete and encompassing.
On Consolamentum, all parties but Willumsen return, and though it’s somewhat ironic that with largely the same group they’d also have their longest break between records to date (three years), with Al Eliadis on bass and Chris Fielding producing, The Wounded Kings have created an album that feels like their most band-oriented work yet, recorded live and brimming with atmospheric density.
Like In the Chapel of the Black Hand, Consolamentum finds The Wounded Kings working with and around an extended trinity of songs. Opener ‘Gnosis’ is the longest of the bunch (immediate points) at 13:20, and its complemented by the centerpiece title-track at 9:08 and the penultimate ‘The Silence’ at 12:14.
All three work at the hypnotic crawl one might expect from The Wounded Kings‘ past work — though ‘Gnosis’ picks up toward the end and each seems to offer a payoff of its own — but there’s development evident not just in how well the five-piece work together over the course of Consolamentum‘s 47 minutes, but also in where they go.
Continue reading: THE OBELISK REVIEW: The Wounded Kings, Consolamentum
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)
Tags: Album of the day, candlelight records, Consolamentum, doom, JJ Koczan, Sharie Neyland, Steve Mills, The Obelisk, The Wounded Kings
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Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Moral superiority suits San Francisco metallers Slough Feg. Their sound, rooted in NWOBHM traditions and met with righteousness culled from Celtic folk, is neither that simple nor that limited. They reside in that same hallowed realm of underappreciation as Voivod, whose Killing Technology is lyrically […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s unavoidable when it comes to Blackfinger, so one might as well just come out and say it: Yes, Eric Wagner used to be in Trouble, and as a member of that band he had a hand in crafting some of the best American doom […]
Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: IIII is the fourth Papir album in about as many years. The Copenhagen trio of guitarist Nicklas Sørensen, bassist Christian Becher Clausen and drummer Christoffer Brøchmann made a self-titled debut in 2010 and followed in 2011 with Stundum, their first release on El Paraiso Records, […]
Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been a substantial two years since UK megadoomers Conan made their full-length debut with Monnos through Burning World Records in 2012. That album followed a 2011 split with Slomatics and Conan‘s 2010 hello to the world, the thunderous Horseback Battle Hammer EP, and […]
Posted on Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The self-released, self-titled debut full-length from Columbus, Ohio’s Before the Eyewall is the kind of record that’s going to surprise a lot of people who hear it in a very positive way, and by that I mean it’s really fucking heavy. An instrumental guitar, synth, […]
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Then a trio, Amsterdam-based tonal weightlifters Mühr made their debut in 2010 with the two-song, 24-minute Shepherd / Blood EP, which cobbled together pyramids of heavy stone from molten riffs, the thickest I’d heard come from the Netherlands since Toner Low. The follow-up full-length from […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Shelter, the fourth album by Parisian post-black metal outfit Alcest, is a project of discovery. The narrative (blessings and peace upon it) has it that the band — comprised in its studio incarnation of guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist and principal songwriter Stéphane “Neige” Paut and […]
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Birthed in a not-at-all cosmic reality known as Columbus, Ohio, the four-piece space rock outfit EYE nonetheless execute their sound with classical majesty on their sophomore full-length, Second Sight. Their first outing, 2011′s Center of the Sun, was gorgeous enough to get the attention of […]
Posted on Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Presented across two vinyl sides released by Knick Knack Records, the aptly-titled EP II from Seattle foursome Mystery Ship revels in a swath of classic heavy rock and blues influences. One might also see them as taking cues from the European retro-minded jetset, acts like […]