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02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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Angel Of Damnation - Heathen Witchcraft (2018) - Review

Band: Angel Of Damnation
Album title: Heathen Witchcraft
Release date: 26 October 2018
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records

Tracklist:
01. Brimstone Sorcery
02. Dragged To The Torture Wheel
03. Gospel Of The Serpent (The Damnation Of Gehenna)
04. Heathen Witchcraft
05. Lord Of The Seven Churches
06. Tear Off The Veil Off The Sun

Formed in 2004, Angel Of Damnation are a traditional epic/doom metal band. The band which in its line-up features members of renowned acts such as Sacred Steel, Front Beast, Dawn Of Winter and Nocturnal, released their debut album, Carnal Philosophy, in 2015. Now, their sophomore effort Heathen Witchcraft is available through Shadow Kingdom Records.

The opening track "Brimstone Sorcery" sets the perfect creeping tone for the record with its slow build, grooves and yearning vocals. The next track, "Dragged To The Torture Wheel", is built around a riff that is more than a little similar to Pentagram's "Forever My Queen". It's a bit distracting but there's enough variety going on in the song and the riff itself that it doesn't come off as musical theft. It's actually kind of refreshing to hear such an iconic riff in a new light. I found "Gospel Of The Serpent (The Damnation Of Gehenna)" to be the most forgettable track here. But it still hits like a mud slide in slow motion. It says a lot when your weakest track is still an agreeable one.

Track four, the albums title track, is a ten minute monster that conjures up images of ancient castles, horse drawn carriages and nefarious barons. The lyrics of sorcery and torture work well with the dark, gothic vibe of the music to create the true stand out jam of the record. "Lord Of The Seven Churches" delivers a much needed shot of energy after the brooding of previous tunes while still bringing mythical imagery and strong riffs. If I can bitch about one thing, I'd argue this track should have sat somewhere in the first half of the album to help avoid any lull caused by the more sinisterly paced cuts. But that's more of a personal gripe than anything.

The sixth and final track, "Tear Off The Veil Of The Sun", is a powerful and melodic send off. There are moments throughout (especially in the chorus) that give a striking Geoff Tate of Queensryche feel that makes the track so much more epic than it already is. Add to this the stellar guitar work and sing-along lyrics and you have not only a memorable album closer but something that I suspect will be part of the band's setlist for some time to come.

Angel Of Damnation's Heathen Wtchcraft benefits from being less of a straight doom album than what most bands of the genre are churning out and more of an exercise in occult storytelling. The lyrics here bring to mind Vincent Price films like 'Masque Of The Red Death' and 'Tower Of London' while delivering the colossal cumbersome sound the doom metal is built on. It leaves the impression of being Candlemass' more quirky nephew. Quite mystical with plenty of love for empathy and dread while still showing enough originality to stand on its own.

Now is the time for music lovers to buy stock in Angel Of Damnation. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this album. You won't be disappointed.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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