Sunday, December 14, 2014

You're living in a time machine: the doom from beyond time: BRIMSTONE COVEN

Metal Bulletin Zine reported about this band earlier this year. Now, here's the review.
Brimstone Coven (U.S.): Brimstone Coven (Metal Blade Records)
This album is recommended if you are at all interested in the following musical proposition: Are you curious to hear a band from today play music like the foundational bands of heavy metal did in the early days of the genre? If your answer is “yes,” then buckle up and hold on tight because Brimstone Coven will shock you with their time-machine retro doom. Seriously, what in the universe gets into the minds of this band to play music this way?! Brimstone Coven should do a world tour in the 1970s with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. They should do more tours back in the 70s with Sir Lord Baltimore, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, Blue Cheer, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, Foghat, Bad Company, Pentagram and Mountain? Brimstone Coven should tour with …ok, never mind, I think you understand: 70s heavy metal, 70s classic rock, 70s heavy rock.
They positively sound like a 70s band, but to be more accurate, Brimstone Coven, you could say, in general plays midtempo/uptempo 70s doom with smooth, musical singing, an early-friendly style closer to a band like Bad Company, for instance. There are small passages that the band quotes in tribute to Sabbath, but it is an insult to dismiss this band as a Sabbath clone because, for instance, there’s no way that you will ever find Sabbath vocals sounding as harmonious (listen to a song like “Behold, the Anunnaki” for evidence). The singing on this album is one of the highlights, actually. It’s not like some street stoner dude yelling like Ozzy; this is real singing, melodic, harmonious, a bit psychedelic singing, which also shows an earlier influence, like from the 1960s. The guitars definitely show a certain harmony, too, by the way (could be from Thin Lizzy, a major source for guitar harmonies).
This self-titled debut is the band’s first full-length album, with the band’s first EP tagged on as bonus tracks. Apparently the band was formed in 2011. These doomsters are from West Virginia, U.S. The time machine dropped them off at this decade, but their spirit really originates from the early 1970s. Don’t dismiss this band as “another stoner rock” band! The music is quality.
Behold, the Anunnaki
Brimstone Coven "The Grave" (OFFICIAL)

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