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Owlcrusher S/T by Owlcrusher
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Sludge, Doom, Black Metal
We have previewed a fair amount of obscure black metal throughout the years. One of the more trying aspects is the fact that often the production this weak and we find difficulty in clarity and separation of the instruments. Pioneers like Burzum, Evoken and Behemoth have advanced the production and headphone experience while their rooted foundation of apocalyptic visions do not waiver.
Hailing from Banbridge, UK we welcome Owlcrusher and their self-titled debut full-length release. This is one motherfucking heavy and dismal album or as they describe "Apocalyptic, Hateful and Nihilistic Blackened Sludge." For a independent label the production is well above average and we greatly appreciate the clarity. Spiers vocals impress as his patience and unwavering caustic tonality really take shape after several listens. We picture Spiers in the utter depths of hell finally unleashed loaded with energy. The bass ridden bellowing prowess of Hobson further accentuates the feedback and impressive riffs throughout.
1. Feeble Preacher (16:54)
2. Owlcrusher (11:30)
3. Spoiler (14:53)
What is the standout track ?
The closer "Spoiler" infuses the most vocal variety and paints what we feel is the bleakest picture. Tons of layers and change-ups make for a very entertaining track and really provides closure for this very dark 43 minute journey. Doom and sludge melodies are brilliantly crafted on this track and the softer moments (if you can call it that) really provide some dramatic and tasteful contrast. Take a listen at about the 8:45 mark. We experience some of the freakiest vocals we have ever heard. Spiers appears to be in a cellar or hallowed out basement. Brilliant production on this track and one of the best black metal tracks we have heard in the last four or five years.
What adult beverage do we suggest accompany this album?
Evil Owl Amber from Branchline Brewing Co in Texas. Pours amber with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of herbal hops, ripe fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with caramel malt and red fruit in the background. Finish is long and hoppy. 5.2% ABV
Andrew Spiers - lead vocals and guitar
Damien Mckeown - percussion
Steve Hobson - bass and backing vocals
Final thoughts for Owlcrusher.
We are happy to have stumbled upon Owlcrusher. The threesome takes an oppressively refreshing approach to doom and black metal. The debut is an intriguing journey that will keep you listening. We hear a mature band with chemistry having spawned from and formerly known as Dwell In Sun. Ultimately Owlcrusher excels in the quality production department a step ahead of former Dwell In the Sun. Doom and metal fans need this one in their collection and in heavy rotation. -
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