Saint Karloff
All Heed the Black God
(2018)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Heavy psych rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Salems Pot, Kadavar, Black Sabbath
Friday, August 31, 2018
As metal and rock fans, we all know Norway is the home to some of the worlds most talented heavy metal bands. Over the past few years we have noticed a blooming stoner rock scene here as there are plenty of hidden gems to be uncovered. It’s no surprise that Saint Karloff hails from this region and is currently taking over our rotation. All Heed the Black God, the bands debut is a relentless dose of heavy stoner psychedelia not to be missed. Yes, they have a bit of that Sabbath sound, but what band in this genre doesn't? The riffs are astoundingly heavy with tons of raw groove and massive fuzz. The production is very fitting for their style as the album has a bit of a lo-fi feel. The vocals of lead guitarist Mads Melvold often sounds like a young Ozzie with an Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats tone... it's a perfect style for the album. 

All Heed the Black God flows ever so smoothly with an absorbing style heaviness. There are really no standout tracks, but if we had to choose a few, lets start with “Radioactive Tomb” and it’s tremendous percussion, it's just a brilliant song to get lost in. “Dark Sun” is another shining tune with a laid back stoned vibe that sticks with you. The heavy “When the Earth Cracks Open” just flat outs fucking rocks... no words can describe, just crank it up. The last cut “Spellburn” has it all; with a heavy and steady bass, the track bleeds with classic stoner riffage. We love the rhythm change at the 5:10 minute mark, it’s infectious fuzz that will attract all fans of the heavy.

Tracklist:
1. Ghost Smoker 07:09
2. Space Junkie 04:02
3. Ganymedes 02:14
4. Dark Sun 05:34
5. Radioactive Tomb 05:56
6. When the Earth Cracks Open 04:55
7. Spellburn 07:59

Standout Track(s)
“Spellburn,” ”Radioactive Tomb,” “When the Earth Cracks Open” and “Dark Sun”.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company in Colorado. The rotating Imperial Stout has a 9.50% ABV and has aromas of light vanilla, chocolate and oak. The taste is on the bitter side with slight vanilla and oak flavors.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.7 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.6 of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.8 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
9.7 of 11

Fuzz Prowess
9.9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.8 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.9 of 11

Production Value
9.6 of 11

Final Thoughts
We have played All Heed the Black God to death and there is are no signs of the album waning or being overplayed, it fits perfectly within our rotation. This album seems like it would sound tremendous on vinyl, we urge yo to go that route. Check them out on Twin Earth Records, they have a new gem in their ever-growing catalogue of heaviness. 

Aint Karloff is:
Mads Melvold: Guitar / Vocals
Ole Sletner: Bass 
Adam Suleiman: Drums

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