Smoulder
The Sword Woman
(2018)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre:
Doom, Metal
Sounds Like:
Devil Electric, Solitude Aeturnus, Windhand
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The combination of doom and power metal is a force to be reckoned with. Smoulder, hailing from Toronto have conquered the challenge of fusing pure 80s doom and power metal with a hint of modern day heaviness into this three song EP. Vocalist Sarah Ann really took us by surprise and is the highlight of The Sword Woman. Her vocals are powerful and sultry with a tinge of echo. The albums' foundation seems to be influenced by old school dramatic doom metal like Solitude Aeternus, yet they mix in some welcome touches of Devil Electric-like rock. They had us reaching deep into our library of metal and breaking out some classics. The production is raw and not the most polished, but it somehow adds to the allure of the album, it probably transfers well in a live performance. None the less this is a very strong debut EP. 

Tracklist:
1. The Sword Woman 05:17
2. Voyage of the Sun Chaser 05:31
3. The Queen is Gone 06:01

Standout Track(s)
Listen for yourself as all three tracks are solid. 

Alcohol Pairing
We need something unique and local to Smoulder, lets go with Black Hand North American Stout by Toronto’s very own Blood Brother Brewing.  The 7% ABV  is brewed with cocoa husk and a complex combination of roasted malts, this bold stout is rich and full bodied with layers of chocolate and espresso.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.8 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.2 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.4 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.7 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
8.4 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.6 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.4 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.3 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9 of 11

Production Value
8.4 of 11

Final Thoughts 
The Sword Woman is no doubt one of this years best debut EP releases in doom and metal. We love the old school doom vibe they conjure up, it’s a sound you don’t hear very often with new acts.

Smoulder is:
Vocals | Sarah Ann
Guitars | Vincent & Collin 
Drums | Kevin
Bass | Adam

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