Winters
(Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies)
2007
Turn this to 3.9 of 11
Genre:
Metal, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
Catherdral, Mudhoney, Black Sabbath
Lead singer, Paul Fyfe sounds like Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) on depressants. We are all for unique vocal styles here at Rotation11, but the relentless whining and goofy somber tone that Fyfe exudes becomes unbearable making this a bit of a chore to get through in its entirety. Weak lyrics and repetition override the attempted  other-worldly vibe that the band is going for.

Track Listing:
1. Fried
2. Aftershown
3. Oh No
4. Endless Fight
5. Life Was so Simple
6. Mark My Word
7. Two Wrongs Make a Right
8. I'm a Destroyer
9. No Will
10. Did Me in
11. Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies

Formed in 2005, the trio from UK definitely cling to various Black Sabbath riffs, one of which is almost overtly plagiarism. Check out the second track "Aftershown" ..." Ironman II"? Recycled riffs throughout the album also cause us reason to pause. Hands down the worst track is "Two Wrongs Make a Right," the melody is monotone filler embarrassment for the band.

One of the highlights on the album that may be worth your hard earned dollar is "Life Was So Simple" where the off-key melodies blend well along with some believable doom overtones and swirling guitar hooks. They could have also thrown in a line like. "A blank stare and a whisper I thought you were different But who are you judging? I thought you were different You're asleep at the wheel". The second somewhat redeeming track is the closing title track. Spanning over six minutes, this one actually keeps our attention and has some good riffs. Perhaps also download the album art which is pretty sharp. Ultimately, this album is a flop. The chicanery does not blend well with the sporadic doom and psychedelic attempts. We gave this one the requisite rotations and found tracks grew less on us. Burn tracks 5 and 11 and call it a day. - 6/1/2015

Standout Tracks: Life Was so Simple, Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies
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