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Band Of The Month [October, 2011]: Old Corpse Road

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , on 1st October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson


The voting for October’s Band Of The Month began as a fierce competition between The Colour Line and ReVerbed, however, Darlington-based blackened folk metal quintet Old Corpse Road swooped in at the last minute and snatched victory quite unexpectedly gaining the majority of the votes. Old Corpse Road avoid the cliché black metal style of Satanic imagery, instead, their songs are about British folklore with masterfully written music and lyrics. Old Corpse Road have shared the stage with the likes of Hecate Enthroned, Northern Oak, Windrider and Skyclad.

Rating: 5/5

Links:

Official site: http://www.oldcorpseroad.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Corpse-Road/22944789821
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/oldcorpseroad

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Old Corpse Road – The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 4th August 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Old Corpse Road
Album: The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal/Folk Metal


Old Corpse Road are a blackened folk metal band hailing from Darlington located in the north-east of England. Throughout the years they’ve been together, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Windrider, Skyclad and Hecate Enthroned as well as creating musical history by being one of the first British black metal bands to do produce a spilt with another black metal band [The Meads of Asphodel]. Their most recent release, “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless”, is the first part of the previously mentioned spilt.

The eerie and dramatic piano medley of “Hob Headless Rises” comes first which is slowly replaced by the shredding guitars. The vocals are strong and raw, with a hint of a Cradle of Filth sound in them. The keyboard sections are beautifully played and add a very tense atmosphere to the music. The drums are masterfully and intelligently played but retain a certain ruthless aggression at the same time. The guitars are impressive, being both shredding and heavy. The acoustic sections brings a very folk-like element to the track which works well with the rest of the track. The clean vocals also help bring about a folk-like element.

“The Devil’s Footprints”, named after an incident in 1855, begins with sound of fast-faced guitars fading in before the introduction of the drums. The spoken vocals add a very archaic and epic feel to the song whilst the screams and grunts bring the aggressive element to the track. The keyboards, blending well with the guitars, bring a certain mystique to the track whilst the drums slowly become more rage-fuelled in their playing. The keyboard sections are both enchantingly and beautifully played, add a dash of calm of the furious metal storm within the song. The softer played guitar and drum sections also bring a touch of calm to the song as well.

The final track is “The Witch Of Wookey Hole”, named after the infamous witch. The song begins with a dark, haunting synth intro which is gradually accompanied by the sound of acoustic guitars and drums. The track turns brutal with the introduction of the feral guitar riffs and the beast-like vocals. The drums are almost machine-like in their playing, very precise yet savage at the same time. The synth sections bring an immense eerie sound to the track as well, helping the music fit in with the lyrical theme of the song. The vocal-keyboard-drum section is simply brilliant, adding a fresh sound to the sound. The narration, which quotes the words spoken by the priest who confronted the Witch of Wookey Hole, adds a very epic and sagaic sound and feel to the song. the choir-like vocals that follow place emphasis on the epic feel.

“The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” may only be three tracks but it lasts long enough to make it feel more like an EP. The way that Old Corpse Road mix narration with screams and grunts is amazing and the music is masterfully composed. “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” greatly demonstrates the talent and ability of Old Corpse Road. the production values are astounding as well. It’s certainly a release that fans of folk and black metal should get their hands on.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Wolfthorn – Echoes Of A Forgotten Past EP [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 13th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Wolfthorn
Album: Echoes Of A Forgotten Past
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

”Wolfthorn” are a black metal quintet from Lancaster, United Kingdom. They describe themselves as “True Lancastrian Black Metal”. British folklore from the times before the Roman and Saxon invasions is to be the inspiration for their music, including their debut EP “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past”.

“Sworn In Blood” is the first track of the EP and begins in true black metal style with a merciless guitar riff and brutal double bass pedals. The vocals are beastly, bloodthirsty and aggressive which is to be expected of any of black metal band. The track is fast paced mostly, aside from the section half way through where the pace decreases a fair bit. One thing that makes this track unique compared to most black metal releases is the use of a face-melting guitar solo. “Sworn In Blood” is a great opening track.

The second track is “Twilight In Valinor”. The intro is slow paced paced yet heavy, though it seems to be lacking of a certain musical element. However, the track improves when the tempo increases and the vocals come screaming in like a berserker. The drums are sharp and intense whilst the riffs are violent. The use of whispered vocals adds a touch of eeriness to the track. “The Mists Of Avalon” comes next with the sound of water and an echoed narration. A soft, acoustic riff follows after which is then replaced by the more aggressive electric guitars, drums and bass. The acoustic guitars reappear again, mixed with clean vocals which make the track sound more folky but the screams can still be heard on the majority of this track alongside the more brutal sections of the track, making for a contrast of sheer brilliance. “The Mists Of Avalon” is probably the best track of the album.

”Thousand Blades” is the second to last track of the EP which begins with an unrelenting riff and an aggressive yet acute drum section. The vocals are still going strong, sounding more raw and bloodthirsty than the previous tracks, which is always a good thing. The last track of the EP is “Thus Spoke The Morrigan”, which begins with the sound of footsteps treading on snow and the cawing of ravens. A calm piano medley slowly lures the listener into a ruthless onslaught of guitars, drums and screams. “Thus Spoke The Morrigan” is the perfect end to a great EP.

Wolfthorn mix a variety of old skool black metal influences combined with good ol’ fashioned British aggression to make some seriously beasty music. Wolfthorn have got the potential to usher in and pioneer the next generation of black metal and “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past” proves just that.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson