Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An Interview With WOUNDED GIANT

 

Wounded Giant first came to my attention back in 2013 when they released their excellent debut album – Lightning Medicine. Fast forward 4 years later and the guys have returned with their stunning new album – Vae Victus.

A different sounding album to their debut album but one that will still appeal to long-tme fans of the band. The sound maybe more experimental, doomier and progressive but it's good to see that Wounded Giant haven't lost the art of writing a PURE HEAVY FUCKING EVIL RIFF!!!

Wounded Giant have teamed up with STB Records to release the album and managed to drag legendary producer Billy Anderson along for the ride. It's time to find out more about Wounded Giant. Alex (Drums) and Mark (Bass) from the band have kindly agreed to this interview.

Can you give a brief history of how the band came about and where it is today.

Alex: Bobby James & I started Wounded Giant about 6 or so years ago. We both worked at the same bar in Seattle and liked each others other bands we had going on. When those bands started fizzing out we were like, " shit man lets jam." We always called having a safety meeting/ "shift drink" at work "Getting Wounded" so I brought forward the name Wounded Giant, based off the ol'groomer that came out of a tunnel cave in Colorado and spoke of such groom. But that's a whole other story and night of drinking.

I was jamming with Dylan in another band called O.S.S. (occult secret service), he loved heavy rock n roll, so it worked out perfect bringing him in on bass. We hit the road hard for 4 years or so, then some devastation occurred after recording Vae Victis so Bobby & I decided to go our separate ways from Dylan. Mark Haber had been a long time homie and fit the part perfectly so it was an easy addition bringing him into the band, and here we are today.

Mark: The band had been around for years before I joined. Alex and Bobby approached me in late 2016 about coming on board and playing bass with Wounded Giant, and I jumped at the chance. I've known these dudes for years, and it was a natural fit to play with them. They liked what I brought to the table, so when they offered me the job after the second practice I of course said yes. Easiest decision ever!

How would you describe your overall sound?

Alex: Heavy Rock n Roll, Groom from the womb to the tomb.

MarkHeavy af.


So we are here to talk about your new album – Vae Victus. What can people expect from the album?

MarkThey can expect to learn it's the second album. Haha!

Alex: Definitely a change from Lightning Medicine. A bands first album your all about finding & exploring your groove and sound. With Vae Victis we found it.

What influenced you all when recording the album?

Alex: Devastation & being pissed, losing a massive amount of friends over the years, getting fired from jobs, being broke, and overcoming drug addictions.

Was it a fulfilling or frustrating experience recording the album?

Alex: It was amazing


What is the overall theme of the album?

Alex: Pissed.

Vae Victus has a different and progressive feel to your debut album – Lightning Medicine. Was that the plan to release something different.

Alex: Yes

I loved that album as it was one of my faves in 2013. Looking back would you change anything about that album or would you leave it the way it is?

Alex: The production could have been bigger, but honestly probably one of the funniest recordings I've ever done. Wouldn't change a thing. We camped out 4 days at our buddies recording studio, bbq'd it up, smoked ridiculous amounts of weed and drank a stupid amount of tequila.

You recorded with Billy Anderson for your new album. How was that experience like. What does Billy bring to the Wounded Giant sound.

Alex: It was great working with Billy. We have been friends for years so there was already that level of comfortable-ness. He really helps find a bands best and bring it out, nailed the drum sound I was looking for to a T!!

Did Billy give you any important tips when making the album.

Alex: He let us do our thing, but would chime in if something sounded off.


Will you be touring this record heavily in the United States.

Alex: Yes, and hopefully getting overseas as well.

Mark: We're currently setting up tours for mid and late summer, so expect to see us later this year.

The album is being released on STB Records How did that come about. One of the best DIY labels around.

Alex: Nothing but love for Steve and STB

Did you have any offers from other labels.

Alex: STB rules, Steve approached us awhile back with a split offer. That's when the Wounded/Goya split happened. We developed an awesome relationship with his since then. We had many other options and offers when Vae Victis came along but STB is just us!! our style D.I.Y. punk hardcore metal roots and the overall love for the bands and the quality of work put forth. Not these other labels that jump on a cool hot sound for the moment.

It's being released on the legendary vinyls that Steve STB produces. Did you have any input into the overall design of the final package. Or did you let Steve STB do his thing.

Alex: We're all about Steve doing his thing.

What is the song-writing dynamic in the band. Is it a group participation or down to one individual.

Alex: Bobby writes the words, and presents a good amount of the riffs, then we as a whole structure and create the song.

Mark: As the new guy, I've only had the privilege of writing one song with WG, but I can tell you it's definitely a collaboration.

Are you all involved with different musical projects or is Wounded Giant your main band.

Alex: At the moment Mark plays bass and fronts 'Blame the Wizards' and I play drums in UN (Seattle's heaviest funeral doom)

Mark: My other project is called "Blame the Wizards". We're kinda stoner-rock GWAR. It's a newer project, but we have our self-titled EP out on Spotify.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

Alex: Thank you for all your support and hope to see you out on the road soon

Mark: The ride so far has been amazing. So happy to be a part of the Wounded Giant family. Can't wait to get out on the road and support "Vae Victus"!!!


Well guys, thanks for doing this. All the best with the new album. Stunning record. Loud and noisy as hell.

Words by Steve Howe and Wounded Giant

Thanks to Jadd for arranging this interview and for Wounded Giant for doing the interview.

Vae Victis will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via STB Records from April 01st 2017.

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Pallbearer - Heartless (Album Review)


Release date: March 24th 2017. Label: Profound Lore Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Heartless – Tracklisting

1.I Saw The End 06:21
2.Thorns 05:24
3.Lie Of Survival 08:25
4.Dancing In Madness 11:47
5.Cruel Road 07:13
6.Heartless 08:09
7.A Plea For Understanding 12:40

Members:

Brett Campbell - Vocals/Guitar
Devin Holt - Guitar
Joseph D. Rowland - Bass
Mark Lierly - Drums


Review

Pallbearer is among the best in providing the solitary musical role and that particular ceremonial escort to accompany you through life’s difficult journey. Their previous albums are among the best in doom related milestones. ‘Heartless” is an expansion of that past, a virtual montage of perplex sound and mystifying sight experience. This is a fairly technical album that is layered with dissimilar sounds overlapping, coming and going and mostly bursting with rich texture, all culminating in an intertwined and interesting album expedition.

Pallbearer are bending metal and bridging doom into a new perspective in progressive rock energy. They ring out their collective hearts, bringing a somatic sundown on the theory that the brain is just a bundle of electrical impulses and asks us to witness the spiritual sunrise as it unravels a bloom of hopeful impressions. The album cover is an image of reflected togetherness through a timeless illustrated style that will survive in your memory for quite some time.

The sheer magnitude of this release can turn ground to liquid, yet does so without violence. It takes time to absorb all the intricacies and delicacies of this enormous work. I suggest multiple listens in order for your mind sponge to achieve maximum swell. Seven tracks represent the numerous ornamental facades in the mountainside that come to life and inspire these gentlemen of doom.

I Saw the End is a superb introduction, articulating that expertise is the collapse of surplus junk. This is the ideal representation of the classic styled progression initiated by the bending of metal and the bridging of doom.

Thorns is a song of heavy, boundless riffs accompanied by 6-string spearheads which takes flight through vocal properties that give it a pair of hefty wings.

Lie Of Survival is a remarkably designed piece of sound constructed with indulgent inceptions, raptured guitars, a perfect rhythm section, some circling synths and superiorly elevated vocals. You can actually feel your soul move within you.

Dancing in Madness is stacked as a lengthy, heavy and pervasive-progressive art rock immersion.

Cruel Road - the notorious slump in all of us is prodded along into additional dimensions with this densely distorted commanding mastication of old and new doom.

Heartless is a symphonic metal arrangement demonstrating causal sound in contradiction with all its occupied vibrations and audible flares analogous to our plotted nature and connived future.

A Plea for Understanding - majestic choral harmonies of lyrical revelation flourish amidst surreal soundscapes that set the stage in preparation of the great discovery of perfect sonic chemistry released from the depth of humanity. This is pure elemental imagination. This is why music is considered art. Holy smokes.

I still don’t understand the great and mysterious forces working within this band, but they are definitely worth the heed if you make the time.

Heartless’ is a royal symbol that could only be associated with the kings of ethereal doom. This record is on a precipice and is unquestionably an essential release for Pallbearer, as well as, all of us.

Words by Nick Palmisano

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sparrowmilk - Articles Of Separation (Album Review)


Release date: February 15th 2017. Label: Kultland Recordings. Format: CD/DD

Articles Of Separation – Tracklisting

1.Mars in the 7th House 06:11
2.Western Reserve 05:40
3.Book of Armaments 08:43
4.Sons of Neptune 06:53
5.Black Night Satellite 08:14
6.Wolf Egg 08:28
7.Hollow Moon 09:41
8.Erie Depths 07:44
9.Teeth of the Hound 04:58

Members:

Tomasz Scull (drums)
Erin Corcoran (bass & sounds)
Joe Fortunato (guitar & sounds)

Review

Sparrowmilk is comprised of members of Venomin James, Ancient Vvisdom and Doomstress. However these guys are purely an instrumental doom metal band with moments of psychedelic rock and sludge metal appearing on their epic debut album – Articles Of Separation

Sure the album maybe slightly overlong but if you're a fan of progressive instrumental doom metal then Sparrowmilk have a few surprises on this superb album. Most of the tracks follow the same pattern with the band performing progressive doom/sludge grooves with a few spaced out riffs appearing here and there.

The first few songs - Mars In The 7th House, Western Reserve, and Book Of Amendments – sees Sparrowmilk play their heavy thunderous riffs that have a grizzled feel to them. The instrumental work is brilliantly progressive at times as the band create some fantastic fuzzy psychedelic space rock moments.

Sparrowmilk have quite a talent for playing straight-forward heavy doom based rock to the more aggressive Sludge/Post-Metal style environments that appear on later parts of the album. Other great tracks to check out are: Sons Of Neptune, Wolf Egg, Hollow Moon and Erie Depths.

The production of the album is very good indeed as you can feel the doom and gloom atmospherics held on the album. It's cool that the band included Kent Stump (Wo Fat) to master the album. It gives the album an extra layer of Doom/Stoner Metal credibility.

Maybe the band could have left a couple songs off the album as it runs past the 65 minute mark. Though if you're in the mood for an exciting and action packed ride then this is the album for you. It's good to see Sparrowmilk have their own sound and are not copying from other instrumental bands within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene.

Articles Of Separation is a must have album. No question. Check these guys out now.

Words by Steve Howe

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An Interview with MOTHERSLOTH


MotherSloth! What’s the name! Here in Russia we have a proverb about “mummy sloth” who makes one postpone their cases and lay back doing nothing. The Spanish power trio is pretty active indeed.

Moon Omen” is their second full-length release and it seen the light of day on March 3rd with the help of Argonauta Records. “Shadow Witch”, “Doomsday Cyborg”, “Moon Omen” are nice names for nice doom songs, isn’t it? Low and distorted riffs, melodic tunes and mammoth heaviness – these are the features of new MotherSloth.

They’re bulky, they’re psychedelic, they’re professionals who naturally deliver really cogent stuff. I had few questions to the band, and suddenly guys took a decision to answer as a whole band. Let me introduce you Oscar (drums), Dani (guitars, vocals) and Moline (bass)!

Salute MotherSloth! How are you? What's going on in your camp?

Oscar: Hello, we're fine, just started promoting our new album with a couple gigs in Spain, doing alright.

Dani: Yeah! Moon Omen is on the street fresh out of the oven!

Moline: Hi, there!

The thing I must ask you first is the origin of band's name, it sounds very Russian. We have a kind of proverb here about “mommy sloth”; so how did you figure out it?

Oscar: Nothing to do with Russia or proverbs, we just tried to find words related to the concepts of slow motion, laziness, and try to reflect that with a sound. Sloths are fun animals to watch by the way!

Dani: I’m going to look into that “mommy sloth” thing!

I remember how tight and solid the band did sound on “Moribund Star” debut. How long did that previous lineup members know each other?

Oscar: We started in 2008, but I reckon the sound is more a thing related to the fact that we did not want to add many spices to our recipe, we wanted it to be raw and heavy.

MotherSloth – Hazy Blur of Life

What did influence on your vision of how the band must sound? What are your main requirements to your own songs?

Oscar: We basically start from different points every time, not necessarily with an idea in mind, often we let the song take us somewhere, so there are not many rules to follow, as long as the result pleases us.

Dani: Lately, I imagine guitar riffs out of nowhere, and then months down the road, I start figuring out the indirect influences from where they might have come from. But I’m happy it’s not a thing about sounding like a certain band already out there.

Moline: Freedom. I guess it's better to just follow the song wherever it takes you.

It seems that you love distortion and different sound effects. What makes you pay so much attention to it?

Oscar: Actually, we started trying those sounds in the studio, our producer Adrian Hidalgo suggested we use them and we ended up adding those. The same for the bass guitar, we wanted it to literally blow your speakers. If we could add distortion to the drums, it would be there!

Dani: we want to add a gong to the live show, and already have a theremin going on as well.

Oscar: Haha, a gong!! That would be fun to play!



MotherSloth started as an almost absolutely instrumental band, there's just one track with vocals on “Moribund Star”. Now you have “Moon Omen”, and there are a lot of vocals! What happened?

Oscar: Not entirely true, our first studio work, was an EP called Hazy Blur of Life, check it out.
What happened was, the singer left us and we really wanted to continue, and not wait until another singer appeared so we started working on many songs we had that were instrumental. Luckily Dani joined in time to sing Dry Tears on our first LP.

Dani: I was a big fan before joining the band, I remember I went to see MotherSloth live in Madrid when I came back from living in Berlin and I recalled the band being so much better when it had a stable formation. I thought I could help by joining in and giving a stable voice to the project again, and it seems like it’s working so far!

You recorded this album with new bass-player Adrian Moline, how did this record session differ from the one you spent making “Moribund Star”?

Oscar: It was very different, our previous bass player Alex, was really a guitar player, so he did what he could. Before him, we had Ivan on bass, who recorded the song Death Flower for that album, and soon left the band. Adrian is an awesome bass player with a proper bassist feel and dexterity so it was an entirely different situation.

Your way to “Moon Omen” took almost 3 years, how did you spend this period? And do you have some completed tracks that weren’t included in the album?

Oscar: We started MotherSloth with the intention of recording one album per year. Unfortunately, this has not been possible to do in the practice although we had plenty of material to choose from. It has been basically a time of personnel changes and plans that had not been achieved. For this album, we had a couple of songs that were not completed, written by the previous guitarist, we simply decided not to use them and moved on from there.

Dani: MotherSloth has a demo archive larger than the Kilimanjaro, the only thing in the way of recording was the constant lineup change. But that’s cleared out of the way for good now, there will soon be a 4th album!

MotherSloth – Wish for Dawn

What did you want to express through this material both lyrically and technically?

Oscar: We wanted to go back to our musical roots. On Moribund Star we were in the middle of a journey, one that took us to desert sounds, stoner if you want to use a label. But in the past, we had more of a doom vibe, and I wanted to recuperate it.

Some of the lyrics are based on personal experiences, dreams, others are based on fantasy, we would love to be able create our own mythology with names, places and things like that. We had a concept for the album but we did not want it to be a conceptual album with linked songs. But we feel happy we have been able to express and suggest this concept musically, as some people had told us.

I just read a couple of reviews where it says our music has a Dario Argento vibe, you know, Italian horror films, perhaps all those elements that are present in your background as an artist start to slip in at a point and then you have a mix of influences , in our case, sci-fi, horror flicks, comics, literature. I guess those elements can also be felt in what we do.


What's the band's evolution on Moon Omen? How do you feel objective signs of your growth?

Dani: Well, a good sign of our growth is that we have Argonauta Records (Italy), Stone Groove Records (USA) and Voodoo Chamber Records (Germany) backing us up with our releases. And the album is selling from the US all the way to Japan and Australia. We’ve gotta keep it up!

Oscar: Another thing can be the fact that we now feel very comfortable working together and are able to take decisions quickly, in this year and the last one the band has been very active and we are ready to make a step forward into the next level.

How much of Spain is in your music?

Dani: Well, we love Spain, but it is hard to get your music out there over here, there are a lot of classic heavy metal fans, but for other metal styles the audience is a minority. In Moribund Star there was a clear Spanish influence, but I think Moon Omen has gone back to our American roots (USA, PerĂº).

Moline: There’s a growing underground Stoner scene around here. Lots of bands that make you trip and also shake your booty. That gives me hope that Doom is next!

Let’s resume – what are MotherSloth plans for 2017?

Oscar: Touring, in the summer we will finish writing our next album, we are already working on some ideas such as artwork and some songs are ready. Some of them will definitely be played in our upcoming shows.

This year will also see our first video clip, done also independently with the help of Cow Army prod, for the song Shadow Witch. We are happy with the results , and are thinking of doing another one. Visuals are a great way to express ideas and concepts too, something to add to our songs . It's the perfect element to enhance our music and make your trip complete.

Dani: Yeah! The 4th album in our minds and plans. We have gained a lot of momentum!

Moline: We want to play live and enjoy crafting new songs.

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and MotherSloth

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MotherSloth - Moon Omen (Album Review)


Release date: March 03rd 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Moon Omen – Tracklisting

1.Shadow Witch 07:06
2.Once Human 05:50
3.The Firemill 07:20
4.Doomsday Cyborg 06:49
5.Wish For Dawn 06:55
6.Moon Omen 09:06

Members:

Oscar: drums
Daniel: voice / guitars
Moline: bass guitar

Review

If you're expecting Moribund Star Part 2 then you're going to be extremely disappointed. As Moon Omen is a very different album from MotherSloth. It's a more progressive and experimental album compared to Moribund Star.

It's a brilliantly produced album. I can't deny that. It even has some intriguing and well executed concepts throughout the album. It's just that compared to Moribund Star which I'm a huge fan of, Moon Omen doesn't quite match up in terms of overall enjoyment. That's not too say it's a bad album. Far from it. It's a very good album indeed. I was expecting so much more.

If you're a fan of experimental and almost avant garde Doom/Sludge Metal then you will find much to enjoy here. MotherSloth do create stunning riffs on tracks such as Shadow Witch, Once Human and the awesome title track – Moon Omen.

The vocals are another highlight with Daniel showing his impressive vocal range throughout the album. I enjoyed the Alice In Chains grunge style theatrics that the band include on certain parts of the album. It seems that MotherSloth have taken influence from YOB and Pallbearer on this album as you can hear familiar sounds especially with guitars.

I can see why MotherSloth wanted to make a different album to Moribund Star. On that album you could see they were a forward thinking band who are willing to take risks with their music. Even if it meant losing some of their original fan-base. I'm still a fan and I admire their decision in making an album such as this. The album is already receiving it's fair share of praise. If this was the first time I heard MotherSloth then I would absolutely love this album. It's that I hold Moribund Star in such high regard that I can't stop comparing the two albums.

If you're a fan of Experimental Sludge/Doom Metal then you will no doubt enjoy this album. It's a brave and exciting album at times. Though I will be listening to Moribund Star more than Moon Omen. Though I have a feeling this is an album that I will be revisiting in the future and changing my mind about. Until then.......

Make your own decisions about Moon Omen.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to NeeCee Agency and Argonauta Records for the promo. Moon Omen is available to buy now from Argonauta Records on CD/DD

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Green Meteor - Consumed By A Dying Sun (Album Review)


Release date: April 21st 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Consumed By A Dying Sun – Tracklisting

01. Acute Emerald Elevation
02. Sleepless Lunar Dawn
03. In the Shadow of Saturn
04. Mirrored Parabola Theory
05. Consumed by a Dying Sun

Members

Amy: Explorations of the 6 Degrees of Freedom
Leta: Celestial Summoning & 6th Level Sonic Complexities
Tony: Anti-Gravitational Percussive Reverberations Through Time Space Continuum
Algar: Anti-Cosmic Astral Verses & Journeys into the 4th Dimension


Review

Another day and time for another release from Argonauta Records. This time with Green Meteor's debut album - Consumed By A Dying Sun. A band that play cosmic and spaced out Psychedelic Stoner/Sludge riffs. A band influenced by some of the most notable legendary bands of the last twenty to thirty years or so but with a more space rock edge.

Opening track - Acute Emerald Elevation - is a strong song to open the album with as it shows you the full picture of Green Meteor with heavy distorted SLEEP style riffs with a high amount of distortion being added at different parts of the song. The vocals adds different touch as I haven't heard many female led vocals within the Spaced Out Stoner Rock field. The psychedelic noises add a nice touch with the riffs and vocals building up to a heavy momentum. The lyrics aren't the most original you'll ever hear but they get the job done as Green Meteor providing a thrilling song to open the album with.

Second track - Sleepless Lunar Dawn - adds a spoken word soundclip that matches the out of world atmospherics the band are currently creating. This is perhaps the standout song on the album as Green Meteor create a barrage of fast paced riffs with the heavy guitars and drumming interacting almost perfectly with each other. The song lasts for ten minutes and you can't help but lose yourself in the epic spaced out riffs. The vocals impress yet again with a more confident approach compared to the opening track. The song offers its fair share of slow paced and fast paced riffs. Green Meteor impresses the most with the faster style of riffs as their music has a sense of urgency about them. The music becomes more focused as the band leaves the distorted noises behind.

Third track - In The Shadow Of Saturn - sees Green Meteor return to heavier distorted sound they opened the album with. This is a much more doomier and sludgier effort from the band. I don't know if it's just me but one part of the song sounds very familiar to Nirvana at times. Very good idea if this was intentional.

The final two tracks - Mirrored Parabola Theory and Consumed By A Dying Sun offers ten minutes of more psychedelic spaced out vibes with Consumed By A Dying Sun impressing the most. Mirrored Parabola Theory is perhaps the most straight forward Doom/Stoner Metal song on the album as Green Meteor opts for a Monster Magnet style delivery with their music though the vocals are slightly off key at times. Consumed By A Dying Sun has a more punk driven sound compared to the earlier songs. It's simple but so effective especially matched with the albums earlier sounds. A great song to end the album with.

The production of the album is good though there are a few parts where everything is too quiet at times. Other than that, Consumed By A Dying Sun is a loud, boisterous and thrilling album from start to finish. This will appeal to a wide range of fans within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to NeeCee Agency for the promo. Consumed By A Dying Sun will be available to buy on CD/DD via Argonauta Records from April 21st 2017.

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Wounded Giant - Vae Victis (Album Review)


Release date: April 01st 2017. Label: STB Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Vae Victus – Tracklisting

1.Vae Victis 09:30
2.Dysthiest 06:20
3.Immanentize The Eschaton (Jim Jones Instrumental) 04:43
4.Scum Of The Earth 07:03
5.The Room Of The Torch 07:36
6.Green Scar 06:09

Members:

Dylan A. Rogers. - Bassworshipper
Alex Bytnar. - Drumworshipper
Bobby James. -Riffworshipper

Review

Wounded Giant make a welcome return after a lengthy four year absence from their debut album - Lightning Medicine. Sure they've released an EP's and split record but this time they've come back stronger than ever with their new album - Vae Victis. Newly signed to STB Records, the guys have not only teamed up with that awesome label but they have also called upon the talents of legendary producer Billy Anderson to produce their new album.

Vae Victis sees Wounded Giant create a more diverse and progressive sound heard on their debut album. Though fans of their debut album will be treated to some familiar sounds spliced throughout the album. Vae Victis has a more Melvins/Soundgarden influenced style of sound. It works as their familiar Doom/Stoner riffs hold everything together.

The opening title track is ten minutes of twisted and distorted noise rock driven sounds that owes a huge debt to The Melvins but it's still a song that sees Wounded Giant create their own sound. The song is quite political at times with sharp, bleak and social conscience lyrics adding quite a rebellious punk feel to Wounded Giant's sound. The song offers moments of heavy pounding sludge grooves and it's perhaps the albums standout track. The sound is very raw from the start but with Billy Anderson involved it still sounds superb.

Second track - Dysthiest - offers a more gloomy style of Doom/Stoner Rock with grungier sounds making a commanding appearance with the band offering another subtle take on the modern world. The heavy drumming and guitars are the main standout with the vocals not too far behind. You can hear elements of nineties style Noise Rock slowly playing in the background as the band move that little further away from the music they created on their debut album. This has song has a more world weary approach but fans of Doom and Stoner Metal can fully appreciate this track.

Third track - Immanentize The Eschaton - is the most gloomiest and depressing song on the album as Wounded Giant blend gloomy atmospherics with a touch of Occult Rock appearing with the cool organs playing throughout. The band adds heavier moments as the song progresses. Another standout track on the album. The song has a very minimal approach but the political message contained within the song that speaks major volumes.

The final three songs on the album - Scum Of The Earth, The Room Of The Torch and Green Scar carry on the political and social messages the band delivers but told through the power of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. The atmosphere can be very experimental at times as Wounded Giant play a wide different style of sounds though remaining a true Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal band. The vocals are once again sung with precise anger and that blends perfectly well with the heavy grungy sounds the band surrender themselves to.

The final three songs range from six to seven minutes in length. So expect moments of pure distorted heaviness and sonic experimentation.

Truth be told, it took me a long time to fully appreciate this album as my first listen it left me rather cold by the whole experience. I've only enjoyed it with multiple listens and listening closely to the lyrics that I started to fully appreciate what an epic and stunning album this really is. My final thoughts on Vae Victis are that Wounded Giant has exceeded themselves with this album. As it's a spellbinding take on all things Rock, Metal and everything in between.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Jadd for the promo. Vae Victis will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via STB Records from April 01st 2017.

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