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Friday, December 3, 2010

The Wizar'd - Pathways Into Darkness

The Wizar'd used to be a medicore, slightly underinspired trad.doom band. It took them 6 years and numerous releases to find their sound and create something really worthy. 2010's "Pathways Into Darkness" brings us great, harsh trad.doom with amazing expressive vocals. Yeah, the singer is bad. But was Ozzy a good singer, technically? No. Is Albert Witchfinder? Not really. Ol' Rusty Vintage Wizard Master (hail cheesy doom stage names) has this raw, indeed rusty voice and he's finally not affraid to use it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jucifer / Show of Bedlam split

I dig it when a split has a "famous" and a new band facing each other. Though both collectives are "new" for me, as this is the first time I'm exposed to either of them. Two 'girly' bands. "Female fronted metal". You know, like Nightwish and Evanescence.
Jucifer deliever a fair dose of harsh punkish sludge(core). Now, Show of Bedlam is a promising newcomer, with a mix of retro, psychedelic sound, doom and twisted female vocals. My personal favourite is "Miss Johnny Shirt", where the vocal palette includes spoken word, 70's singing and screams.