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The Lamp of Thoth : Cauldron of Witchery

Good old Lovecraftian horror and good old Black Sabbath style traditional doom. It has been combined before by, amongst others, Heretic's Fork and The Wandering Midget. But The Lamp Of Thoth presents proof that there is room for at least one more of the kind. The proof comes in the form of the tracks 'Sunshine' and 'Frost & Fire' which both have what it takes to become classics. Slow, catchy and with lyrics that you'll not only remember, but you'll be singing along with them after no less than three spins of the record. Once that's done they'll stay with you. The shame is that, to my ears, the other tracks do not live up to this high standard. In fact the two last tracks - who are live recordings, by the way - does, according to me, lie below the average mark. They're also a bit too up-tempo to be considered true doom metal.

I often find myself comparing The Lamp Of Thoth with Doomenicus. The musical style is indeed quite similar, but most notably the vocalists are even more alike. If I were to focus on the differences between them then The Lamp Of Thoth has probably taken a course that's a little more oldschool than Doomenicus. This in turn results in them having a little more groove as well. But as with Doomenicus I find that this Finnish trio are in their ace when churning out slow, heavy and laid-back tracks with a strong focus on the twists in the vocals of The Overtly Melancholic Lord Strange (yes, that is his artist name).

If you are still wondering whether or not this release is something you should hunt down then you're likely not familiar with any of the bands I've already mentioned, so I'll mention a few more for good measure: Reverend Bizarre, Candlemass, Eternal Elysium, and Warchetype. Also, the vinyl lovers should know that this CD was originally released as a 10" a year before (without the bonus tracks). 'Cauldron Of Witchery' has, like most smaller releases, never really gotten the acclaim it deserves. The two really good tracks on this disk really deserves more attention.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Lamp Of Thoth
2. Sunshine
3. Frost & Fire
4. Blood On Satan's Claw [bonus track]
5. Into The Lair Of The Gorgon [bonus track]

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes.

Visit the The Lamp of Thoth bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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