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Wooden Stake : Wooden Stake - Druid Lord Split

Wooden Stake versus Druid Lord. Result: two bands that jump onto the Doom wagon, bringing nothing new.

Occult Doom meets old school Doom/Death; as boring as it it may be, you have to resign to it: Doom has become the new Underground trend. My witnesses will be those two American bands, both founded in 2010 and having released their first album the same year, without any previous rehearsal or demo, but solely upon the good fame of their line-up and membersí experience in various other better known bands (Equinox, Acheron, Encoffination ...). Suddenly, any fan of Death, Thrash or Black discovers he has a soft spot for Doom, a music he used to shit on only 5 years ago, and suddently a lot of underground labels change sides and speak of Saint Vitus as if they had known the great era of Hellhound Records.

After this old cuntís tirade, letís talk a bit of the musical interest of the object, shall we? Wooden Stake offer a very well executed occult Doom but without any new ideas which shows that the duet (also members of Scaremaker, loathsome, Encoffination ...) has perfectly assimilated the Death SS / Abysmal Grief for Dummies'. If there are no new ideas, the result is still very enjoyable and makes you want to hear more of the same band. The female vocals, especially, is what allows Wooden Stake to stand out of the crowd.

Druid Lord is the 2/3 of Equinox, a Black/Thrash/Death band of Floridian Tony Blakk. Here, our guy Tony gives into Doom/Death in the Winter / Sorrow / Mythic style. So murky and muddy, sometimes closer to pure old school mid-tempo Death (think Asphyx, or Morpheus Descends), and again without any new idea but well executed.

So, this 7" EP is a good starting point to discover the two bands, and the tracks offered are good enough to not be too picky. Itís also fair to ask a question: what will be really left of those two side-projects in the next two years?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Wooden Stake 1.In the godless Moonlight

Druid Lord 1.Black Candle Seance

Duration : Approx.

Visit the Wooden Stake bandpage.

Reviewed on 2010-12-16 by Laurent Lignon
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