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Gallow God : False Mystical Prose

Gallow God make the bridge between Trad and extreme Doom.

There’s always been some kind of void between aficionados of Traditional Doom and lovers of the most extreme stuff. Sure, some of us are not too stubborn or narrow-minded and can appreciate both sides of the coin, but was there ever a band that did marry such antagonistic styles and fit them together in almost perfect harmony? If there ever was such a band, I don’t have the slightest recollection about it. Maybe we only had to wait for Gallow God.

Formed back in 2009 in Great Britain, they released False Mystical Prose on PsycheDOOMelic late last year and boy, what four awesome tracks! Mixing the Traditional feel of such monsters like Warning or Black Sabbath, the English quartet delivers Traditional Doom laced with more than vague hints at Extreme Doom.

Each track is a cleverly chiseled diamond with plenty of facets that sometimes shine like Thergothon, sometimes are very reminiscent of the light cast by Cathedral’s own jewel: Forest of Equilibrium. The sound and musical codes of Doom Death, or even more extreme Doom, mixed with the epic feel of Traditional Doom without sounding awkward or stiff. Sure the few growled parts found in the last two tracks may feel a bit over the edge for someone subscribing to the Circle of True Doom, but these two songs sure don't walk with a limp.

There is such a flurry of influences on such a limited amount of time that it’d be painful to list them all. Rest assured: all of them are nicely rendered and it never feels as if the band were plagiarizing that band or this band, but simply putting together the best of both worlds.

Now let’s the kill the cat and be some more curious as to what their debut will sound like. Chances are we’re in for something groundbreaking. Meanwhile, I enjoin you to yield to the power of False Mystical Prose and to visit their label’s site to make it your own.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Sin and Doom of Godless Men
2. The Emissary
3. Summon the Rune Wizard
4. Ship of Nails

Duration : Approx. 38 minutes

Visit the Gallow God bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-03-23 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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