|The Brits (or should I say the Brets?) are back! The duo has shortened its name, dropping the "Heathen Doom" part, and refined its style. [note by admin.: Their homepage states that's it's not their name that's shorter, but that The Bretwaldas' is an abbrevation of their full name.] Indeed, there's less doom on 'Battle Staffs In The Mushroom Woods', but the Heathen part is still there in lyrics, feeling and spirit.|
This new album is perhaps a bit less varied than the last one, 'Droner', but in this case, this isn't bad at all. It is as if The Bretwaldas' have dropped a bit of excess baggage, and decided to focus on what they do best: making rallying heavy metal that makes you want to raise your banner and rush out into some unknown glory. These are nine gripping tracks, mostly up-tempo, with a tinge of black metal, doom, and raw punkish feeling. The vocals are sort of scraping, a bit like Motorhead's Lemmy; especially tracks like 'Paths of River Root and Stone', and the excellent 'Beneath the Eaves' exude a primal British energy that's hard to resist.
Not the doomiest album, as you may have noticed, but instead a damn fine piece of rousing metal. If you dig a bit of that pure, raw metal feeling, you'll definitely dig this!
1. The Haunted Ride
2. Paths of River Root and Stone
3. Ship of Nails
4. A Thousand Blackened Whispers
5. Old Walls, Wild Woods
6. Iron Skies
7. Beneath the Eaves
8. Hwicce Fif Ans
9. Blood of Gods and Men
Duration : Approx. 41 minutes
Visit the Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom bandpage.