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Heavy Lord : The Holy Grail

From Hellevoetsluis, the Netherlands, hails the Heavy Lord. The Heavy Lord loves sludge, and the Heavy Lord loves DOOM. That's basically all you need to know about this fine self-released piece of work. But those two words probably aren't enough to convince everyone, so allow me to clarify the matter.

Heavy Lord is a young four-piece that dedicates its music to the gods of DOOM, which include Electric Wizard and Crowbar. That this is a suitable dedication quickly becomes clear when one hears this album. Quite simply these are six songs that brim with energy and, above all, heaviness. The themes, the riffs, the vocals, the grooviness, it's all there.

The songs contain great riffs, interesting tempo changes (headbanging is compulsory!) and highly varied vocals. The last thing is emphasized by the appearance of Thee Plague of Gentlemen's Steve McMillan as guest vocalist on 'Fuck The Shining Sun' (in case you were wondering what 'F.T.S.S.' stood for, there you have it).

This is no clone band, this simply a band doing a good thing, and that is operating within a tradition that is loved by a good few, instead of trying to follow a certain trend or movement within metal or music in general. As such, this is highly underground stuff, but nevertheless the album has a good sound quality for a self-release. And, I may say it often, but this is one of those bands you'd have to see live to fully appreciate.

In short, this is nothing too spectacular or innovating, but it is definitely great music for those who have a taste for Doom in the vein of aforementioned bands and also bands like Unearthly Trance or Warhorse. These people will certainly not be disappointed by' The Holy Grail' and I warmly recommend this release.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Holy Grail
2. Dope Smoking Days
3. Magician of Black Chaos
4. Baphomets March
5. Gods of DOOM
6. F.T.S.S.

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

Visit the Heavy Lord bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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