|When you've got the word Goblin in your name, you're travelling with some pretty heavy company. First, there's the 70s prog band of that name. Have you heard the soundtrack from 'Suspiria'? They've got some pretty scary heavy prog going on there. Of course you know Orange Goblin, one of England's heaviest (and best) bands.|
So what does King Goblin have to offer? Well sir, these young Japanese are probably nutty enough to pull the whole name thing off. The first track, 'Devil's Formula', is some heavy groovin' metal, with an emphasis on the metal. These guys are rooted in death metal but are moving slowly into doom and beyond. You'll hear Carcass and Brutal Truth in the mix, with bloody bits and pieces of King Crimson, Cathedral, and maybe some Atomic Rooster as well. And yes, they've heard of 'Goblin! The second track, 'Black Mountain (Birmingham Queen)' starts off slow, ponderous, and doomy before hitting some sludge-heavy jamming, while 'Red Rum' is just plain weird, with the vocals used for sound effect purposes and the music going from free-form to 'Crimson.
The music here is as tight as a hot-welded bolt covered in rust. The only problem I have is with the death/black guttural vocals, which could use a little work. All in all, a solid effort by a group that could easily tour with the mighty doom lords, Church of Misery. Now THAT would be mayhem!
1. Red Rum
2. Devil's Formula
3. Black Mountain (Birmingham Queen)
Duration : Approx. 20 minutes
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