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Leather Nun America : All Your Kin

Leather Nun is a group of brain-bent riffing doomsters of uncommon talent winging straight out of California. Not the first place you think of for doom, right? Maryland, definitely. Finland, yeah. Germany, OK. But sunny California? Well, sir, I'm here to tell you that if the Golden State doesn't immediately roll off your tongue when you're talking about traditional, 'Sabbath-loving doom, it's not because Leather Nun isn't trying.

Before we go any further, music fanatics with long memories may remember another band called Leather Nun. This one was from Sweden and played a variety of industrial/goth/ABBA-worshipping music over their long career from the late 70s through the 90s. This ain't them. My guess is that these California doomsters weren't even born when those Swedes first got together, and they were definitely not born when that witch stared out at us from the front cover of the first 'Sabbath cover back in 1970. But that doesn't keep them from having a keen understanding of riffing doom as first practiced by Iommi and Co. The album cover provides a hint: This group knows the misery overlords, but they've got their own spin on things. Unpretentious. No nonsense. Sincere. The front cover may as well be a black and white detail from a Cathedral disc, but the back looks like a homemade demo. And what's with that tiny picture of a farmhouse covering part of the song titles?

Leather Nun's got the chops and the attitude, and they're forging their own brand of riffing doom, taking the best from the masters and adding their own unique contribution. Musical touchstones include the greats both old and new: 'Sabbath, Pentagram, Voodooshock, Starchild, Wall of Sleep, and Glow. Mix in a bit of a southern vibe and you've got it. We're not talking Virginny core with its dirty women and rotgut shine, but rather just a hint of stars n' bars flavor. 'All Your Kin' is a most promising album, and I for one am already up for the next one.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Overdope
2. Horsehair and Red Silk
3. Troglodyte
4. The Hunter
5. Maryland Winter
6. The Onkh
7. Urban Plight
8. Melmoth
9. The Oath

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Leather Nun America bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
Aesthetic Death
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