OHHMS – The Fool Review

Released by: OHHMS
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Genre: Doom/Stoner Metal

Links:
Bandcamp: https://ohhms.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OHHMStheband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ohhmstheband?lang=en

 

Lineup:

Guitar: Daniel Sargent
Guitar: Marc George
Vocals: Paul Waller
Bass: Chainy Chainy
Drums: Max Newton
Tracklist:

1. Shuffle, Cut, and Reveal
2. The Magician
3. The Hanged Man
4. The World
5. The Lovers
6. The Hierophant

 

After releasing a couple EP’s in 2014 and 2015, OHHMS has released their first full-length album, and it’s about 60 minutes worth of all the fuzz you can handle. OHHMS formed in 2014 in Kent, UK, and these guys lay down some heavy ass riffs.

‘Shuffle, Cut, and Reveal’ starts the album with an acoustic intro, which quickly changes pace, to a chaotic, sludgy metal in the song ‘The Magician’. Which is a quick paced gem, that has an almost melodic middle part that could qualify for a sludgy prog metal, if there is such a sound? The twisting song ‘The Hanged Man’ is up next, which continues the hard hitting pounding riffs. And by the time ‘The World’ kicks in, you realize that this is heavy shit on this album.

A change of pace comes when ‘The Lovers’ starts. This eight-minute love song was a bit unexpected as we listened to this record. A slow song, with almost mesmerizing vocals, make this one hard to ignore as a standout, simply for the fact of it being so different than the rest of the songs on this album. Waller, and guest vocalist Sienna Holihan, who does some siren-like singing in this one, sound simply amazing. We like that the band is not afraid to take on a different sound, and proves it with this one.

This album rolls along its gloomy path and culminates its chaotic ending in the 21-minute song ‘The Hierophant’. It has a lengthy drone beginning before a heavy, slow, low-tuned sound takes over. This is a great finisher, and you couldn’t ask for anything better, or more fitting, than this song. It has so many twists and turns musically you can’t keep count.

‘The Fool’ is a strong release in a genre that just keeps piling up new albums in 2017 at a record pace. In a cool twist, each copy of the album has three Tarot cards included, that gives the person who buys it a personal Tarot reading.The vocals are fantastic throughout the album, changing with the music from one style of singing to another. You definitely have to grab a copy of this record if you’re into doom/ stoner/psychedelic rock.

 

Written by: Pam and Mark Schaff

Ratings: 8/10

 

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