Released by: Dead Box Records
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Dr Hell – Vocals, Guitars
Brother Pain – Guitars
Princess Luxury – Keyboards
Kraven Morrdeth – Bass
Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist – Drums
1 – Skulls of our Enemies
2 – Red Riding Hood
3 – Way to Die
4 – The Magician
6 – Gus, Zag and The Turnip King
7 – Polterghost
8 – Cosmos Goth Moth Gong
9 – The Ballad of Brother Pain
10 – Antartarctica
Greetings friends, and here again I venture on another review. This time I embark upon the thunderous riffs that can be located to that of a band emerging from the misty depths of Nottingham.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t heard of this band up until this point as I have, you’re in for a treat. Keep your eyes peeled because I do believe they’re onto fantastic things in the future, having played Bloodstock a whopping FOUR Times, it’s not hard to see why they’ve secured such a pedigree name in British metal.
The band has recently dropped a new album Chapter IV – Antartarctica and it’s an absolute PUSH.
The opening track Skulls of Our Enemies easily captivated my ears. Being a massive Gojira fan, I couldn’t help but notice the influence (intentional or not) with similar guitar tones and tapping techniques that carry the song from the intro throughout the entirety of the track. It’s something that I wasn’t particularly expecting. The overall album treats listeners to a stunning array of gnarly riffs that blend well with the Ghostly and subtle undertones of string symphonies, so if you’re a fan of Ghost BC and Nachtmystium, this band will no doubt pay heed to your needs.
The band continues to appeal to Ghost fans throughout the album, particularly at my personal favorite track off the album, “Way to Die”. For me, this track is absolutely brilliant. With catchy guitar harmonies as the main verse riff and satanic cult lyrical expressions and vocals from lead singer “Dr Hell” throughout the track, it definitely serves as the strongest song on the album for me.
Another personal favorite of mine is self-titled “Antartarctica”. Being the longest song on the album definitely doesn’t mean it dwindles on. Each part of the song is carefully thought out and phrased perfectly. It takes you down a twisted, dark sonic world of abstract melodies and progressions before hitting into the midsection of sheer heaviness. Ah, that midsection, guys, superb, again with a tonne of philharmonic elements engaging those who would be in love with cinematic scores. However, I shall now wrap this review up with a personal thumbs up toward the drummer Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist in this case, who carries this song with veracious intricacies to add a murky, twisted suspense to the quieter areas of this song, if not the album.
All in all, a delightful album and I’ll be most definitely catching these guys when they play On the Rox around the corner from my apartment in Dublin on February 2nd, 2019!
Written by: Mo Sheerin