Release date: October 30th 2015. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD
Canyon Of The Skull – S/T – Tracklisting
1.The Path (Of Bear & Wolf) 17:18
2.Canyon of the Skull 18:03
Erik Ogershok: Guitars, Bass
Adrian Voorhies: Drums, Percussion
Canyon Of The Skull’s self-titled debut album comprises of two epic songs both running for almost 18 minutes each. The album is a collection of long drawn out Sludge/Stoner/Doom/Post-Metal riffs that have an air of intelligence about them.
Opening track – The Path (Of Bear & Wolf) doesn’t shy away from the fact the band is a bleak canvas of barren and almost destructive Desert Rock vibes to build their heavy distorted sounds upon. The sound changes from slow-paced progressive metal to a faster and doomier style of post-metal. The drumming is perhaps the main focus on the album as everything is built around Adrian’s powerful drumming. Erik on Bass/Guitar duties creates waves of sonic warfare that will leave your head in a spin as the atmosphere becomes slightly distorted.
Second track – Canyon Of The Skull – starts very slowly with another round of distorted bass-heavy riffs. The drumming has more of an experimental approach compared to the first song. Some people maybe put off by the slow delivery of the song but it’s actually a complex progressive Sludge/Doom Metal song as time passes by. The band thrives creating different noises and sounds within the epic 18 minute run time. OK I will admit the band could have speeded things up a bit here and there but they can learn that with future releases.
It takes a few listens to fully appreciate the complex sounds the band has created here. The production is handled well though there are a few instances where the sound could have done with more volume especially towards the end of the album. Other than that, Canyon Of The Skull has created a superb debut album.
Words by Steve Howe