Saturday 6 February 2016

Dunbarrow - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: Januiary 29th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl

S/T – Tracklisting

1.Try And Fail 02:45
2.The Wanderer 03:42
3.You Knew I Was a Snake 04:07
4.My Little Darling 04:29
5.Lucifer's Child 03:51
6.Guillotine 03:43
7.The Crows Ain't Far Behind 03:22
8.Forsaken 03:20
9.Witches of the Woods 06:09

Band Members:

Espen Andersen - Vocals
Kenneth Lønning - Guitar
Eirik Øvregård - Guitar
Sondre Berge - Bass


Retro Doom Bands seem to be all the range these days. Some bands succeed in channelling the riffs from the legendary bands of the 70s/80s whilst most fail at the first hurdle. Dunbarrow are a band who succeed in creating stunning retro occult based doom riffs. Fans of Kadavar, Pentagram and Black Sabbath will sure get a kick from their new self titled album.

The album contains 9 meaty tracks of pure vintage quality doom metal. Sure the guys aren't doing anything different that's came before them but that's beside the point. Dunbarrow excel in playing a more gloomier kind of Occult/Doom Metal. The album has a great vintage sound. This is an album you can believe that was truly recorded in the 1970s but that is being discovered by a modern day audience.

The album opens with two excellent tracks – Try And Fall and The Wanderer – which allows the band to expand their blues heavy sound. Espen's vocals add a real emotional quality to proceedings as the band have written some great lyrics to lose yourself in. And that's just the tip of the iceberg as Dunbarrow lay their soul on the line a times. You Knew I Was A Snake being a highlight as the album carries a sombre mood with Espen on fine form once more.

Dunbarrow's debut album oozes quality from start to finish. What more do you want from a doom metal album. You've got riffs, trippy psychedelic vibes, creepy moments and fantastic sounding proto-metal sounds to rock out to. A stunning debut album.

You can buy the vinyl record here.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe