Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Watchers - Black Abyss (Album Review)

Release date: 09th March 2018. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Black Abyss – Tracklisting

Alien Lust
Black Abyss
People Of The Gun
Seven Tenets
Suffer Fool


Tim Narducci - Vocals
Jeremy Epp - Guitars
Cornbread - Bass
Carter Kennedy - Drums


Why am I not surprised that The Watcher's debut album - Black Abyss - is being released on Ripple Music. As The Watchers embrace the seventies/eighties Classic Heavy Metal sound that Ripple Music has built their brilliant and well-deserved reputation upon. It's also good that Black Abyss is the perhaps one of the best albums I've heard that combines the Retro Rock sound with a modern Doom/Stoner Metal sensibility.

Opening track - Black Abyss - comes kicking and screaming straight from the eighties classic hard rock scene with bombastic vocals to match. The doomy riffs allow The Watchers to create a sound that feels timeless at times. The music is very loud with the band setting the tone and structure of the album from the very first riff. The Watchers do show their love and appreciation for the Classic Hard Rock scene over the last forty years or so. The lyrics are very OTT but to the bands credit, they make it work on all of the songs held on the album.

Second track - Alien Lust - is pure heavy metal excess but with a thumping Stoner Metal drive. The song does struggle at times in holding everything together but soon corrects itself towards the end and The Watchers end up creating some of the albums finest moments. The band can be too clever for their own good at times with some flashy progressive guitar sounds but it won't stop your enjoyment of the album itself.

The Watchers are a very hard band to pin down. Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Vintage Doom or Stoner Metal. I would call them a good old fashioned Hard Rock Band who knows how to write a good song with infectious hooks to keep you entertained for a long time to come. They prove this time and time again on songs such as: Oklahoma Black Magic, Buzzard, Starfire, Suffer Fool and Seven Tenets.

I should have said at the start of the review that this band contains ex-members of Orchid, White Wytch Canyon and Bizarro. So you can't deny their musical ability as The Watchers know their way round a heavy riff.

Black Abyss creates a magical hold on the listener. It's good to hear a band creating good old fashioned Hard Rock album and including social elements to their music. Sometimes we want to leave the problems of the outside world and just be entertained. This is where The Watchers excel at in keeping you superbly entertained from start to finish

One of the best songs on the album has to be Buzzard. As the whole mood of the song progresses from Hard Rock to Classic Rock whilst still offering heavy moments of Psych, Doom and Stoner Rock. As Ripple Music always strive for perfection and high quality sounding music, the production on this album is fantastic. The vocals from Tim sound dynamic from the start. Though it's the music that's the main standout. As you can feel and hear every note being played on the album.

I couldn't see Black Abyss being released by any other label than Ripple Music. We all know if a band is signed to Ripple Music then it's already a sign of quality music and that you're in for a damn good time. The Watchers prove that statement with their debut album. They are already gaining a great reputation within the Hard Rock/Stoner Metal scene and I can see their fanbase growing considerably when this album is officially released. Black Abyss is a superbly entertaining album and sees The Watchers as future breakout stars of the scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life and Carl at Action PR for the promo. Black Abyss will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from March 09th 2018.