Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Pseudo Mind Hive - Of Seers And Sirens (Album Review)

Release date: October 25th 2019. Label: Salty Dog Records. Format: DD/Vinyl

Of Seers And Sirens – Tracklisting

1.Sails at Dawn 04:13
2.The Dreamer's Burning Door 04:25
3.Of Seers and Sirens 06:36
4.Solstice [Bonus Track] 05:51
5.Gaze of Ptolemy 09:16
6.Equinox 08:13
7.Broken Colours 08:09


Jack Ainsworth: Bass Guitar/Vocals
Samuel Drew-Rumoro: Drums/Vocals
Christopher Hockey: Guitar/Lead Vocals
Jesse Joannou: Organ/Synthesisers/Vocals
Mark Vincini: Guitar/Vocals


Of Seers And Sirens is the new album from Psychedelic Stoner Rockers Pseudo Mind Hive and it’s my first main exposure to the band. The band did release a debut album last year which completely passed me by. Shame on me for that mistake. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice with their new album. As this is one of the best Psychedelic Stoner Rock albums of the year.

Pseudo Mind Hive bring an album that’s packed with rich ideas and heavy grooves that transcend the Psychedelic Stoner Rock spectrum with the band adding a Spaced Out and Cosmic Groove. Inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath, Hawkwind and Uncle Acid but with the band in full control of their own destiny.

Opening song – Sails At Dawn – is a lush sounding Space/Stoner Rock song with the band adding a heavy amount of theatrical Psychedelic tendencies along the way. The song has a heavy FUZZ atmosphere burning in the background that allows the band to embrace the seventies Hard Rock/Psychedelic Rock scene with supreme confidence. The vocals are excellent and have quite a vintage feel to them.

Second song – The Dreamer’s Burning Door – offers a more Blues Rock influenced style of music that reminds myself of GEEZER in many ways. The band are perhaps influenced by Black Sabbath the most on this song whilst playing their own highly infectious style of Psychedelic Stoner Rock with flashes of Doom Rock adding a heavier sound to the album.

Third song – Of Seers And Sirens – is a more classic sounding Doom/Fuzz/Stoner Rock odyssey with the band playing different strands of Psychedelic Rock as well. This is perhaps the gloomiest song on the album with the excellent vocals and lyrics all having a darker feel to them.

Fourth song – Solstice – is an epic sounding instrumental song. As the band play a stunning blend of Post-Doom and Heavy Psychedelic Sounds for a more expansive and adventurous song that also has eerie Ambient based noises for one trippy wild ride. The instrumental work is simply marvellous on this song with Pseudo Mind Hive not afraid to use more of their creative freedom on this song.

The final three songs – Gaze of Ptolemy, Equinox and Broken Colours – is where the band venture into the world of Progressive Rock with these songs all lasting past the eight-minute mark. So you have twenty minutes of finely played of Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal with strands of Post-Doom and FUZZ riffs with fantastic lyrics to match.

Equinox is perhaps my favourite song on the album. As it goes down through many different musical routes such as Classic Rock, Prog Rock and Stoner Rock that contain some of the heaviest sounds and riffs of the entire album.

Of Seers And Sirens is also bolstered by amazing production values which gives the band a loud and heavy clear sound from start to finish.

As I stated earlier in this review, Of Seers And Sirens is one of the best Psychedelic Stoner Rock albums I’ve heard this year and will no doubt claim a place on my best albums of the year list. This is a must have album. No question.

Words by Steve Howe


Sunday, 10 November 2019

KAL-EL - Witches Of Mars (Album Review)

Release date: October 04th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Witches Of Mars – Tracklisting

Witches Of Mars
Moon Unit
Cocaine (J.J. Cale Cover)


Captain - Vocals
Doffy - Guitars
Josh - Guitars
Liz - Bass
Bjudas - Drums


Witches Of Mars is the new album from Sci-Fi based Stoner Rockers KAL-EL and it sees the band continuing with the sound they’ve played over the last few albums. Though now with a heavier and progressive Doom Rock/Metal twist. The album is a winning combination of Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Psych Rock and Space Rock which KAL-EL are widely known for.

Witches Of Mars has a darker perspective which I didn’t expect. You can instantly tell from the excellent opening song Anubious which sees the band play a more distorted style of Stoner Rock/Metal. The vocals are buried under a layer of heavy distortion with the heavy guitars having a more grizzled feel to them. The song moves at a steady pace with the Spaced Out and Psychedelic elements leading the way. The song can be quite gloomy in places with the eerie ambient sounds KAL-EL have added to this track.

Second song – Witches Of Mars – carries on with the dark twisted noises lurking in the background before the familiar heavy guitar tones fully take over. This is one of the heaviest songs on the album as KAL-EL relish in bringing a more destructive style of music to their overall sound. The vocals have a certain Ozzy Osbourne influence to them. Everything else just moves onto a heavier style of Psychedelic/Space Rock that’s quite epic in places.

KAL-EL continue playing this heavier and darker style of music they’ve adapted for this album with epic SCI-FI based storytelling becoming a thrilling spectacle at times. The music is constantly engaging and action-packed with the band moving to many different styles of Psychedelic Stoner Metal that should keep long-time fans of the band superbly entertained from start to finish.

Songs such as GG77, Incubator and Moon Unit perhaps contains some of the heaviest and progressive spaced out sounds on the album. So be prepared for a lot of NOISE coming your way on this song.

The band have included a superb cover of J.J. Cale classic song COCAINE which was released last year. KAL-EL have worked their magic on this song with the band turning a 3 minute song into a Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal cover that runs past the 7 minute mark. The cover is one of the most inventive covers I’ve heard in a very long time. So KUDOS to the band for doing something different and succeeding on every level.

The album will be a fitting legacy to long-time bassist – Liz – who is sadly leaving the band due to health issues. Liz will be sadly missed by the legion of KAL-EL fans across the globe including myself. As Liz was an integral part of KAL-EL’s sound thanks to amazing skills on the bass. Whoever replaces Liz will have big shoes to fill. No doubt.

Witches Of Mars is a devilishly wild ride that sees KAL-EL take many creative risks with their music and producing one their best and most adventurous albums to date.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. Witches Of Mars is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Argonauta Records.


Saturday, 9 November 2019

TUSKAR - The Monolith Sessions (EP Review)

Release date: November 8th 2019. Label: Riff Rock Records. Format: DD

The Monolith Sessions – Tracklisting

1.The Tide 08:00
2.Into The Sea 05:05
3.Beneath 05:03


Tom Dimmock- Guitar
Tyler Hodges- Vox & Drums


UK Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – TUSKAR – return with a new Live EP called The Monolith Sessions. The EP features live versions of TUSKAR classics The Tide and Beneath which both featured on last year’s acclaimed EP – The Tide, Beneath The Wall. The EP is joined by a new song called Into The Sea.

The EP is a rough and ready sounding Live EP which demonstrates the full angry power of TUSKAR who play a pulverizing sound of Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal with a ferocious Hard Rock edge. The music is fast-paced, manic and doesn’t give a FUCK who it upsets. It’s quite cool hearing The Tide and Beneath performed live and they sound quite different to the studio recorded versions that were released last year.

The new song Into The Sea is quite good indeed with the band playing a non-stop style of Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves with a dark twisted edge to it. There is a lot of guitar reverb and feedback on this song which makes the song quite distorted in places. The song is not the most original but TUSKAR play Into The Sea with angry conviction whilst offering a few epic progressive guitar riffs along the way.

The Monolith Sessions is another welcome release from TUSKAR who are slowly proving to being one of the best upcoming bands within the UK Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. I’m hoping a full length album isn’t too far behind. As I’ve said this before with TUSKAR but I want to hear what these guys can do on a full length record. As an EP is not long enough to contain the heavy whirlwind sounds of TUSKAR.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. The Monolith Sessions is available to buy now everywhere digitally via Riff Rock Records.


Sons Of Alpha Centauri - Buried Memories (Album Review)

Release date: November 8th 2019. Label: H42RecordsRobustfellow Prods. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Buried Memories – Tracklisting

1.Hitmen [Justin K. Broadrick Mix] 08:32
2.Hitmen [Jesu Remix] 09:00
3.Hitmen [JK Flesh Remix] 09:34
4.Warhero [James Plotkin Mix] 09:13
5.Remembrance [James Plotkin mix] 02:43
6.SS Montgomery [James Plotkin - Remix] 06:38


Marlon Aaron King - guitars
Nick Hannon - bass
Stevie. B - drums
Blake - textures


UK Post-Rock/Stoner Rock collective Sons Of Alpha Centauri (SOAC) return with their new album Buried Memories. This album is a continuation of the journey they first started with 2018 album Continuum. Though this album is more of a Post-Rock/Post-Metal sounding odyssey compared to their previous efforts. The album is more of a collaborative effort as well with Drone/Doom/Sludge Metal legends Justin K. Broardrick and James Plotkin lending their talents to 3 songs each on this album.

The first 3 songs is different variations of the same song called Hitmen with Justin K. Broadrick bring his musical genius and know-how to the party with his own remix for the first song, Jesu for the second and JK Flesh for the third.

All versions of Hitmen sound similar but also vastly different with each song moving incorporating elements of Industrial Meal, Doom, Sludge, Post-Rock, Psych and Ambient based sounds. The JESU version has to be my favourite. As it’s more nuanced and has a lot more going for it. It’s really cool to hear and experience every version of Hitmen. Each version takes you on a different journey with dark ambient sounds leading the way.

James Plotkin takes over for the final 3 songs Warhero, Remembrance and SS Montgomery which featured on their classic debut album under the title of 23. These songs sound very different to what SOAC are known for as James manages to include his own Drone/Doom based identity into SOAC’s music and change it into a more nightmarish world.

Warhero has to be the standout track of the final 3 songs. As it’s more familiar to long-time fans of the band. The song moves at a cracking pace which allows elements of Psychedelic Spaced Out Rock to fully take over with strands of Ambient Rock, Post-Rock and Stoner Rock appearing at the very last moment.

Overall, Buried Memories is a deeply rich and very mysterious album which does take time to fully appreciate. This isn’t your typical Sons Of Alpha Centauri album and may disappoint some of their established fan-base with the many different styles of music that we haven’t heard from the band before. I say give this a chance as this is another winning record for the ever elusive band.

Words by Steve Howe


Thursday, 7 November 2019

Shadow Limb - Burn Scar (Album Review)

Release date: October 11th 2019. Label: Seeing Red Records. Format: CD/DD

Burn Scar – Tracklisting

1.Asger Arisen 06:42
2.Maelstroms Rebirth 07:19
3.Watered Down Alby 04:38
4.You Blew It 05:07
5.Cry Off 04:30
6.Cleanse Of Ire 06:20
7.Rudiger, his name is not important 07:24
8.Line of Descent 07:58


Mike Crew - Bass
Dan Elsen - Drums
Chris Roberts - Guitar & Vocals
Adam Scarborough - Guitar & Vocals


Burn Scar is the new album from Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metallers Shadow Limb and it’s a deeply progressive sounding album where the band explore many different elements of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal with a deep admiration for all things Progressive and Psychedelic.

Opening song - Asger Arisen – opens with a heavy pounding groove that has a slight Baroness/Mastodon influence with the Psychedelic and Progressive sounding guitars playing at a fast pace which is quite melodic in places. When the vocals appear, the song moves into a heavier style of music with the Doom Metal aspect coming into play and the song becomes ever more daring. The song is gritty and unforgiving in places with Shadow Limb adding a more alternative flow to their music especially towards the end as the vocals and music feel more restrained.

Second song -- Maelstroms Rebirth – is where the band go down the experimental route with Neurosis-style Post-Metal interludes and clean singing that shows a different side to the band compared to the opening song. The music is played at a brisk-to-mid pace that allows the band to get as many heavy riffs into the mix they possibly can. Shades of Mastodon are still felt here and I’m fine with that since they’re one of my all-time favourite bands. At least Shadow Limb are trying to add a gloomier and more experimental drive to their music. The song has some epic guitar solos that only just draws you into their crazy world.

Third song – Watered Down Alby – sees the band play a shorter song lasting over four minutes and this allows Shadow Limb to cut out all of the progressive rock/metal ideas and play a more direct Sludge/Stoner Metal song that is quite thrilling to hear. The vocals and lyrics feel more real on this song as the song has quite a different energy and feeling compared to the other songs on the album.

Fourth song – You Blew It – starts with an Ambient Post-Rock vibe before the heavy Progressive Sludge Metal grooves drift into the background and create one of the albums standout songs. The song changes direction when a more threatening guitar riff appears out of nowhere and the frantic drumming take centre stage before Shadow Limb play a Post-Doom style of music that’s quite bleak in places. The song is purely instrumental but things become slightly warped and heavier in the final moments of the song.

Shadow Limb continue their deep love and appreciation for Mastodon based progressive melodies but adding their own creative spin on things with different Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal based atmospheres allowing the album to sound mighty fresh and inventive on songs such as Cry Off, Cleanse Of Ire and Rudgier, His Name Is Not Important being the main highlights.

Things do become quite OTT and theatrical in places on the second half of the album but Shadow Limb play to their strengths on this album. Burn Scar remains a thrilling and addictive listen that allows Shadow Limb to pay respect to their musical heroes whilst forging an exciting path and future of their own making..

Words by Steve Howe


CHRMR - Warbirds (Album Review)

Release date: October 30th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Warbirds – Tracklisting

1.We Are The Crane 05:18
2.I Lay Me Down 03:44
3.Gold Serpents 05:30
4.Lends 03:12
5.Victoria 03:40
6.Don't Walk Away 03:15
7.Deep Fade Event 02:24
8.Wandering Winds 02:34


Crif Golding
Ed Jusko
Brian Mason
Andy Schmitz
Charlie Street


I remember reviewing CHRMR’s last record Respective Orbits last year and asking for a few more songs. As this record was relatively short. Well the band have returned with their excellent new offering Warbirds and the album last an action-packed 30 minutes which sees the band explore their Post-Hardcore/Grunge/Stoner/Doom/Alt-Metal sound even further than the last time.

Warbirds has a Sludge/Post-Metal atmosphere and it’s a different sounding album compared to their last record with the band adding a more diverse sonic offering to the mix. The 90s Alt-Rock/Metal vibe is still powering everything through but something feels different. CHRMR feel more in control this time and it makes for a much better sounding record.

The vocals are soulful and quiet aggressive in places. None so than on the stunning opening song – We Are The Crane. This song has a soulful and progressive feel that allows CHRMR to add a more world-weary Psychedelic/Spaced Out groove. Taking influence from Soundgarden with both the vocals and the music that make this a fantastic song to open the album with.

CHRMR go into full overdrive with the next couple songs with I Lay Me Down and Gold Serpents offering a fast-paced style of music with Post-Hardcore sounds and Psychedelic tendencies leading the way. The whole feel of the album has a sense of early 2000s nostalgia but with a modern Sludge Rock makeover that leaves you head-banging in agreement.

Warbirds is quite a dark and complex album and that’s down to the bleak lyrics the band have written for the majority of the songs. Nothing ever feels forced upon you with CHRMR making you feel at ease within their cold and bleak world. The Post-Hardcore tag maybe too off-putting for some and that’s a shame. As this is a deeply rewarding album that has many different great things going for it. The music for the start. Despite the 30 minute run-time, CHRMR tread a lot of musical ground on this album that will surprise you in many ways.

Other songs that impressed me were: Lends, Victoria, Don’t Walk Away and Wandering Winds – each having an exciting and individual premise to tell.

Warbirds is just an exciting and original album from a band with a highly original sound of their own. The band aren’t afraid to mix things up on Warbirds and that what makes them quite an exciting talent indeed.

Words by Steve Howe


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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Drift - SEER (Album Review)

Release date: November 22nd 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

SEER – Tracklisting

A Coward’s Wager
Don’t Forget to Breathe
Funeral Man
Day One
Reclaim This World
A Passage on Time
I Dream of Delug


Drums, Vocals - Hannes Matthysen
Guitars - Jason Giacoppo
Vocals - Louis du Pisani
Guitars - Alec Surridge
Bass - Chris Preyser


Seer is the new album from South African Sludge Metal band – The Drift. This band play a more psychedelic and doomier based of Sludge Metal. The album is quite varied from start to finish with The Drift and this album acts as a closing chapter to the trilogy of albums called "Deluge" the band have released over the last few years.

The Drift move through many different genres within this album with relative ease and play some epic creative sounds that draws in elements of Sludge Metal, Groove Metal and Progressive Metal. The album isn’t the easiest thing to listen to with the bleak lyrics and harsh vocals allowing The Drift to stand on their own ground.

The songs sound very similar to each other with the pummelling rhythms and hard-hitting grooves allowing the band to show their love for all things loud and heavy. The album is played at a played at a fast pace and you can hear a distinctive Lamb Of God influence within this album but with a more Sludgier sound. Though the band do like to experiment with their music and vocals with quite a bombastic and theatrical approach especially on the earlier stages of the album with the song Don’t Forget To Breathe. Which is perhaps the standout song on the album with its experimental style of Sludge/Post-Metal harsh atmospheric sounds.

Seer is my first exposure to the band so I can’t compare Seer to their other albums. However, that doesn’t stop Seer being a deeply engrossing and brutally heavy affair with a lot of cool things going for it. You don’t have to wait long for a thumping riff to get things moving in the right direction.

Standout songs are: Don’t Forget To Breathe, Funeral Man, Adrift, Decider and Reclaim This World which all show how creative and exciting The Drift actually are. As they perform these songs with pure emotion and conviction which makes the experience of Seer that emotionally more rewarding.

I need to start looking into South African Hard Rock/Metal scene more closely now as I’ve discovered a wide range of great bands over the last eighteen months or so such as Ruff Majick, Black Pistol and now The Drift. There seems to be a lot of untapped talent in that area of the world. Thanks should goto Warren at Plug Music Agency who sends me these bands to review and discover.

Anyway this review is about The Drift and they’ve released an expertly produced album that will hopefully find an audience within the Sludge Metal community.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Warren at Plug Music Agency for the promo. SEER will be available to buy on all Digital Platforms from November 22nd 2019.


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AyahuascA - Naad (Album Review)

Release date: November 01st 2019. Label: Salty Dog Records. Format: CD/DD

Naad – Tracklisting

1.Intro 02:40
2.Vicious Mothers 05:00
3.Masses 04:56
4.Before Death 02:05
5.I Wanna Fall 04:14
6.Inner Space 05:10
7.Before Life 00:59
8.The Black One 03:27
9.Underwater 01:52
10.The Seer & The Queen 06:01


Domiziana Pritchard – Lead Vocals
Becky Sahira – Synth and Backing Vocals
Mek Spazio – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Andrea De Dominicis – Bass Guitar
Matteo Orzi - Drum


Naad is the new album from Italian Psychedelic Stoner Rock Collective – AyahuascA – who also add strands of Space Rock and 60s/70s sounding grooves for a vintage pop-based sounds on certain parts on the album. That doesn’t stop AyahuascA playing some fantastically heavy sounds when the mood calls for it. The album maybe an acquired taste for some but you have to admire AyahuascA for releasing something different.

The dual vocals have a certain Blues Rock feel to them but it’s the riffs and songwriting where the band impress the most. As everything is quite experimental on this album and AyahuascA just have a rich creative streak within their musical DNA. The music can be quite slow at times and shows an almost JAZZ style of music that allows the fantastic vocals from Domiziana, Becky and Mek to really shine through.

I quite enjoyed the “chill-out” effect that the band employ on the earlier stages of the album especially on the excellent laid-back and beautifully heavy song – Masses. This is a song where AyahuascA will delight and confuse listeners with their hybrid sound that really starts to gather pace. Though it can be quite hard work when the band play a more Post-Rock/Jazz based groove. It will take some time to get used to AyahuascA style of music but it’s well worth investment especially when the heavy riffs appear and moves the album into different musical environments.

Standout songs include – I Wanna Fall, Inner Space, The Black One and The Seer & The Queen.

AyahuascA take influence from bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, All Them Witches and The Black Angels. It shouldn’t really work but there is something dangerously addictive about this album and AyahuascA overall sound that I was wholly impressed by it all.

The production is loud and vibrant from start to finish. AyahuascA have released an excellent and almost surreal album that will have you on the edge of your seat.

If you’re a fan of 60s/70s Psych Rock but with a modern Stoner Rock twist then my advice is to check this great band out now.

Words by Steve Howe


Sunday, 3 November 2019

ENNOEA - Pistis Sophia (EP Review)

Release date: September 13th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Pistis Sophia – Tracklisting

1.Birth of a Blind God (Demiurgos Part III) 04:11
2.Unworthy 03:48
3.Sufficiency 03:39
4.The Blue Mold (Tom O'Bedlam) 12:00


Samantha Michelle Smith – Everything


ENNOEA are back with their new EP – Pistis Sophia – and it’s their first proper release in 5 years . Two of the songs Sufficiency and Unworthy were released earlier this year which I reviewed here. This time round the songs are have been joined by two other songs that make up the Pistis Sophia EP.

The EP is a mixture of ENNOEA familiar Drone/Doom/Stoner Metal grooves that has elements of Post-Black Metal tendencies with Samantha’s harsh death growls leaving a threatening presence throughout. The lyrics are quite bleak and what you should expect for an EP such as this.

ENNOEA have never been afraid to explore the more extreme side of Doom/Stoner Metal and Pistis Sophia allows Samantha to create a more horrifying sound that you wouldn’t expect to hear in Stoner Metal. The ambient sounds heard on the excellent opening song – Birth of a Blind God (Demiurgos Part III) – leave little to the imagination with the constant shift in tone and delivery from start to finish.

The next two songs Sufficiency and Unworthy sees Samantha experiment with her overall sound as the song adds heavier moments of of pitch black Doom/Post-Black Metal sound with traces of Psychedelic Doom and Death Metal starting to appear.

The final song - The Blue Mold (Tom O'Bedlam) - is where the main action is at with ENNOEA playing a more progressive style of Post-Black Metal that is gloomy and claustrophobic from start to finish. This is perhaps some of the best music that Samantha has created to date. As it’s an interesting style of music and can be quite challenging to listen to at times.

Overall, ENNOEA have released another winning record to their already impressive discography. I’m hoping Samantha doesn’t leave it another 5 years to darken our doorsteps with ENNOEA. As I feel there is unfinished business left to be dealt with ENNOEA…..

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Samantha is quite prolific and is involved with a wide range of different projects. See Samantha’s extensive discography on Metal Archives.

Words by Steve Howe


Saturday, 2 November 2019

Your Highness - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: October 11th 2019. Label: Hoogheid Records. Format: DD

Your Highness – Tracklisting

1.Devil's Delight 04:48
2.The Flood 05:22
3.Born Anew 03:58
4.Black Fever 09:00
5.To Wood and Stone 06:30
6.Little to Relate 03:48
7.Rope as a Gift 03:46
8.Kin's Blood 14:14


Ben Baert
Joachim Cols
Bart Struyf
Jorn Van der Straeten
Nic Placklé


Your Highness self-titled new album leaves nothing to chance with their style of Sludge/Stoner Metal making a lasting impression from start to finish. This album sees the Belgian Noise-Makers draw influence from Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche and Mastodon whilst still retaining their early Blues Rock/Metal sound. It’s just that everything is more refined and has a sense of purpose on this album.

Your Highness like to play outside the box by playing different styles of Rock/Metal with glorious fast-paced results. The music is always energetic and has a certain addictive quality to it. Maybe the band have ventured further into the Sludge Rock/Metal compound compared to previous releases but it allows Your Highness to have a more destructive and playful edge to their music.

The production is good and matches the carefree attitude the band have on this album. The progressive slant serves the band well to create some huge sounding grooves that remain throughout the album. The album has quite a bleak atmosphere that does allow the and to play some lighter Psychedelic sounds when the mood calls for it.

I will say the band impress the most on the lengthier tracks such as: Black Fever, To Wood and Stone and Kin’s Blood. As the band have more time to play with these songs and play a heavier and progressive style of Sludge/Doom/Stoner metal.

The shorter songs: Devil’s Delight, The Flood, Born Anew and Little To Relate – show that Your Highness can pack many cool ideas within a short running time as well but it’s the longer tracks where the band feel more comfortable. Though I cannot deny the shorter songs have a more manic and aggressive energy them especially excellent opening song – Devil’s Delight – which sees the band lay the musical foundations of things to come on this album.

The final song – Kin’s Blood – is a mouth-watering fourteen-minute song that is the main centrepiece for the entire album. The music is brooding, dramatic and packed full of different sounds that show a different side to Your Highness and I didn’t want this song to end. The heavy psychedelic Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves work surprisingly well with the gloomy atmosphere the band have added to this song.

Your Highness have released a deeply rich and rewarding album that has an adventurous spirit that will no doubt appeal to the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal masses.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo.