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.