Saturday 18 January 2020

Blessed Black - Beyond The Crimson Throne (Album Review)

Release date: January 17th 2020. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Beyond The Crimson Throne - Tracklisting

1The White Wolf 02:48
2.The Black Gate 04:41
3.Heavy is The Crown 05:56
4.The Shadows 05:41
5.Arioch's Bargain 05:09
6.Finding The Limits 05:38
7.Stormbringer 04:59


Joshua Murphy - Vocals / Lead guitar
Chris Emerson - Guitar
Ray Bates - Drums
Brad Bellamy - Bass


Beyond The Crimson Throne is the type of album that draws influence from the last 40 years of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal but held together by a modern Doom/Stoner Metal vibe. You can hear influences diverse as The Sword, Mastodon, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden on this album. Blessed Black are passionate at what they do and they create a slightly wicked Progressive style of music that drawn me in from the very first song.

Opening song – The White Wolf – lasts less than 3 minutes but it’s more than enough time for the band to sink their claws into any devoted listener of Doom/Stoner Metal with it’s wicked style of classic Doom/Stoner grooves with a passionate psychedelic vibe allowing the music to grow naturally. Shades of The Sword and Mastodon can be heard on this song and it gives you a good indication for the rest of the album to follow.

Second song – The Black Gate – has a heavy NWOBHM feel to it but with a modern rock sounding sensibility that sees the Mastodon vibe there once again but the vocals from Joshua emit a gloomier presence with the Doom based atmosphere being more central to Blessed Black overall sound. The song is quite thrilling and the guitar riffs are plentiful and action packed from the start.

Third song – Heavy Is The Crown – pays homage to Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy with twinges of classic twin guitars opening the song with twisted glee and relish. Though the song soon moves back into heavier Doom/Stoner Metal territory but still allowing the band to keep their highly energetic blend of Classic Hard Rock/Metal. The lyrics are good and quite catchy in places with Joshua delivering another superb vocal performance that ranks as one of the albums best songs.

Blessed Black carry on their addictive and twisted style of Doom/Stoner Metal with other standout songs such as The Shadows, Finding The Limits and Stormbringer. Blessed Black stretch their creative wings on the final two songs and provide some epic sounding guitar solos that the MIGHTY GODS OF THE RIFFS would be impressed by.

The only downside to this album it’s too damn short. I would have loved another 2 or 3 songs to be included on this album. Though apart from that minor criticism, Blessed Black do a lot of things right on this album. This album is built on RIFFS and Beyond The Crimson Throne delivers this and so much more. With fantastic production, this is a genuinely exciting album that I can see the Doom/Stoner Metal community going quite crazy for.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Beyond The Crimson Throne is available to buy now.