Tuesday 28 January 2020

YATRA - Blood Of The Night (Album Review)

Release date: January 31st 2020. Label: STB Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Blood Of The Night - Tracklisting

3.The Howling
4.After The Ravens
5.Blood Will Flow
6.Burning Vision
7.Three Moons


Dana Helmuth
Maria Geisbert
Sean Lafferty


Blood Of The Night is the new album from Yatra and it’s another bleak round of heavy sounding Doom/Sludge Metal groove. This album is a more aggressive sound compared to their previous release. As the mood is quite downbeat from start to finish with Yatra in no mood to play any up-tempo beats or sounds at all on this album. The album has a well-rounded gloomy atmosphere that sees the band play to their strengths with delicious twisted results.

The vocals whilst good throughout the album don’t really change direction very much at all and keeps in line with the seedy and aggressive mood the band capture superbly well.

The music is a genuine highlight with Yatra playing a wide range of Doom/Sludge Metal riffs with certain Stoner Metal and Classic Hard Rock sounds allowing Yatra to offer a more expansive sound. The tone maybe bleak but Yatra know how to have fun with their music along way and that translate easily for the listener to become part of the action.

The opening few songs – Sorcerer, Carrion and The Howling – show you that Yatra are striving to play and aim for that classic Doom/Sludge Metal style of music and succeeding with a deeply rich and satisfying groove that feels influenced by Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus in places but with vocals are firmly rooted in the more Extreme side of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.

Yatra offer a sinister Psychedelic twist on their heavy bleak sounds on this album and it’s good to hear the band offer elements of Progressive Rock/Metal along the way on songs such as: After The Ravens, Three Moons and Surrender. Which offer some of the heaviest and gloomiest parts of the album.

It may take a few listens to fully get on board with but Yatra have more than enough tricks up their sleeve to entice you into their way of thinking. Add intelligent and creepy lyrics to the mix and Blood Of The Night has a lot to offer even the most jaded of Doom/Sludge Metal fan.

The best parts about the album is most definitely the music that Yatra have created here and the top-notch production that the album offers. Everything sounds epic and with a deep precise sound that allows the music to fully breathe naturally.

Blood Of The Night is an excellent album that ultimately demands your undivided attention.
Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Steve at STB Records for the promo. Blood Of The Night will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via STB Records from Jan 31st 2020.