Friday 8 July 2022

Black Capricorn - Cult Of Blood (Album Review)

Release Date: July 15th 2022. Record Label: Majestic Mountain Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Cult Of Blood - Tracklisting

1.Secret Society of Seven

2.Worshipping the Bizarre Reverend

3.Giants of Prama

4.Godsnake Djamballah

5.Snake of the Wizard

6.Witch of Endor



Rachela Piras - Drums

Virginia Piras - Bass 

Fabrizio Monni - Guitars/Vocals


Italian Occult Doom Metallers Black Capricorn return with their new album Cult Of Blood and their first new full length release in five years. The band show their love for all things Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard with a full on Psychedelic Metal and Occult Rock flavour. Slightly more grounded and stripped back compared to their last release Omega which was a constantly bleak exercise in the darker shades of Doom Metal.

This time round Black Capricorn returns to their earlier sound but with a more distorted vision with opening track Secret Society Of Seven giving a great indication where this album is heading. Fast-paced distorted grooves with a lovely reminiscent eerie tone of Black Sabbath allowing the band to bring a more classic spin to the party. Fabrizio’s vocals are confident and assured and have that cool sounding 70’s Classic Doom/Hard Rock element to them.

Second song Worshipping The Bizarre Reverend perhaps an homage to the legendary Doom Metal band with it’s play on words with the song title. Black Capricorn play a slow-paced and stripped back style of Doom/Stoner Metal with the distorted amplifier sounds becoming more direct on the later stages of the song. This is another gloomy experience with great flashes of Psychedelic Rock/Metal. You can feel those SABBATH-esque jams with perhaps a twinge of Saint Vitus as well. The song is one of the standout tracks on the album with it’s constant switching of tone and textures allowing this song to be quite “upbeat” in places despite the OCCULT nature of it all.

Third song Giants Of Prama is another one of the best tracks on the record with Black Capricorn playing an eerie Psychedelic riff that moves between the infinite lines of Occult Rock and Doom Metal. The thumping bass line of Virginia is one of the standout elements of this track. Heavy with a threatening purpose when matched against Fabrizio’s cool headed vocals. The song marches on at its own speed. This feels like a DOOMED OUT cautionary tale with down-tuned and distorted grooves allowing the song to have one of most powerful moments on the album.

Black Capricorn continue their creepy sonic journey into the Doom Metal wilderness and bringing a more Progressive vibe on places especially on tracks such as: Snake Of The Wizard, Witch Of Endor and Uddadhaddar with things becoming more Psychedelic and Creepier towards the later stages of the album.

The album is full of wonderful extended solos that show the best elements of the Doom Metal underground scene from over the last fifty years or so. The sound can be considered “Classic Doom” in many parts but there’s also a “Modern” perspective when the Distorted parts appear. 

Another highlight is Rachela’s drumming who brings a real air of intelligence and determination to Black Capricorn’s sound. 

Cult Of Blood is a dynamically powerful and brilliantly entertaining album that allows Black Capricorn to release one of the year’s essential Doom Metal albums.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Sheltered LIfe PR for the promo

Cult Of Blood  will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Majestic Mountain Records from July 15th 2022.


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