donderdag 9 november 2017

With The Dead – Love From With The Dead

With The Dead – Love From With The Dead
Rise Above – 2017
Rock, Doom, Metal
Rated: ****

November 2015 saw the release of the debut self-titled effort by With The Dead. The Lee Dorrian-fronted group came out swinging and everyone seemed to cheer them on. The band now continues without Mark Greening from Electric Wizard, still features guitarist Tim Bagshaw of Ramesses. But also, bassist Leo Smee (formerly a bandmate of Dorrian‘s in Cathedral) and ex-Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas and return with follow-up Love From With The Dead. Eight tracks, heavier, darker and more evil than before. The first release was evil and dark, with this definite love for occult sounding doom. Well, Love From With The Dead adds to this a level of devastation and soul crushing gloom. Sludgy in nature, the drag and push you towards the edge of a massive quagmire. “This last couple of years have been quite soul-destroying. There's been a lot of personal shit going on, and during this entire process so much fucking bad shit has happened in my personal life and other people's personal lives. Everything you hear on this LP; the angst is very real. I've never felt so disillusioned with life and the world around me.” Dorrian states in an interview. This is definitely audible on the record. There does not seem to any glimmer of hope anywhere. Slow, heavy, raw and grating, a righteous avalanche of destructive doom!

(Written by JK)

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