Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 5th November 2011
Label: Self Release
1) Halo Of The Sun 14:57
2) Martyrs 11:09
3) Destroyer 14:05
Total running time 40:11
Current Line up
N.Eibon Fiend =Bass guitar and vocals.
Sean Spindler =Drums.
Stephen Parilla=guitar and vocals.
Daryl Hernandez=guitar and vocals.
Deathkings hail from Los Angeles, U.S.A. The four piece play a hypnotic type of post sludge doom. The band describe themselves as Growling bass, thundering drums and guitars born of melancholia and dissonance.
These boys are from California, but you would not know it. The Post Metal, Sludge Doom that these guys play suggests even more crossed genre’s, like “ metal gaze” for instance, but that’s about right and I like it. They do a great Isis/Neurosis inspired kind of experimental drone.
At 15 minutes, Halo Of The Sun is a great sodding riff that lingers and lingers, but you don’t get tired. The vocals, raw as they are keep you locked in a trance, with the drums basically telling you where to look. The backing vocals sweetly remind us of the title, while the main vocal is telling us it’s time to die.
Martyrs comes in with a slow metallic repetition building nicely into a 2 chord verse that keeps me guessing who’s side I’m on until I am impolitely told that I don’t know what I’m doing, and I should just fuck off. Great use of mind control with the lyrics as now I’m ready to destroy for no reason.
These four hairy arsed geezers make fine work of just a few riffs and making them last. It’s definitely all about feel and groove here as there’s not a guitar solo in sight It’s just as well really as Destroyer takes us into the fourteen minute epic doom territory, and we’re still no better off, as this title track is all about a greater force or condemned being taking down whole planets and crushing them to dust.
This album is forty minutes of dirty crusty blackened doom, a very impressive recording as I believe it was self financed. For only three tracks you have a band that has excelled in their field and I seriously recommend you get this.
Written by: John Slaymaker
The usual thanks go out to the band for hooking us up with the record to review. I know from talking with you guys, there was not expectation on your part to review the record, but we dig it and thought it deserved to be share with everyone. For more info on the band check the link below. You can buy it here