Monday, 1 August 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Yeti On Horseback - "The Great Dying"

By: Chris Bull

 
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 30/09/2016
Label: Medusa Crush Recordings



 
Soaring melodies, crushing and enveloping riffs, brutal vocals, “The Great Dying” has  got the lot! It's beautifully downtrodden in it's make up and utterly captivating.

 

“The Great Dying” LP track listing:


1. Tree Of Death
2. Viking Mushroom Tea
3. Fables and Lies
4. Lynch (A Prelude)
5. Elephant Man
6. Dragged Down To Hell


The Review:


'The Great Dying' from Canada's Yeti On Horseback is as miserable as it is resplendent. With 5 of the 6 tracks pushing the 10-15 minute mark, you know you're going to be taken on a journey.

 
'Tree Of Death' kicks things into action with it's crawling pace and majestic guitar leads while the vocals scream and bellow over the top. There's definite nods to kings of gothic doom Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride prevalent on tracks like 'Viking Mushroom Tea' and 'Dragged Down To Hell', although with extra weight and distortion. The latter building a church with giant spires only to destroy it by the end.

Each track is an epic, 'Fables and Lies' offers some head banging riffs and great melancholic grooves. I'm reminded of forgotten British doomsters Centurion's Ghost for some reason. When the war drums meet the wall of distortion around the 7 minute mark it's wonderful. 'Lynch (A prelude)' bleeds into 'Elephant Man' and both feature samples from 1982's film of the same name. The latter is a near perfect song; soaring melodies, crushing and enveloping riffs, brutal vocals, it's got the lot! It's beautifully downtrodden in it's make up and utterly captivating.

This is a superb debut from a young band on an upward curve, it'll be interesting to see how the band progresses.

 
“The Great Dying” will be available via Medusa Crush Recordings from the 30/9/2016


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