Wednesday 11 January 2012


The Strange Tale Of Samuel Gonzalez Cover Art

Hesper Payne are a Sludge/Doom/Death Metal Band from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

The members are:

Richard Pickman - drums and percusion
Alexandra Durning - Keyboards
Ian Fenwick - Bass
Brooke Johnson - Guitars and Vocals

Hesper Payne play an intense blend of Sludge/Doom with the odd dash of Death Metal to brutal effect. These guys come from my neck of the woods. As they say - Doom From The Cursed North. My lovely  hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne. And frankly I do agree with them at times. But that is a different story.

I have mentioned Hesper Payne before early last year when the blog was first setup. These guys are quite prolific and you can download all their brilliant music for free from BandCamp.

They have received praise from a few blogs with their superb music. So if your into down-tempo bleak Sludge/Doom/Death Metal then these guys are the ones for you.

Well the guys have released their best work to do date with their stunning new EP – The Strange Tale of Samuel Gonzalez. A 3 song 25 minute brilliant EP of bleak down-tempo superb Sludge/Doom Metal. The Death Metal influence noticed in earlier releases has been stripped back a bit. You can hear a few influences hear and there but mainly it’s just down-tempo Sludge/Doom Metal.

The EP is superbly played and produced by all concerned.

If this is the new way forward for Hesper Payne’s music then the guys have came on leaps and bounds since their last great release.

What you get here is 3 superb epic songs to chill the soul to. Full of passionate vocals and riffs to head-bang to. The 25 minutes just flies by.

Hesper Payne are seriously a superb band to give their big-league counterparts a run for their money.

Check out the awesome EP cover which gives the viewer a true reflection on what to expect.

So if you want something mean, dirty and loud from my neck of the woods then Hesper Payne is your band. Plus since this release is free you have no excuses.

If your into Electric Wizard and Ramesses then you will definitely find a kindred spirit with Hesper Payne.

Brilliant work as usual guys. Highly Recommended.

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