Saturday 31 May 2014

Old Iron - Cordyceps - Album Review

Cordyceps cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: Feb 20th 2014
Label: Self Released
Cordyceps - track listing:

1.Lerna 09:17
2.Cordyceps 08:01
3.Haruspex 04:30
4.The Pineal Gate 03:54
5.Ahnighito 05:23
6.Fractal Storm 10:04


Seattle trio, Old Iron, started writing material in May of 2011. Consisting of Jesse Roberts (guitar/vocals), Trent McIntyre (drums), and Jerad Shealey (bass) they self released their 1st full length entitled “Cordyceps” on Feb. 20th, 2014 and are currently working on a follow up album.

Old Iron boasts members of Sandrider, Ruby Doe, The Helm, Iamthethorn, Grenades, and X Suns. They play heavy, low tuned, melodic music and blend doomy, dark, psychedelic riffs with mathy, hardcore elements. Influences include Eyehategod, Neurosis, Karp

The Band Members

Jesse Roberts, Jerad Shealey, Trent McIntyre


So when you have members from bands such as Sandrider, The Helm, X Suns and Ruby Doe. You expect something special. I am happy to report that Old Iron are a band you all need to check out as their debut album – Cordyceps – is a blistering debut album that sounds like a dark and distorted offspring of Neurosis, Isis, Cave-In and EyeHateGod.

It's a superb debut album that will have you coming back for more punishment. Opening track – Lerna – is a doomy based track full of dangerous psychedelic riffs with a dark twisted edge that will push your body to the very edge of insanity. It has a slow brooding aura that slowly builds up for one epic battle of riffs.

The album doesn't stray from the heavy and violent sounds of the opening track for the remainder of the album. Old Iron slowly build up the creepy atmosphere with haunting riffs with each passing second and it makes you feel your drowning in a sea of emotion that is very hard to escape from. Old Iron is very different compared to the members other more established bands. Old Iron is where the guys can unleash all of their violent creativity upon to the world.

Tracks such as Cordyceps and Ahnighito show you a band with a truly atmospheric and apoclyptical vision that will scare the living hell out of you. A very powerful band indeed. Old Iron are equally creative on the shorter paced tracks Haruspex and The Pineal Gate. Both tracks combining epic riffs and emotionally involved lyrics that pack quite a punch.

The album ends on a powerful end with the 10-minute plus stunning track – Fractal Storm – that starts very slowly with quiet riffs and post-rock doom and gloom vibes before exploding into a loud wall of noise you cannot turn away from. Play this track very loud as it will get your heart pumping in no time at all.

Old Iron have delivered a truly stunning debut album which I recommend everyone check out now. If you need you're faith restored in Post-Metal music then Old Iron is the band for you.

Cordyceps is now available to buy on Bandcamp Buy Now Download. A vinyl release is in the works.

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Written by Steve Howe