Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times (CD Review)

01.A Rush Of Power
02.Sinking City
03.Always In The Eye
04.Walk With Me My Queen
05.Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times
06.Embrace The Stone
07.The Bull And The Bear

Toby Wright (Vocals/Guitar)
Alastair Riddell (Guitar)
Richard Bruce (Bass)
Darius Claydon (Drums)

Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Toby Wright, Age of Taurus was initially a one-man doom metal mission. Inspired by masters of the craft like Candlemass, Trouble and Revelation, the project was intended more as a studio affair rather than something more alive. However, after increasing interest in the band and a succession of glowing reviews of debut demo 'In the Days of the Taurean Empire', Toby decided that there was no turning back and duly put together a fully working line up; enter bassist Richard Bruce, lead guitarist Alastair Riddell (Ex Blood Island Raiders) and drummer Darius Claydon.

The band quickly began writing together and started to develop and define a sound that suited their combined musical direction. With their feet still firmly planted in the doom metal field, the group were able to explore other paths of influence, particularly bass-driven seventies hard rock and the oh-so-punishing twin guitar attacks that ruled the speakers during NWOBHM's golden years.

Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Angel Witch, Ghost), 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is a 42 minute collection of material written during their transition over the past three years.

This is the kind of doom metal that hits you square in the head, like slab after slab of concrete hitting you, its relentless and massive!!!
Stunning vocals, powerful drums, pounding bass and epic riffing!

When we get to 'Embrace The Stone' we are treated to 8 minutes of darker stuff, rhythmic drums bounce this one along till it gets to this really slow bit with atmospheric vocals and am almost symphonic chorus backing.
Stunning piece of work! The last song returns to the heavier sound.

I didnt have much to say, but then i dont need to, the music says it all, its Doom its awesome, now go buy it!!

Rating 10/10

For fans of : Cathedral, Electric Wizard, Witchsorrow, Blood Island Raiders


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