Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs

01.Drink The Wine
02.Thirteen Clergy
03.Cthulu Opiate Haze
04.The Devil's Venom
05.Pray To The Devil In Man
06.Scourging Iron
07.The Great Beast
08.We Weild The Spear Of Longinus
09.Cathars To Their Doom
10.All Hell’s Martyrs, Transmissions From The Devil Star

Nemtheanga (Vocals/Bass)
Dubh SOL (Drums)
Bones (Guitar)

Dread Sovereign is the born dead brain child of Nemtheanga from Primordial. Years of string hacking and slashing on guitar have finally come to realization as backed by Dubh SOL (Primordial) on drums and Bones (Wizards of Firetop Mountain) on guitar they have forged a new band.

A year's worth of riffs and crusty catharsis has been distilled into this ten track debut, picking up what was started with the 12" Pray To The Devil In Man, released in 2013.
Recorded and mixed at Sun Studios, Dublin in just seven days, the raw power and heft of creativity is as oppressive as it is head-bang-inducing.

The intro 'Drink The Wine' sounds more like something Ministry would do, this then follows on into 'Thirteen Clergy' as bass driven slow and pounding slab of doom laden metal, really good vocals as well, not your usual screaming crap either, proper singing!

Did i speak too soon? the vocal on 'Cthulu Opiate Haze' is back to generic growl vocal style, music's bloody good though.
Half way through the song changes for some ambient synth and guitarwork over whispered vocals, then its back to the heavy doom style.

Next song is just a little intro of synth and vocal sample that leads straight into 'Pray To The Devil In Man', a very choral vocal on this one, like a group of satanic monks, when the lead vocal starts its back to the cleaner style and works well.

'Scourging Iron' is very anthemic, superb vocals again, solid drums and a thumping bassline, pulled together with some slow guitar riffs followed by a blistering solo.

Another short intro that sounds like a recording of Alistair Crowley over some synth moves us into a doom laden 11 minute epic called 'We Weild The Spear Of Longinus'.
This one sounds more like Black Sabbath than Black Sabbath actually did.

'Cathars To Their Doom' picks up the pace a little and then gets this solid headbanging rhythm going, having mentioned Sabbath im going throw in Zeppelin with this one, that classic stop start sound, another great track.

Finally 'All Hell’s Martyrs, Transmissions From The Devil Star'and at 13 minutes the albums longest track, nice drum intro punctuated by some feedback guitarwork, this one is bordeline sludge metal then at around 10 minutes gets quite psychedelic with the synth backing over some phased guitar playing.

Rating 9/10
For Fans Of: Candlemass, Pentagram, Primordial, Cathedral, Triptykon


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