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In The Chapel Of The Black Hand

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In The Chapel Of The Black Hand

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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Doom
1. The Cult Of Souls
2. Gates Of Oblivion
3. Return Of The Sorcerer
4. In The Chapel Of The Black Hand

Review by Anna on February 1, 2012.

In The Chapel Of The Black Hand” is the third full-length from UK-based “apocalyptic” Doom act The Wounded Kings. This review is free from any notions of and comparisons to their previous work, to which I have not been acquainted.

The Wounded Kings have all the awesome and cliché elements that create this darker brand of Doom- Hammond organ, heavy guitars, a lead vocalist that can command your attention (but doesn’t always). As such there’s a very cliché feel to this whole album, which at first I felt was pretty mild, but as the songs progressed there were in fact a few “areas” that got pretty warm. The vocals are the real stand-out here amongst all the other players. This chick Sharie has a laid back approach with her melodies that work, but leaves room for more risks. Her vocals have this flat, almost throaty quality that is toned down with a tinge of vibrato- very cool, almost like a light fuzz. It works extremely well in some parts, but that flat, almost nagging quality is too much to layer on to each song. I feel myself a little uncomfortable and worn out on it, craving something a little earthier, something fuller to counter the heaviness. Although I have to say… it works like a charm on the track two outro.

I mean, that shit is incredible, and the risk-taking is definitely there. It’s got all the qualities of greatness and madness I think they’re striving for, even though I feel it could be even more powerful. This outro-'Gates Of Oblivion' titled '(III) The Arrival', is for me the best part of the entire album. It embodies the sprouting, potential greatness of this band.

The Wounded Kings has a pretty dark aesthetic- the music, the visuals, the words… there’s a skull on the cover, I heard something about Lucifer in there. I don’t know what they’re into philosophically but at least on a sound level it seems that they haven’t yet had their enlightenment cherry popped, but have certainly fooled around. This is a band to definitely watch out for.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 8
Originality: 7
Overall: 7.5

Rating: 7.5 out of 10