The Veneration Of Serpents
Review by JD on March 12, 2013.
I remember the UK’s Gallow God fondly. They have become one of my favorite Doom Metal bands in the last little while so I was damned excited to hear their latest slow motion opus that I had the pleasure of reviewing. After giving them a 9 out of 10 I wanted to see what they had for me now.
With melody, brooding heavy riffs that are so diabolically slow - Gallow God has become to me, one of the best Doom bands out there. They seem to have that great formula perfected and have been one of the most impressive newer bands. They have very memorable hooks, powerful riffs and a vocalist that has a nasty rasp and yet can actually sing. Yes, the UK has always delivered metal that made the scene (Black Sabbath started the whole metal thing)... and they have once again.
Sounding like a wonderful crossing of Trouble, old school Black Sabbath and Candlemass - they deliver Doom with cutting ease that drags the listener into its melancholy hold. Songs like the album opener 'The Circle' and the ten minute plus epic 'At The Eternity’s Gate' prove that this band are the new guard of Doom Metal.
Doom Metallers and Metalheads alike will enjoy this album so damned much, and will venerate its melody and power for quite some time. The songs still swirl around in my head even as I write this review and I will go back to listen to it a few times more after I finish. After so many years of doing this, I love when a album can still excite me like this. The have surpassed their last rating from me.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.4 out of 10