Take up your axe, take up your sword!
Gallo is perhaps the most talented and underrated doom musician in
the United States these days. After the classic Orodruin
album Epicurean Mass and
his more recent experimentations with Blizaro and
John Gallow, he's back with a full new band to deliver something
different and quite interesting.
Giant Rises is the second
demo of this band from Rochester and shows a more
primitive, visceral and downright epic take on doom metal and heavy
metal compared to 2014's Paul Chain influenced Violet
overtly complex and cerebral piece of doom. Elfspell is still rich
and technically but explores proto extreme metal and epic metal in a
completely distinctive take. I always like the lo-fi approach in
traditional metal such as the charmant dorkiness of New York's
Realmbuilder or the heavy/black metal of Toronto's Demontage and this
band has the same philosophy.
Within the three extended
numbers (all around seven minutes), we're able to find raw epic doom
mixed with a lot of other stuff (this black metal break in the title
track is lovely) and illustrated by a geeky and fun drawing of a big
ass dragon and a logo similar to what old school death metal or
symphonic black metal are known to used!
production is raw for this kind of music but it fits the persona of
Elfspell. This is real Dungeon & Dragons metal unlike overblown
shit like Rhapsody of Fire. The dual guitars play these
intricate riffs but the whole thing in rooted in a sort of
twisted world where the biggest bands in the world are Mortuary
Drape, Candlemass, Pagan Altar and Manilla Road. The vocals
of Ron Blackwell (Crucifist, Nokturnal Hellstorm) are manly, deep
cleans and they're really fun. There's also an amusing folk
metal influence, especially on “Jar'Al's Lament”.
The closing track of this demo has this medieval feel not too
different from what Skyclad were doing.
I'm excited to
hear what this band can do in the future, I'm sure their debut
full length will blow me away. Those twenty minutes made me a fan.
I'm excited to hear what this band can do in the future, I'm sure their debut full length will blow me away. Those twenty minutes made me a fan.