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CD REVIEW SAHG DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

SAHG

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

2013

 

 

PROGRESSIVE METAL COMES OF AGE

 

 

Progressive Doom-laden Metal is riding a wave of sorts at the minute with that early seventies sound crafted by Sabbath taking a number of different washes from full on Doom to more expansive experiments like SAHG.

 


This is an album which is sure to win over fans, with its Sabbath-lite stance, clear sounds, solid vocals and great performances across its eight groove-laden tracks.

 


Set up as a concept album ‘about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely’ (we all know one I’m sure) SAHG’s fourth album is far more Progressive than the straight Stoner rock they’ve given us previously.  As a consequence it’s a far more interesting album entirely trading subtlety for some of the bludgeon.

 


Opening track ‘Slip Off the Edge of the Universe’ is certainly representative of the album as a whole; but its tracks like ‘Blizzardborne’ that chart the newer territory of dark psychedelia.

 


One of our favourites here is the heavier ‘Firechild’ which treads on early Soundgarden’s toes. At the other end of the spectrum closing track ‘Sleeper’s Gate to the Galaxy’ is more Pink Floyd than Black Sabbath, and sweeps you up in its arms offering the skies above.

 


You’ll enjoy this.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW SAHG DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR 2013