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VESTAL CLARET THE CULT OF VESTAL CLARET REVIEW 2014

 

VESTAL CLARET - THE CULT OF VESTAL CLARET

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC

MAY 6 2014

 

 

A bit like Christian Metal, Occult Metal bands have a hard time with unbelievers but thankfully I’ve always been able to look past dodgy lyrical content to the music. Vestal Claret is pretty much a traditional Metal band sonically, with quite stark Sabbath influences. This release out May 6 on Cruz del Sur Music is actually pretty damn fine.

 

If you like morbid songs about demons, death and other disturbing images you’ll no doubt find added attraction in the lyrics. The album itself contains a lot of previously available material including re-recorded versions of songs from the split release with Ungod and a new version of the epic ‘Black Priest’ from the split release with Albatross. Just to be really annoying the CD contains an exclusive song in ‘Great God Goat’ while the vinyl version exclusively adds a different track in ‘So Mote it Be’. Aside from the rather annoying fact that you have to but both CD and vinyl to hear the five new songs what we have is as we said pretty damn fine.

 

Standouts include the opening old school chug of ‘Never Say No Again’; the title track, which gives a taste of the real deep and brooding menace the band is capable of and ‘Great God Goat’ which has a great groove and a little more pace. ‘Black Priest’ is of course the song that makes the biggest impact though: it’s intense, brooding and menacing with some great guitar and changes.     

 

Solid, and heavily recommended to those that love their Doom deep and melancholy.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

VESTAL CLARET THE CULT OF VESTAL CLARET REVIEW 2014