01. Veil Of Isis
02. Cloak Of Feathers
03. Arcane Montane
04. The Hidden Masters
05. Dying Earth
07. Seven Sisters
08. Hawks & Serpents
09. Eyes Of The Stormwitch
[Razor And Tie]
Metal has evolved greatly over the past 40-something years. However, many of us tend to forget that metal originated from the blues. It was this genre that influenced the first few metal bands, and if you listen to their work, you can clearly hear the influence. Sometimes we also forget how well metal can groove, how well it can get in the pocket. These elements of groove were continued with sludge and stoner bands, and continue to this day. While many of us overindulge in prog, djent, tech, and death metal, we often forget to go back to our roots, to revisit the true origins of metal, and to just relax and enjoy the old stuff. However, there are very few bands that can take this select brand of metal and make it sound unique. Mastodon, Sleep, and Kyuss are all examples of bands that do it very well. However, one band that continues to do it well, and have perfected their formula to deliver their best record yet, is The Sword.
Female fronted stoner/doom metal is few and few between these days. But few bands within that specific demographic meet the same amount of finesse as Castle does. With unique and catchy riffs and captivating vocals, they obtain a awesome and unique sound that is underrated in today’s metal world. Read on to learn more of this amazing band on their influences, background, and what recording their new album Blacklands, out now on Prosthetic Records.
So tell us a little bit about Castle’s past. Were any of you in bands prior to Castle? How did you guys meet and what made you all want to make doom metal?
Mat: Yes, Al and I were in a bunch of bands over the years, going back to the late 80′s. Castle is really a culmination of all that experience. When I started Castle in 2006 it was just me writing. I had a couple early incarnations of the band but nothing took off. I met Liz about four years ago and shortly after that we were working together. Al and I have known each other going way back so when Liz and I had the lyrics and melodies down I called him up and asked him to play drums on what became the first album. This was in 2010.
One thing that immediately sets you apart from the rest is that you have a female singer. Elizabeth, do you feel any sort of pressure fronting this band? How have folks received your music so far?
Liz: Only in a good way…yeah, pressure to deliver performances worthy of the music. Other than that not really. We’re pretty focused on what we do and I myself don’t hold us up to a different light and compare us to what other bands are doing. The response has been great.
Hey there, folks… groverXIII here with some free tunes for you all. Now, I know that HBIH isn’t exactly rife with stoner grooves; you don’t see a lot of stoner rock bands mentioned around here, but I’m a big fan, and hey, free music is free music. I’ll start things off with Lord 13, a Greek stoner/hard rock band who have their entire discography available at their website. Now, as far as stoner rock goes, Lord 13 are fairly straightforward in their music, eschewing psychedelic noodling and layers of fuzz in favor of more standard, Southern rock riffage. But damn, they do it pretty well. I haven’t even worked my way through their discography yet, but they’re really growing on me. What can I say? I’m a sucker for riffs.
Mastodon let their fans know that they’ve recently stepped into the studio to write and record their new album by uploading a series of photos in the album ‘New Album Recording April 2011′. The above photo of the legendary Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Probot, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures, etc if you somehow forgot his legacy) was tucked neatly at the end, leading rock fans everywhere to salivate in awe at the possibility of Dave contributing to the new album. Dave is certainly fit for Mastodon’s sound, just as Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures, etc) fit in perfectly in “Colony of Birchmen” from their album Blood Mountain. Hopefully this ends up being more than friendly goofing off and we see a recorded collab between Dave and Mastodon; it’s just undeniably sweet and should be excellent!
Expect to hear more about this soon enough. We’ll have the record later this year!