Originally released on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on Halloween 2010, 'Hymns For The Wicked' wasn't just another debut album: first and foremost, it signed the brilliant return to form of some of Florida's most seasoned veterans, back to where they belong that is the dirty swamp of extreme metal the 80's way. Death, thrash, doom... Hell, having take part in such seminal acts as EQUINOX, ACHERON, INCUBUS or DIABOLIC, Steve Spillers (drums), Pete Slate (lead guitar) and Tony Blakk (basse and vocals) surely know about them all hence DRUID LORD that works as a kind of combination of all.
Owing a large debt to the mighty CELTIC FROST but also to doom lords such as CANDLEMASS and the very early doom/death scene - the intro alone of "Witchfinder" would have made PARADISE LOST circa the 'Lost Paradise' period proud - and akin to what ACID WITCH achieved on their debut, 'Hymns For The Wicked' is an old-school record that isn't nevertheless stuck in the past just for the sake of it. No, DRUID LORD have just to shave off the crap and take the genre back to its natural source. No gimmick, no female vocals, no modern production, just filthy and dirty doom with a death-metal edge, played with gusto and conviction.
Initially recorded as a trio (the band has since been joined by Ben Ross on rhythm guitar), this debut has lost in two years and a half none of its impact and DOOMENTIA is damn proud to make this intense piece of dooooom available to the public, this time with two extra tracks as bonuses for the diehards, curled from their latest 7 inches 'Druid Death Cult' that got almost instantly sold-out upon its release in April 2012.
released April 16, 2013
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