Date Released: 03/07/2016
Album Type: Full Length
Album info: Bandcamp
Petrichor is an interesting word meaning “a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather” and this band have named their debut Rain and it starts off with a raining sound effect! What more could you want?!
Petrichor are a gloomy blackened doom band from Leeds in northern England and I guess there’s a romantic feel to them, the lyrical pictures are very grandiose My Dying Bride-esque, with talk of cleansing rain, but with a lo-fi DIY feel, that isn’t a criticism as I love the impassioned raw feel to this current wave of black metal themed music.
Three piece Petrichor, you know I love three pieces, launch off track two with some epic sounding guitar alongside rhythmic cymbals and that MDB style vocal, which isn’t too far from To Warrior in his Celtic Frost days, so this has a dark and gloomy misery feel to it, the tuning of black metal but the tempo of mid paced doom. Some of the funereal doom I find try too hard, yet this seems to be naturally gloomy!
There is a British scene worth exploring, with Old Corpse Road, Vanyar, Narayana, Carnivorous Forest, Ulfarr amongst others. And Leeds, where they hail from is of course the ancestral home of Andrew Eldritch of Sister of Mercy, so there must be something in the water up there eh?!
The growly vocals change on “We Are The Fire” to a soaring style akin to some Power Metal, or in a Candlemass vein. This is an absolute ripper of a release, and I am now scouring the net for similar UK bands.