Nashville doom band Season of Arrows have left Static Tension Recordings and are very excited about moving to Argonauta Records, and are due to release their second LP on March 24th.
Reminding me of Witch Mountain in more ways than one, Season of Arrows offer a luxuriant album, that first coaxes you in with its warm purple and orange album covers and the haunting pose of the lady as she walks towards you, and then sinks its hooks in like an addictive illegal substance.
“Deep Graves” uses echo to good effect on her voice to add an extra layer and nether worldly dream charm to the hazy stoned heavy metal playing behind enhancing my opium day dream. Whilst “Evil Lord” scares me with those Hammer Horror riifs and “The Bridge” takes me down loooow, with a comedown in to the depths of darkness and solitude, a suffocating pit I struggle to resist her siren like charms. They have the chunk power of Witch Mountain and the mesmerizing haunt of Devil’s Blood.
Date Released: 06/24/2016
Label: Argonauta Records
Album Type: Full Length
Album info: Bandcamp
Whiskey soaked vocals accompany that all American southern sound of sludge doom. Definitely for fans of the NOLA sound, Hollow Leg from Jacksonville Florida deliver exactly what is expected of them – a relentless harsh graveled vocal over nod inducing power… but hold on, track three, “The Serpent in the Ice” piques my attention as it has a solo drum intro. This stands out from the expected sound, and rolls and peals as it builds quite a groove along with the guitars.
I take it back, this isn’t what I expected after the opening salvos of the Anselmo style barrage. It has now turned left at Albuquerque (as Bugs Bunny used to say), and got a gentle groove going with instrumental track “Atra,” the only instrument missing from this is a Jews Harp, That would really nail that slightly spooked swamp sound. And “Electric Veil” opens with an exploratory stoner vibe, the guitar licks curl like the rising smoke from a cone. Then the power hits as the vocals and drums kick me from my ennui!