Make – The Golden Veil

The Golden Veil

Given the amount of music we listen to here at Feedbackmetal HQ, it is always a magnificent feeling when you discover a new band or sound that inspires you.  After one listen to The Golden Veil from North Carolina’s doom-metal trio MAKE, I just had to find out more about them.  Having explored their previous work, I also discovered The Pod, by the same trio.  Which is well worth checking out too.  Opening track ‘I Was Sitting Quietly, Peeling Back My Skin’ is a gorgeous instrumental that fades in against the sound of gentle rain, giving way to some stirring acoustic guitar and chilling Synthesizers.  The perfectly built tension soon shorts out and we are straight into second track ‘Breathe’ cavernous drums herald the piercing guitars of Scott Endres.  One thing this group do extremely well is build the momentum and expectation of the listener.  ‘The Absurdist’ is the brightest jewel in the crown of this seven track album and vocally this trio, tick all the right boxes.  This piece of work is haunting, soaring, angered and unsettling all in the space of seven and a half minutes.  The guitars are vast and masticating, whilst the drums are solid and complimenting.  Following track ‘The Architect’ takes a while to get out of first gear but when it does, it soars and meanders expertly.  Incidentally, there are two digital exclusive tracks available ‘We Are Coiled’ and ‘In the Final Moments, Uncoiling’ which is an added treat for anyone who is not going to be able to get their hands on one of the limited edition 180gm vinyl versions with deluxe packaging, which will be available in September.

Make is:
Scott Endres (Guitar, Synthesizers, Vocals), Spencer Lee (Bass, Vocals), Matt Stevenson (Drums, Beats)



Hexenjäger – Demo


March 2015 saw the release of one of the finer demo’s this year by French doom metal quartet Hexenjäger.  The band take their name for the German meaning for Witch Hunter.  Opening track ‘Hexenjäger’ has an unsettling spoken dialogue intro.  Bassist Flo explains.  “The exchange at the beginning of the demo is an audio sample from the movie ‘Inquisicion’ (the first ever film directed by Spanish actor, Paul Naschy).  He is tryin to get an assumed witch to confess to making a pact with the prince of darkness.  The woman keeps reiterating that she is not a witch (No lo soy bruja).  The pace of the track does not waver throughout, with the main riff is undoubtedly a tip of the hat to the legendary Black Sabbath, on the title track of their self-titled masterpiece of 1970.  The vocals of are haunted, elongated and bellowing.  Chilling stuff.  Second track ‘Murk’ boasts a lurking behemoth of a riff.  Unfortunately the vocals are not as strong here.  Lead singer Charly seems to struggle to hit the high notes at around five minutes in.  However, it is not something that could not be rectified in future releases and on the strength of this demo, there will surely be many more to come.

Hexenjäger are
Charles (Guitars), Ben (Drums), Charly (Vocals), Flo (Bass).


Broken Down – First Spit

Broken Down - First Spit
Whenever I listen to a new band, I hope to be lucky enough to be reviewing the next Slipknot or Royal Blood. Something that reeks of quality from every pore.  It was clear from the outset that this wasn’t going to be one of those albums.  Maybe a decent singer could have lifted it a bit, but these guys have been let down badly by some of the worst mixing and sound engineering I’ve ever encountered.  A bit of experienced guidance would have yielded a few improvements.  Firstly, the vocalist (I couldn’t bring myself to say singer) is a focus for most bands and this guy isn’t cut out for it. His vocal is pretty much awful throughout.  Next, if they want to sing in English, they need to use English properly.  As they get to the end of Track 4 ‘On The Way To Be Yourself‘, in a badly advised acapella ending they have the diction of a youtube video shot in Venezuela.  All the band give us a demonstration of their vocal and again I find myself asking where the sound engineer was while they were all singing out of tune with the music and each other!  That brings us onto the role of actually engineering the music.  It would have been hard enough to wring a decent result from this format, but someone should have stepped in to avoid the disaster that is the badly covered Eiffel 65 track, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” which was terrible the first time around in 1998 and somehow worse here in it’s guise as a fusion metal.  To make it worse they go on to copy the tune from Boney M’s “Daddy cool” on the track “Like a Witch Daddy Doom”.  I’m sorry to say, this has been a complete ‘miss’.  I get the direction, but the execution is poor and amateurish and unless they get some personnel changes both in and around the band, I suspect they’re destined to fail. 1/10

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Grey Widow – I

Grey Widow - I - cover

I is the debut album from English group Grey Widow. The group was formed by members of other bands such as Dopefight, Parole, Thread and The Ergon Carousel and as such is seriously heavy. The album has an oppressive sound with snarling bass and anguished vocals with a distinct sludge metal style mixed with black and doom metal. Each track has a strong feeling of Despair and anger punctuating everything from the vocals to the drums and there is a somewhat distorted sound also in the mix which adds to the malicious atmosphere that permeates the album. The album gets more aggressive the further you progress with vi being a highlight and viii sounding like the onset of hell. Overall the album has an old school approach in that it sets out its theme and expands on it impressively but also manages to keep it minimalist, there is no filler here, no track to simply bulk up the numbers. What is here is dark, nasty, uncompromising, seething with rage and it wants to smash your head in. Fans of doom, sludge or just good metal in general will find plenty to love here and many may find their new favourite band. An excellent listen.




Hammerstorm – The Lonely Wanderer

Hammerstorm - The Lonely Wanderer
The Lonely Wanderer is the debut release from international Atmospheric / Black Metal duo Hammerstorm. Featuring Immortal Frost Productions’ very own Surtur on vocals and Slikver (Astral Winter’s Josh Young) handling all instruments this long running relationship has had a hand in some of the genres best work and this is a strong first release that deserves to be heard and indeed successful. Opening with ‘Mystics Of His Soul’ where Surtur screams over some medieval keyboard. It essentially acts as an intro to second track ‘The Lonely Wanderer’, which carries the same melody on keyboards but it soon takes a back seat to some traditional Black Metal guitars and frenzied drumming. ‘Along The Shades Of Darkness’ is a battle hymn that opens with combative percussion, speared with classic Black metal shredding from Slikver. Unfortunately, the momentum gained from previous songs is lost somewhat by long intros to most of the tracks. ‘Whispers From The Depths Of The Forest’ is a personal favourite due to the varied musicianship on it. The quickly executed guitar riffs are comparable to classic Iron Maiden. The only downside is that the lyrics seem slightly lost in the mix. Elsewhere ‘When Darkness Falls Upon Me’ leads the second half of the album. The opening drum track sounds misplaced though and lets the track down. However, after a minute and a half this is no longer the case and business is resumed. Well worth checking this one out.

Hammerstorm is:
Slikver (All instruments), Surtur (Vocals).

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