Sunday, February 12, 2012

Storming Scots...

What The Blood Revealed - Harbour Of Devils (2012)


Easing you back towards the heavy stuff now following our last mellow post rock update. A first for the blog too as this is the only time we've been sent anything from sunny old Scotland, but boy have they made up for their absence.
Guitarist Scott recently dropped me a line along with an early copy of Harbour Of Devils. Now I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but just look at that cover artwork! If that doesn't grab your attention then surely there's something wrong with you. Thats just the beginning though. Whack this album on and you'll instantly be bathed in an array of text book post metal, more than worthy of standing up to any of the bands Hydra Head Records current roster. Bit of a bold statement? Well... no, not really. In all honesty, its incredibly hard to believe that this is the bands first album. Everything feels so tight and well executed, which on the other hand makes it quite easy to believe that the band have since their conception share the stage with the likes of Kylesa, This Will Destroy You and our friends Crippled Black Phoenix, to name but a few. They possess that ability to seamlessly merge from beautifully soft and melodic tones to gain heavy chugging to awesome catchy riffs besieged with fuzz. All those elements combined make for one hell of an album that twists and turns and builds up that 'quiet before the storm' kind of emotion thats quintessential for a good post metal album.
But at the end of the day this really is one of those bands that don't need to be talked up all that much. Just a brief listen will more than convince you of their worthiness. Especially if you're even the slightest bit into acts such as Pelican, Neurosis, Zozobra or just spend any discernible time on the Blue Collar Distro web store. Yeah we're only a month in, but its going straight into our best of 2012.
The album drops on 12th March and should only set you back about 5 bucks via Field Records - a bargain if ever I've seen one! Scott also mentioned that they're looking into possibly getting a 100 or so pressed on wax, so fingers crossed! For the time being though, check out the streamed sample tracks and the guys two EP's and wet your appetite a little.

For Fans Of; Pelican, Red Sparowes, Russian Circles, Gifts From Enola, Caspian