Space God Ritual - Eldritch Tales (2013)
From the first glance at the track-list of Space God Ritual's new album, Eldritch Tales, there's a sense that this crew has a deep fondness for both H.P. Lovecraft and Black Sabbath. Song names like “Mad Alhazred”, “Necromantic Woman”, and “The Doom Of Sarnath” set a tasty, horror-packed tone before the music even kicks in; but once it does, with the opening track “The Elder Door”, the implicit demonic tones take full flight. There's some suggestions of Pentagram or Candlemass to the vocals, while the instrumental side of the songs has so much variety it's difficult to pin them to any single influence, though there's more than a few overt nods to the styles of the '70s. It all comes together for a doom-soaked experience with plenty of kick to the drums and dark, groovy riffs that slide right into place. Pick it up if you're looking for someone worthy of carrying the torch from the big names of heavy doom metal; this is excellent stuff.
For Fans Of; Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Magic Circle, Moon Curse