(6/10) That Brimstone Coven are inspired by Black Sabbath isn't a secret. The band's debut wasn't a real jaw-dropping expereince and I was curious if the second release will mark a step forward. Not really.
The opener "Black Magic" already shows how deep the guys are grounded in 70's doom metal. Actually the tune belongs to the better ones on the record. The verse reminded me of Lake Of Tears before a chorus satrts that you have to get used to.
But "Black Magic" is a bit lengthly. There are doubtless some cool tracks on the album, like the rocking "Black Unicorn", and also the faster "Slow Death" belongs to the more thrilling numbers on "Black Magic".
After a while I got the feeling that I have heard it now. There are songs like "As We Fall" that are quite trivial. The same goes for "The Plague". The tunes have the right approach and some good ideas, however the final result isn't a mind-blowing musical experience. Also "Forsaken" is too vacous and I hope that the band will add more power and inspiration to their next release.
"Black Magic" has some magic moments but also many black shadows. I wonder if the Brimstone Coven can compete with other bands being part of the current retro rock wave that's flooding the scene right now.
Let's keep it like that, the third album will decide.
- Black Magic
- Black Unicorn
- Beyond the Astral
- As We Fall
- Upon the ,ountain
- Slow Death
- The Seers
- The Plague
- The Eldest Tree
Label: Metal Blade
Genre: Doom Metal
Release Date EU: January 29th, 2015