Bludy Gyres – ‘Echoes Of A Distant Scream’

Bludy Gyres are a doom metal band from Atlanta, GA, USA. Founded in 2014, moulded by early Black Sabbath, also influenced by early English prog, ‘E.O.A.D.S’. is their debut full-length album, following a self titled 2 track in 2014, a single release in 2015 (both produced by Mike Froedge (Black Label Society, Dixie, Inc)) and a sample track in 2016, produced at Tommy Stewart’s Blue Ogre Noise Lab. Two members of B.G. (Chris Abbamonte and Tommy Stewart) are also members of thrash band Hallows Eve. The band are signed to SoMan records for this release only. They plan to continue gigging and make another album.

To Live Is To Bleed – Very Gothic intro there! Doom filled, bass laden, trenchant darkness. Strangely restful, in its deliberated slow pace, this is one heavy, leaden track, which’ll suit all doom metal fans down to the ground. A slightly Clutch-esque structure to it, the track length’s long enough to absorb and there’s something vaguely psychedelic about its arrangements. Its main feature, though, is its consistent doomy, stoner essence and extraordinarily heavy feel. So heavy as to evoke mental imagery of tombstones and mortuary slabs being moved, in the dead of night. Spooky, but affecting.

Kept Death Busy – Slightly lighter tone, incorporating vocal harmonies, but it does get darker again, this time, rocking a marginally Nick Cave-esque emphasis. Ideal fright night fodder, but this material’s only for the strongest of souls. Exceptionally doomy qualities make it an effective chill-out track, for darkened rooms and probably equally darkened minds. Again, the sliding notes and slowed pace do hold a strange sense of ambience, making it oddly relaxing, yet it never loses its edge. Doomier than most, if it ever enters a battle of doom contest, it will win. Just solid concrete, throughout.

Discipline Man – Nice bit of intro riffage! A more melodic slant to this one, even if the lyrics could just do with a bit more clarity. That guitar work’s well placed, adding a much-needed sense of tunefulness and lifting the tone, at just the right point, but again, without losing any strength. In fact, the heaviness is emphasised in all the right places here. Okay, so it may not be as revealing as its title suggests, but still…. you’ll enjoy the heaviness anyway).

Defy The Lie – Lovely gentle riffage introing, with a mesmerising tone, likely to suck you in, before moving, so fluidly, into a heavier, yet not quite so heavy section. Subtly sophisticated timing of vocals and instrumental arrangements and a slightly lighter feel, generally. Liking those musical riffs, that seem to penetrate your senses, as it moves towards the end. A definite permeating essence about them, especially as their gentler side is revealed. Timing has much to be said for itself, in this track and every opportunity is taken to maximise it, along with the rhythm.

OOD – (Ogre Of Death) – Slamming down the thunderous bass effect once more, this final track is really very much an ode to doom. They do throw in a very noticeably intense Slayer-esque riff sound aswell, though, which’ll undoubtedly resonate with all ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ fans. One increasingly clear fact is that B.G. are absolute unbeatable masters of timing. That skill alone contributes massively to the success of ‘E.O.A.D.S’. As if that wasn’t enough in itself, to cement their brilliance within this album, that acoustic finale ends it so perfectly, that it says it all.

Overall – An extraordinarily heavy slab of doom, so complex, it doesn’t end there. Revealing a huge capacity for intelligent song construction and versatile arrangements, with sophisticated tonal variations, ensuring intrigue at every turn, B.G. have proved themselves masters of doom, with unique twists and individual touches. ‘E.O.A.D.S’. is a dark, doomy masterpiece, of light and shade, against an intensely concrete background.

9/10 *********

For fans of dark, doom and stoner metal, eg Clutch, Witchcraft, Electric Wizard, Grand Magus, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and psychedelic rock, eg, The Doors.

Release date 1st February 2017.

Available on CD Baby and on SoMan Records.

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