RUSSIAN STONER/DEATH DOOM METAL
8/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
When Russian band Evoke Thy Lords first started they plied their trade along the more Gothic doom metal trail, inspired as they were by Lovecraft and the world of dreams. Now in 2013 whilst the message has not changed totally the sound certainly has, with a groovier and darker edge to things Evoke Thy Lords new album “Drunken Tales” out through Solitude Productions has a far more stoner/death doom feel too it.
You can still hear the bands earlier influences and sounds this album progresses, the darkened shades, the haunting droning vocals, it is all still there. What’s new is the endless flute playing, sounding out brilliantly throughout the record, the groovier stoner riffs, the throb and rumble of the bass lines and the steady, slow and measured approach of the drums, all combining to make a seriously groovy album! “Drunken Tales” is the perfect album to chill out too with a few cold ones so the name itself fits perfectly, as for the music though Evoke Thy Lords have put a lot of time and effort into the creative process behind “Drunken Tales” and whilst the name might lead you to expect some drunken shambolic mess of riffs and little else, nothing could be further from the truth as the band demonstrate their ability to perform intricate and deep tunes! Superb work!