Upon first listen to BRICKET WOOD COVEN, the albums first track, I imagined myself in the deep forest staring up at the imperial night sky indulging in some northern lights bliss. The sheer density of Dave Days’ guitar tone, which sounds like he’s using the legendary guitar amp Green by Matamp, and the deep blues groove behind it is reminiscent of late 70’s rock and the modern doom/stoner rock sound. Not that this sound is necessarily unique but the deadpan, Lori S. (Acid King), style vocal of Sophie Day brings a sombre calm to the music.
THE MASK OF HERNE is where I think the album breaks up from the monotony of your typical stoner rock jam. AWAKENING THE FOREST is dark as is but this track brings an element of Type O Negative into the picture with hypnotic, dark, head-bobbing riffs. ALUNAH saved the best for last with the closer, THE SUMMERLAND. The band incorporates an atmospheric instrumental intro and slowly builds into the climax, which consists of a heavy as the gates of hell opening up riff, full on doom ending.
There are definite times on the album where the pace of the songs seem to blend together leaving the listener a bit restless. The guitar tone alone though, for those of us who love that full on saturated, doom, heavy as piss sound, is worthy of giving this album a listen.