ARTIST:

DREAD SOVEREIGN

(IRELAND)
TITLE:

ALCHEMICAL WARFARE

(2021)
LABEL:

METAL BLADE RECORDS

GENRE:

DOOM

TAGS:
Melancholic
"More than ever, "Alchemical Warfare" affirms the singularity of Dread Sovereign, wizard of a heavy doom with hints of black metal."
CHILDERIC THOR (15.02.2021)  
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For those who missed the previous episodes, know that Dread Sovereign is the laboratory that allows A.A. Nemtheanga, the singer of Primordial to quench his thirst for Doom. If we can really reduce the music of the Irish trio to this genre.

Dread Sovereign likes the numb tempos and the general atmosphere invites more contrition than joy of life, so many invariants peculiar to a style where values, authenticity and respect for dogma generally take precedence over audacity and emancipatory desires. This is precisely what the Irish do not deny themselves, having managed to find a balance between tradition and, not modernity, but a rather singular approach because it is permeable to other kinds, from quasi-cosmic rock to the most primary black metal. The whole is wrapped in a very rustic sound, free of any artifice.

And the more time passes, the more Dread Sovereign seems to do as he pleases, cultivating his difference and his freedom. "Alchemical Warfare" testifies to it. Compared in particular to its predecessor, "For Doom The Bells Toll", it traces a furrow clearly more difficult to follow. The program is difficult to penetrate, with short instrumental pieces (the prologue 'A Curse On Men', 'Viral Tomb') and protrusions ('Devil's Bane' or the reprise of Bathory 'You Don't Move It (I Don't Give A Fuck)') whose brutal dryness contrasts with an often foggy and enveloping ensemble. The fact that the titles in the most stretched format are themselves introduced by a slow and interminable introduction reinforces this impression of being confronted with a hermetic block.

"Alchemical Warfare" therefore requires patience on the part of those who decide to venture into the subterranean depths of its darkly occult intimacy. Of course, there is Alan Averill's recognizable vocals, which sounds like a beacon, a lookout piercing this opaque fog and which is impossible to resist for those who are sensitive to the overwhelming force that emanates from it ('The Great Best We Serve'). But to limit Dread Sovereign to the singer alone would be unfair as Bones's guitar and JK's drums participate just as much in the erection of these reliefs that are at once abrupt and nimbed by a nebulous veil. The first oscillates between telluric drilling and very rock'n'roll bites, the second beats with an hypnotic pulse. In the end, they lead us into a saraband around a bottomless abyss with 'She Wolves Of The Savage Season', 'Nature Is The Devil's Church' and 'Ruin Upon The Temple Mount'.

More than ever, "Alchemical Warfare" affirms the singularity of Dread Sovereign, wizard of a heavy doom with hints of black metal whose hardness does not exonerate him from a soft agony...


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SIMILAR BANDS:
PRIMORDIAL, ALTAR OF PLAGUES


TRACK LISTING:
01. A Curse On Men
02. She Wolves Of The Savage Season
03. The Great Beast We Serve
04. Nature Is The Devil's Church
05. Her Master's Voice
06. Viral Tomb
07. Devil's Bane
08. Ruin Upon The Temple Mount
09. You Don't Move Me (i Don't Give A Fuck) *cd+digital Bonus Track Only

LINEUP:
A.A. Nemtheanga: Chant / Basse
Bones: Guitares
Jk: Batterie
   
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