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House of the Unholy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2009
Whenever I approach a CD under the stoner/doom tag, it's always with a certain amount of apprehension as the metal genre is literally flooded with bands all worshiping Sabbath. It was with more than a little delight & surprise then when first hearing this that my face was ripped off. This album is a monster.

CoM are a Japanese four piece who play precisely this style of music with lyrics centred around the lives of various serial killers through the ages & more than a little homage to Black Sabbath. With the title paying similar homage to Led Zep, there are traces of Iron Monkey, Boris & Sleep to name afew. This lot definelty know how to pull out the stops when it comes to replicating a style & yet still manage to effortlessly make the genre their own. Praise especially goes to the front man who growls & roars out the minimal lyrics with zeal & gusto.

If I had to chose a favourite it would probably be opener 'EL Padrino' but with only seven tracks over 40 odd minutes there's not much time to stop & contemplate. The kinetic energy of 'Shotgun Boogie', the brutal 'Blood Sucking Freak' & the classic in the making 'Born to Raise Hell' all add grit & substance to what is a fantastic collection of sludgy doom metal. Theres also an excellent Sir Lord Baltimore cover of 'Master Heartache' as well.

I recently passed up the opportunity to see this band live & am now really regretting it (did get to see Electric Wizard the following night so it's not all bad) but apparently the band also put on an amazing charismatic live show!

As a side note, my copy of the CD has come as a gatefold, mock vinyl with black disc made to look like a vintage record so top marks to Rise Above for the artwork. Maybe my album of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
That is him on the cover isn't it?

So, you think Nick Cave can do murder ballads?
Well, listen to this and think again. Young Nick has nowt on this. MURDER, METAL AND MAYHEM, what more can a Middle-aged METAL man want?

Nip off and BUY!
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