(7/10) Slow, heavy and mean. That's how the riffs of the new Conan album just dig into your brain.
The trio from the UK plays Doom Metal and released their new album called "Blood eagle" via Naplam Records.
Already the almost 10 minutes long opner "Crown of talons" gives you a clear indication of what to expect from the other songs. An extremely slow and down tuned guitar riff is the base for this song. In an almost hypnotic monotony the song steamrolls everything which is standing in its way. Compared to this monster "Total conquest" feels like a relief; at least before the next heavy riff starts. The breaks is over and the journey on the lava stream continues. It's fasinating.
That the band also can play more speedy is what they proof with "Foehammer". The fast begining tears you out of your lethargy. The songs sounds almost like a nasty thrasher. "Gravity chasm" is an almost grooving song which is nearly swinging compared to what we have heard before. The last two songs on this six track full-length album will put you back to where you started. Slow, heavy and mean comes the next depression around the corner.
"Blood eagle" is an album which is polarizing. You either like it or not. I think there is very little inbetween. I have to say that I had a hard time to to listen to it in one complete run, but there also have been enough elements which have been really cool and fascinating. Create your own opinion.
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Doom Metal
The tour dates of stoner/doom rocker Conan ... here they are:
14.03.14 UK - Nottingham / Stuck On A Name Studio
15.03.14 UK - Bournemouth / The Anvil
16.03.14 UK - Birmingham / The Asylum 2
17.03.14 UK - Glasgow / Audio
19.03.14 UK - Manchester / Kraak Gallery
20.03.14 UK - Cardiff / Full Moon
21.03.14 UK - Brighton / The Prince Albert
22.03.14 UK - London / Electrowerkz
09.04.14 BE - Liège / le Hangar
10.04.14 NL - Tilburg / Roadburn Festival
11.04.14 DE - Würzburg / Cafe Cairo
12.04.14 DE - Leipzig / Doom Over Leipzig
13.04.14 DK - Copenhagen / KB18
14.04.14 NO - Oslo / Revolver
16.04.14 FI - Jÿvaskÿla / Lutakko
17.04.14 FI - Helsinki / Kuudes Linja
18.04.14 FI - Tampere / Klubi
19.04.14 FI - Oulu / Nuclear NightClub
21.04.14 SE - Stockholm / tba
22.04.14 SE - Lund / Hemgarden
23.04.14 DE - Berlin / Jaegerklause
24.04.14 DE - Wiesbaden / Kulturpalast
25.04.14 NL - Groningen / Vera
26.04.14 DE - Hamburg / Droneburg Festival
27.04.14 DE - Cologne / Underground
21.06.14 FR - Clisson / Hellfest