Day of the Crow, by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

I inevitably associate crows with that scene from Hitcock’s ‘The Birds’ when they mass on the climbing frame. And whilst you’re probably safe from any sneaky winged attack, from note one Day of the Crow offer that same suggestion of something about to happen. In this case it’s a heavy barrage of provocative riffs with a streak of bluesy groove….

Of course it’d be easy to compare them to the likes of Pantera and Lamb of God, but instead I’ll liken Day of the Crow to the kind of hard tinny spread those bands would enjoy on their morning toast. That’s not to say they’d eat them for breakfast, more that Day of the Crow are the sort of iron bellied nourishment that I imagine would go down well with such figures.

In much the same way as Lemmy is recognised for his distinctively gravelly sound, so vocalist Dan Pickering has the rasp of someone who has swallowed down a whole desert only to find there’s no vending machines in the vicinity. Musically, former Decimate guitarist Alex Kelly takes the lead with his perfectly paced yet intricate solos – most interestingly in the stop-start teaser of ‘Into the Wake.’

Yet as ‘Broken Black Wings’ sorrowful opening slowly paces in we are treated to an altogether more melodically smoothed vocal approach. Ok so you can imagine the video being shot in black and white, and potentially on a cliff edge/graveyard/*insert poignant location*, but by default ‘Broken Black Wings’ also has the emotional impact to go with it.

Ignoring the pun, Day of the Crow will have you spitting feathers that you hadn’t heard of them before now. Find yourself a spot on the climbing frame and prepare to take flight.