Albez Duz – The Coming of Mictlan by Demitri Levantis

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Iron Bonehead Productions
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Released: September 2014
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albez.duz..coverBand line-up:

Impurus – All Instruments
Alfonso Brito Lopez – Vocals


Side A

1. Heaven’s Blind
2. Fire Wings
3. Mictlan
4. Feathered Snake

Side B

5. Drowned
6. Servants of Light
7. Twist in my Sobriety


Listen up all you keen Type O Negative fans, I have quite the gem for you. Peter Steele may be gone but remembered well, but having listened to German Gothic Doom outfit: Albez Duz, it seems he had an illegitimate child who has followed in his father’s footsteps to create the best Gothic Metal of the past decade.

That’s right, stick the band’s second studio album: THE COMING OF MICTLAN on and you’ll be thinking you’ve found a deleted Type O Negative album with vocalist: Alfonso Brito Lopez taking you from one husky drone of gothic metal to the next. Fire Wings sounds like Mortals and Witchfinder General in the same room, not to mention how it sounds like a flowing river of sound that will please any listener who’s out of it on whatever narcotics influenced this masterpiece. ‘Mictlan’ feels like a trip into the darkest realms of a stoner obsessed with the occult accompanied by a mix of riffs and melodies bearing a strong likeness to Stone Temple Pilots and Candlemass.

‘Drowned’ brings in the acoustic side of the album, showing how doom metal can be melodic as well as heavy – something which all the fans of melodic metal will find appealing. And ‘Servants of Light’ conjures up a hazy image of drug fuelled intoxication, as if you’ve been sucked into the unknown and your mind possessed by a mind numbing spirit.

Overall this one very impressive piece of Gothic Doom Metal. Anyone who wants to know what it would be like if Peter Steele ever fronted a Stoner Metal outfit, then check this album out. The finest seeds of the darkest subgenres have been blended together and created a masterpiece that will be welcomed in across the metal spectrum.

Review by Demitri Levantis