SEASON OF ARROWS-GIVE IT TO THE MOUNTAIN

Rating: 3.0/5
Label/Distributor: Static Tension Recordings
Released: 
2016
Buy Album:
 https://statictension.bandcamp.com/album/give-it-to-the-mountain
Band Website:
 https://seasonofarrows.bandcamp.com/

Band Lineup:fullsizerender

Stormie Wakefield-Vocals
Brandon Shepard-Guitar
Dave Gates-Guitar
Shawn Van Dusen-Bass
Brad Lawson-Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Farewell to the Horseman
2. Deep Graves
3. Evening Lord
4. Autumn Wings
5. The Bridge
6. New Sorcery
7. Bellow
8. From the Wilderness We Return

Review

Season of Arrows have brought a feast of music with their sophomore full release ‘Give It To The Mountain’. Carrying on from 2014’s self-titled debut this quintet from Nashville, Tennessee bring 45 more minutes of intriguing doom tinged darkness. They have moved on in terms of style and have really captured the powerful yet haunting presence of vocalist Stormie Wakefield’s voice which, although was prominent enough on the original, wasn’t fully explored in terms of her range.

The album opens strongly with ‘Farewell To The Horsemen’, bringing a slow, calm melody in before being stamped down upon by the groove trodden boots of the guitarists Brad Lawson and David Gates. Stormie Wakefield’s voice aligns with the band’s efforts, complimenting the barrage of music being pummelled out by the band. You get a good representation of the band’s diversity through the opening track. Strong choruses, hard riffs, atmosphere, intensity, calm, melody; this song has all the necessary ingredients to launch the album.

The heavier songs on this album are the ones that have more staying power. The third track ‘Evening Lord’ brings back the riff after a lull in the shorter doomy second track ‘Deep Graves’. The album has many modes though and is not all riff orientated. The vocals can dominate at times, driving the shifts in tempo and atmosphere. Songs like ‘The Bridge’ are hauntingly emotive until we are brought to the pinnacle of the album in ‘New Sorcery’ which stands tall above the rest in terms of heaviness and grandeur.

The album ends memorably with the soothing tranquillity of ‘Bellow’ before ending with the album’s strongest display of musicality in ‘From The Wilderness We Return’. It’s an excellent end to an album which certainly has its moments. The production seems better albeit they have retained the services of producer Mikey Allred who worked on their first release. Stormie Wakefield’s voice is captured perfectly and mixed in more competently than in their first album. This makes for a much better sound and although their self-titled release had more pace in tempo at points, I believe this to be a better album as a whole. Well worth the 45 minutes sacrificed.

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