Dread Sovereign – For Doom The Bell Tolls

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Ván Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.van-records.de
Released: 2017

Band lineup:Dread-Sovereign-For-Doom-the-Bell-Tolls-CD-Preorder_3055
Nemtheanga (vocals & bass),
Dubh Sol (drums) and
Bones (guitar)
1. For Doom The Bell Tolls (2:25)
2. Twelve Bells Toll In Salem (13:01)
3. This World Is Doomed (6:15)
4. Draped In Sepulchral Fog (2:26)
5. The Spines Of Saturn (7:57)
6. Live Like An Angel, Die Like A Devil (Venom Cover) (4:52)

Dread Sovereign can safely be called true evil doom. Yep, that says it for me. Musically masterful and reminds me of so many great things about this genre, such as the dark riffs of early Black Sabbath to the black metal of Venom. What a great album, though I don’t dig the subject content. On a personal level this album is just fabulous. Dread Sovereign are a trio coming out of Dublin and according to the labels website have two other concoctions of evil available for purchase. Therefore, I assume this is the third album to date.

My favourite tracks are hard to call as I like all of them to be honest, even the cover version of Venom’s ‘Live like an Angel, Die Like A Devil’. I guess if I had to choose I would say ‘Twelve Bells Toll In Salem’, an epic track of Sabbath-like proportions and so is ‘The World Is Doomed’. Although the tonality is a little flat in sound, all in all the vocals and music blend to create a truly great album. A must have for lovers of doom, black and early metal. So what are you waiting for, go and buy it. Footnote: Not for the faint of heart.

Reviewed By: Nidge Sanders

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