Demon Head – Thunder On The Fields

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label: The Sign Records
Released:2017
Buy Album [URL]: http://freighttrain.se/en/

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Band line-up:

J.W. – Drums
M.S.F. – Bass
B.G.N. – Guitar
T.G.N. – Guitar
M.F.L. – Vocals

Tracklisting:
  1. Mennesheaederen
  2. We Are Burning
  3. Thunder On The Fields
  4. Older Now
  5. Hic Svnt Dracones
  6. Gallows Omen
  7. Untune The Sky
Review:

Recorded retro style on a 16 track tape in an isolated log cabin, during the winter of 2016, this is the second offering by Copenhagen based Demon Head. The doom metallers are fairly fresh to the scene, formed in 2012 with their previous release and debut ‘Ride The Wilderness’ having been released in 2015. The band are keen to express how much they were influenced by Black Sabbath, with heavy sounds, doom laden lyrics and loose swing feel to the rhythms, however they fail to capture the excitement that Sabbath exuded and certainly don’t have the same skill level as their heroes.

This is a short affair as albums go, just seven tracks, spanning 40 minutes of music, beginning with ‘Mennesheaederen’ a five minute long track, with the air of a slow moving funeral dirge. The vocals are very deep, and hard to discern to the point I struggle to define if they are in English or Danish for much of the song, unable to fathom a meaning from the lyrics leaves me seeking direction from the emotion and musicality of the piece, and even there it is hard to discover.  Track two is at least in English, ‘We Are Burning’ has a quicker tempo, rockier guitars and vocally is better than the opener. However, you know the Priest in Father Ted, the one with the really boring voice in the underwear dept scene, well if he made a record it would sound like this one. Title track ‘Thunder On The Fields’ is fueled by resentment and the words are spat out like venom, again in English, it’s the shortest track of all. More like a pause than a change of tracks, ‘Older Now’ continues the onslaught, but lacks any character, the emotions are swamped by the drums and it passes you by, hardly discernible from the track before.

Echoing Sabbath with dark satanic bells, etched out with acoustic finger picked guitar, ‘Hic Svnt Dracones’  has an interesting opening, but once the vocals begin it falls into the same format as the other songs. A song about the Devil and the underworld, it has moments where you can hear the Sabbath influences but then they get buried in the muddy vocals. ‘Gallows Omen’ again tries to emulate the moody Sabbath guitar style, then moves into a slow moving march, briefly picking up the pace in the latter segments, with a more interesting instrumental section. Finally we reach ‘Untune The Sky’, at over 9 minutes it stumbles along, with prolonged bland instrumental breaks interrupted by banal verses and a distinct lack of any melody but at least it means the album is over.

While this might appeal to some, I found it instantly forgettable, nothing stood out, no originality, no unexpected twists, just generic and very simple in the music, so there was simply no ‘wow’ factor to grab the attention. The vocal style was very unattractive, with little range it mainly stayed within the deeper tones, giving it a depressing vibe. Even the faster songs are still quite pedestrian and there is little to recommend this album.

Review By Lisa Nash
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