"Blacklands" (Prosthetic; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Female fronted San Francisco trio Castle maintain an ominous metallic aura throughout the duration of their eight-track excursion, "Blacklands."

Led by the enchanted and smoky vocals of Elizabeth Blackwell (“Dying Breed”), this troupe follows classic doom and NWOBHM templates to a tee, stacking up burly riffs along side-crushing bass and drum rhythms (“Corpses Candles”) to develop a strand of downtrodden heaviness crossing the dark spiritual journeys of Candlemass and Cathedral with the modern musings of likeminded acts such as Royal Thunder and The Devil’s Blood (“Ever Hunter”).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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