"Hagridden" (Majestic Mountain Records; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Before you listen to Laser Dracul's "Hagridden," I recommend you set your bass settings to low. Because this album is so heavy that if you start of play it at your regular settings, you're likely to destroy your speakers.

Like most bands of this type, the Black Sabbath influence is obvious throughout: fuzzy guitars, down-tuned instruments and lumbering paces. "Hagridden," is eight lengthy tracks (the shortest runs 5:15m) of pulverizing doom that sucks you into the band's world of dark, foggy atmospheres and swaying rhythms. The music is absolutely crushing, while the vocals are eerie and ghost-like, something that you might expect in a graveyard late at night (or during an old horror movie).

"Hagridden" is a great listen when you're in the mood for something slow, super-heavy and haunting. But, again, be wary of possible bass destruction.

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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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