Released: 2014, Rise Above / Soulfood Release
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Death Penalty are a new name composed of familiar faces. Risen from the ashes of Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings has joined forces with Michelle Nocon and Fredrik ‘Cozy’ Cosemans from Belgian doom warriors Serpentcult. The resulting debut album is a blend of old school heavy metal, subtle doom shades and Michelle Nocon’s old school heavy vocal talents. A hint of what was to come has already been released, via a debut seven-inch single, Sign Of Times/Seven Flames,
The sound is as Cathedral fans would hope for, with the addition everything Gaz had been holding back while in his previous band. Here he has been able to unleash his love of Tank, Acid, Tygers Of Pan Tang and similar and it is this which defines the sound of Death Penalty musically.
Fans of the NWOBHM sound will be drawn to 'Howling At The Throne Of Decadence' and 'Golden Tides', while those preferring Cathedral's doom leanings will prefer 'Into The Ivory Frost' and 'Children Of The Night'.
Personally Death Penalty's sound is too old school heavy metal for me and therefore nothing new, however fans of the constituent members' previous work should check it out and perhaps it will help relieve withdraw symptoms of die-hard fans of Cathedral mourning their demise.
Review by Victoria Fenbane