Released: 2009, Van Records
I haven’t quite figured this band and album out yet. Maybe that’s a good thing. But I know what I like hearing and I like this. There is a reasonable amount of hype around this band and it is justified a large degree. This act hailing from the Netherlands is being billed as ‘occult rock’. After slogging it out for a few years the band have delivered their full-length debut, THE TIME OF NO TIME EVERMORE.
There are not too many bands dealing in this very retro sound but it would be disappointing to have these bands lumped in with the current so-called ‘retro’ scene. Is it metal? Is it hard rock? Listening to the guitar driven rock in reality it is not all that heavy, but then again neither are old Judas Priest, old Black Sabbath or old Scorpions by today’s standards.
The songs are for the most part mid-tempo, nary a double-kick drum to be heard. Everything is slow to mid-tempo but not in a droning doom or sludge style. The vocals are in the higher registers but never yelping or shrieking. Ya gotta check out the scream/note the singer hits halfway through the track ‘The Yonder Beckons’. I hear shades of King Diamond in his register, especially with his days with Black Rose. I just wish the vocals were more up-front in the mix. The guitars are certainly rock but very little soloing per se, simple songs but not in a traditional ‘verse-chorus-verse-chorus’ arrangement. Easy to listen too, not too complex but never predictable.
The whole vibe is kinda groovy (there’s a word ya don’t see in ‘Metal’ reviews very often!), laid-back but still rocking, like Trouble or perhaps Cathedral but even mellower. It’s a bit psychedelic without descending into some hippie nonsense…more mystical and ethereal might be better words. A few sound-effects lace the album for some flavour. I feel this band is certainly going to generate some interesting conversation in rock and metal circles. That’s a good thing, something this interesting deserves to be discussed. As an older Rock and Metal fan who enjoyed this type of stuff the first time around 25 + years ago, consider me impressed.