Reviewed: June 2013
Released: 2013, Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
‘The Hundredth Name’ is the debut album from Las Vegas based band ‘Demon Lung’. By looking at the bands title & album artwork; done by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis), I was expecting to hear black metal, even the intro was mistaking, until the doom metal sounds flooded from my speakers and I was quite intrigued to hear the rest of the tracks.
There is certainly a darkness to this album and is a conceptual album as previously stated by drummer Jeremy Brenton; “The long-begotten son of Satan, who’s been sent to earth to assemble the three parts of the devil’s bible so that we can speak the name of God in reverse and undo creation.”
Shanda Fredrick adds, “We have had the concept idea for the album for a few years. We have just been waiting until we signed to a proper label to finish writing it. Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He has been like a fifth member of the band, a mentor, and just an all-around awesome friend. He helped us craft something that we are very proud of.\”
With the band only forming in 2011, they have already formed a great audience and had some great coverage. I found this album really interesting. I loved the two different styles in the vocals, both male and female, giving the album a haunting, hazy and atmospheric feel. The first track is great, being over 9minutes long, it’s great to follow and very captivating. The album is faster than most doom metal albums out there but has the classic doomy sludge elements to it, so without the female vocals I wouldn’t have found it as unique as I did. The album has great sound and production and was recorded with Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep), with some interesting twists and some great riffs.
This is one album all doom metal fans should check out, it’s not overly heavy but stands its own and aggressive enough to get the attention of metal fans of all ages, I’m sure this album will get some great feedback, I really enjoyed it! The band are on tour later this year, so be sure to check them out.
Review by Jo Blackened
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