Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Castle: Welcome to the Graveyard

It's satisfying to hear a highly anticipated new release that is actually as good as people say. This is especially true for Castle, a band I've always liked but always hoped for something more from them, a sound or a style I could never quite explain. With this album, however, Castle's confidence and power stood out brilliantly. The band has put out a consistent body of music over the years but I think the songwriting is stronger and the overall sound better. I wouldn't be surprised if the intensity and ambition of this record gathered up a few more listeners for this band.

It's common to blend doom metal with melodic metal these days, but Castle's attempt to create a signature style from these musical components pays off well. Tracks like "Black Widow," "Veil of Death," "Flash of the Pentagram," and "Down in the Cauldron Bog" are especially good. For those unconvinced by Castle's output, I'd definitely suggest checking out any one of those tracks.

As for the musical performances, just a few brief comments: Elizabeth Blackwell's voice consistently projects confidence, strength, and personality on this album. Her voice blends well with Mat Davis's crunching and warm guitars. Davis's own voice is present here and there on the album but works best when it provides extra texture and variety to the music. Don't get me wrong, he doesn't have a bad voice but Blackwell should do the majority of the vocal work. As for Davis's guitar playing, it sounds great. His riffs are bold and memorable and the solos are blazing and exciting.

Track Listing:
1. Black Widow
2. Hammer and the Cross
3. Welcome to the Graveyard
4. Veil of Death
5. Flash of the Pentagram
6. Traitors Rune
7. Down in the Cauldron Bog
8. Natural Parallel

Added: July 14th 2016
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1623
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by