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Dark Castle: Spirited Migration

Full length debut for this doomy duo who hail from Saint Augustine, Florida, and who previously issued a self-released demo Flight of the Pegasus in 2008. Dark Castle consist of Stevie on vocals and guitars with Rob providing drums, vocals and occasional synths and between them they create a bleak, claustrophobic atmosphere full of anguished vocals, howling riffs and ingenious songwriting. Stevie is also responsible for the mystical imagery of the cover artwork and this sits well with the music contained within which, whilst heavily immersed in the Doom genre, also has complementary hints of pyschedelia and stoner.

The absence of a bass player allows for plenty of space for Stevie's memorable guitar work and this ranges from the Spanish-style flamenco of the short and sweet title track to the embellished, thunderous, riffing of 'Awake in Sleep' and 'Weather The Storm'. The latter is a particularly forceful and brooding instrumental that builds to a menacing conclusion that is further enhanced by some intense drumming. Vocally Rob diversifies between the guttural growls of 'Awake in Sleep' to the bizarre spoken word passages of 'Grasping the Awe' and only the plodding 'Growing Slow' really misses the mark.

Well worth checking out, Dark Castle have made an immediate impression with this creative, versatile and engaging debut release.

Track Listing
01. Awake In Sleep (6:51)
02. Into The Past (5:35)
03. Spirited Migration (1:46)
04. Growing Slow (4:31)
05. Weather The Storm (3:26)
06. Flight Beyond (4:14)
07. Grasping The Awe (4:12)
08. A Depth Returns (6:33)

Added: June 21st 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band MySpace
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Language: english

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