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Female fronted San Francisco trio Castle maintain an ominous metallic aura throughout the duration of their eight-track excursion BLACKLANDS. Led by the enchanted and smoky vocals of Elizabeth Blackwell (“Dying Breed”),this troupe follows classic doom and NWOBHM templates to a tee, stacking up burly riffs along side crushing bass and drum rhythms (“Corpses Candles”) to develop a strand of downtrodden heaviness crossing the dark spiritual journeys of Candlemass and Cathedral with the modern musings of likeminded acts such as Royal Thunder and The Devil’s Blood (“Ever Hunter”). -MikeSOS
- Mike SOS