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Creozoth is a side project for two members of the seminal doom metal troupe Candlemass, but don’t expect the same kind of gloomy feel on this 13-track disc. Instead, this Swedish quartet employ the classic metal sounds of the bands of the mid ‘80s metal movement like Iron Maiden and Helloween with a darker edge a la Danzig and Black Label Society, as songs like “Intoxicatedead” supply a flurry of heavy riffs to gnaw on. While the album is a bit long, this self-titled debut is well executed and truly portrays the spirit of classic metal, complete with a tasty metal guitar crunch that fuels tracks like “Watch ‘n Wait” and “Mind”.
- Mike SOS