The Devil's Blood plays to a bygone era, cracking open the echoing, psychedelia-drenched annals of the '60s and early '70s. With the earthy production and impassioned female vocals of Coven and the relaxed groove and organic atmosphere of Black Widow, these Dutch rockers exude authenticity. This comes at a cost, however, as their sound can seem downright anachronistic in a musical world more concerned with impressive riffs than emotional weight. But their entrancing mix of tones both ethereal and sinister smacks of a spiritual sincerity that can be almost shockingly powerful. It can be heard in the simple vibes of "Cruel Lover" and the subtly sinister squeals and synths that hide beneath them. It can be heard in the way the peaceful "Everlasting Saturnalia" quickly transitions into the menacing "Madness of Serpents." It can be heard in the echoes and cries that characterize every solo.
The Devil's Blood is a taste of a time when music focused more on feel and flow than technicality and hooks. And yet, it's more than mere tribute, leveraging modern production and heartfelt creativity to create something with one foot in the past and one in the present. Earnest in its execution and ambitious in its scope, The Thousandfold Epicentre is an otherworldly journey to spaces both familiar and alien.