When it comes to true doom metal, none come truer than Pilgrim. One listen of Forsaken Man, the latest demo from the up-and-coming Rhode Island doom metal power trio, and it’s plainly clear: these dudes are out to crush some skulls. Guitarist and singer Jon Rossi (who also handled bass duties on this recording) riffs [...]
From the gothic harpsichord intro, tailor-made for an ancient black-and-white horror flick, to the sputtered-and-hissed poetry that closes Cradle of Filth’s Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the English metal icons are in fine form on their ninth album. Although Dani Filth and his bandmates don’t venture too far from the chaotic shrieking of their last album, 2008’s Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder—or any recent Cradle album, for that matter—they sound more mature as a group right from the start.
• Sounds like: A collection of walk-on music for the meanest fucking wrestler in the world.
• Where do Black Label Society sit in a movie theater: Wherever the fuck they feel like.
General state of the crowd at the Knitting Factory: Hairy.
Words to get used to if you want to be a metal journalist: “You’re not on the list.”
Check under Revolver: “Yeah, we get it. You’re not on here.”
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