Hailing from Sheffield, England, Regulus are showing that the north of the country is a music powerhouse as they bring their unique twist on Stoner Metal with their new album Quadralith. With ‘Groove-laden, riff-drenched, psychedelic heavy blues’ plastered on their website and their Bandcamp page, you can see how these guys are going to quickly ascend to stages alongside the likes of Electric Wizard and Clutch. In 2016, Regulus got the chance to play the Hobgoblin New Blood stage at Bloodstock Open Air in the UK taking them out of the underground scene and into the ears of eager listeners.
With Luke Jennings‘ vocals being both soft and coarse, Regulus have got the best of everything. Steady, body moving beats and enjoyable riffs means that “Dominion” gives this album a good start. As “Dominion” smoothly gives way to “Last Chance to Die Young”, you find yourself dancing along and, with catchy lyrics, you’ll be singing along to every word pretty quickly.
Martyn Lucas-Bewick‘s slap bass on “Seven Tales Told” is a surprise but a pleasant one giving the album a bit of a twist and a shake up. From this, you can tell that this is a band that you shouldn’t expect to stay inside any sort of box and this could not have been made clearer when you get to “Bones”. A boozy blues song featuring vocals from the gorgeous Florence Body. You will imagine yourself in a dingy bar, filled with cigarette smoke, whisky glass in hand or at a festival with people chilling out on the grass (mud if it’s in the UK), drink in one hand while you watch some audience members dancing along enjoying themselves.
Instrumental track “Dutch” gives all 4 members of this band (Luke, Thomas Osborne, Martyn and Joe Milburn) a chance to show their capabilities but also a chance to mix a few different sounds and styles together into 3 and a half minutes of musical art.
Closing the album is their title track, starting off with the lyrics “Winds of change, strip me to the bone. Where this will take us, only God knows” which could not hint more clearly towards the places that this band have the opportunity to go thanks to the 2 years of hard work that they have poured into this album, let alone the many years of work they have put in to making their music heard. With Thomas and Martyn producing this record, you can tell that they have finally settled on a sound and style that works for all 4 members.
Regulus have made a name for themselves with their incredibly energetic live shows. With an album this diverse, it’s safe to say that you can see how they channel their energy both on and off the stage. Here you have a group of 4 northern lads that we should keep on our radar as they may well pop up in a venue near you and they would definitely be worth checking out.