The Gorgon’s Lullaby
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Callum Doig
Canada’s metal scene has been known mostly for being home for acts such as Voivod, Rush, Beyond Creation, as well as the legendary Devin Townsend. Canada’s newest addition to the metal scene in Quebec identify themselves as progressive doom outfit – Succubus Irons. The doom duo, influenced by the roots of groups of such as Witchcraft, Tool, Enslaved and a lot more, bring their debut release The Gorgon’s Lullaby as an introduction to the oddity of their world.
One thing that shouldn’t be expected by the band is a set of long tracks, for their longest song goes for five and a half minutes. There are a lot of traces of progressive and doom elements that sustain a mix of old school and European influences in the style of the band’s music and execution of the tracks. In tracks such as Cult of the Gods, The Stygian Witches and House of Atreus, Succubus Irons bring out some interesting features with many takes on acoustic and electric guitars, bringing a very progressive vibe towards every track. The vocals have their ups and downs, particularly with the range executed in an adenoidal manner, likening to that of the vocals from Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth.
For me, it feels odd to be listening to a doom band that have songs that go no longer than five and a half minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an album bringing back the ‘70s or anything, but a lot of the tracks feel. The production value feels as though it’s been lacking throughout most of The Gorgon’s Lullaby, as well as the mixing sounding a bit on the dry side.
So, after a ridiculous amount of sessions I had on listening to this album to get my honest verdict, I’ll say that this is a decent debut for Succubus Irons. I feel as though that there is room for some improvement on the production value and a bit of the vocals, but overall, The Gorgon’s Lullaby has its perks that make Succubus Irons stand out in the doom scene.
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