Gévaudan – ‘Message For The Damned’ EP
Decade-jumping debut EP from Herts doom metallers
1. The Cursed Undead
2. Lament Of The North
3. Message For The Damned
Adam Pirmohamed: Vocals
Bruce Hamilton: Guitar
Andy Salt: Bass
David Himbury: Drums
‘Message Of the Damned’ is the debut EP from North Herts-based metal act Gévaudan, who feature former/current members of other unsigned acts such as Burn The Yeti, Jesus Hooligan and Hazel Turnock & The Finger Choppers. Formed a short period after BTY’s split, this band are in similar territory sound-wise, but with a more retro feel. Sounding like a mix of Sabbath-inspired psychedelic doom with elements of 70s trad metal and 90s stoner rock, this quartet has the potential to reach across to fans of different subgenres.
At times, this EP does feel like travelling through the ages of metal; ‘The Curse Undead’ and ‘Lament Of the North’ have a similar stoner/doom groove, occasionally reminiscent of the much-missed Kyuss, but when title track ‘Message Of the Damned’ hits, we’re transported back to the 70s, a time when metal was steeped in mysticism and occult influences. Deeper and darker in sound, the title track is the most adventurous on offer and could be the one that people latch onto.
The EP clocks in somewhere around the 22 minute mark despite only consisting of three tracks, meaning that whilst they aren’t afraid of making their influences clear, Gévaudan also aren’t afraid of giving each riff and song room to breathe. It’s metal with a sense of adventure. If you’re a fan of riffy, retro-fuelled metal with solos aplenty, hunt down ‘Message For The Damned’.
‘Message For The Damned’ is available on CD at live gigs and from http://gevaudan.bigcartel.com/product/gevaudan-message-for-the-damned-released-13-12-2014.
The track ‘The Cursed Undead’ can also be found on the current issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine’s free covermount CD.
For fans of: Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Electric Wizard, Corrosion Of Conformity, Cathedral, Acrimony
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