Remarkable third album from Pittsburgh's doomsters
[Editor’s note: We’ve been sitting on this review since Ms. Sludge wrote it back in May, somehow we managed to miss it and never published it. I stumbled upon it again today which is why we are finally publishing it, sorry for the delay, but I’m sure this raw piece of darkness will definitely be of interest to many of you Fuzzers]
Horehound’s third full-length album Collapse “stands” on its own. Pittsburgh, PA’s maestros of doom/post-goth sounds dropped Collapse on May 27, 2022.
For long-time listeners (and new ones alike) the maturity and texture on this album are sure to please.
How’s The Sound?
The six tracks on Collapse make for a very cohesive listening journey. While each song remains unique, the stylistic thread is consistently “Horehound”. In their own words about this effort and their growth… “lyrical themes and underlying rawness have always been there, but our sound is really coming to a point… heavy and tight – we’re completely dedicated to diving inwards. We’re writing music for us.”
Overall this album, compared to prior releases by the band, is more blackened in sound and more traditionally “metal”. Instrumentation is very crisp and discernable… steady drums, plodding heavy riffs from the strings – generally slow to mid-tempo – while vocals range from the expected atmospheric clean-style poetry from front-woman Shy Kennedy to raspy, growly, and guttural belting within songs.
A note on the album production, which can make or break any musician’s effort– For Collapse, a heavy nod to the engineering. The effort is polished, layered, balanced.
Hats off to Sid Riggs (recording & producing) and Tony Reed (mastering).
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Heavy but dynamic doom metal throughout
- Neck exercises – challenging to refrain from head nodding
- First full album with this current lineup, who started the process in 2020
In what situation should you listen to this album?
When feeling anguished, angry and need to “get it out”
Something particular to note?
I’m happy to call Horehound mates, colleagues, and most recently co-performers. I’m even happier that I genuinely love what they’ve done with this album and witnessing the evolution these musicians have made in their craft.
The Agent – I’m a sucker for bass!
For Fans Of
Acid King, Windhand, Cough
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