"Death Angel"

By Dr. Abner Mality

I really don't know what to make of this one. Dreadlords fall into the very rare category of being something never heard before. In terms of musical dexterity, this might be one of the worst I've heard in a while. In terms of miserable, primitive atmosphere that drags you to a new level of depravity. it is completely successful. I mean, I don't think it is possible to strip music any rawer than this.

The influence comes from subterranean oldschool blues...the Robert Johnson kind of stuff...but full of hate, blasphemy and noise. The guitar just sounds like a total meat grinder in its electric moments..."I Live In A Cemetery", "Alone" and "Dreadlords Cometh" are almost pure evil grinding noise. Hard to detect any riffing in these songs and what little there is just simple two chord stuff. Our vocalist has a Glenn Danzig type of croon that occasionally degenerates into animal growls and whispers. You can't miss the Danzig influence, but this is raw primitivism on a way higher plane.

The band also indulges in dreary, doomy bluesiness based on the simplest repetition. It's pretty hard to take. Tracks in this mode include "Moonshine" and the dragging, almost unlistenable "Thieves of Faith". In addition, there's sparse acoustic balladry...the title track is just minimalist acoustic and breathy, growly vocals. By the time the album winds up with the brutal noisescape "Odin", complete with moaning chants and peculiar percussion, you'll feel like you've been to hell and  back.

This is a nice steaming cup of "WTF?" that's unlike anything I've heard this year. In the end, I can't say I like it much, but at least it is really different. I can't imagine there is a huge audience for this.