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SANCTUS BELLUM

"Return to Dust"

By Dark Starr

These guys might not be entirely original, but I'd have to say their combination of influences and the way they deliver their music is unique. I'd have to peg this as one of the cooler metal discs I've heard in a while. If you like stoner metal, you'll dig this, but that's far from the only reference on hand. Sure, the central showing is Black Sabbath-styled doom but you'll also make out bits of Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Godsmack (particularly on the vocals). While the pieces are necessarily extremely original, the way they're put together is. I particularly enjoy the way they have no problem letting the bass guitar take a prominent role at times. This is a great disc. I should also mention that a lot of the lyrics are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

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