Saturday, September 17, 2016

Church Of The Cosmic Skull "Is Satan Real?"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Retro Prog, Hard Rock
Label: Bilocation Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 16, 2016
1. Mountain Heart (6:06)
2. Black Slug (5:04)
3. Movements In The Sky (3:34)
4. Answers In Your Soul (3:57)
5. Is Satan Real? (4:19)
6. Watch It Grow (4:01)
7. Evil In Your Eye (11:14)

Total Time 38:15

Bill Fisher - Guitar & Vocals
Michael Wetherburn - Organ & Vocals
Loz Stone - Drums
Sam Lloyd - Bass & Vocals
Jo Joyce - Vocals
Amy Nicholson - Electric Cello & Vocals
Caroline Cawley - Vocals

...what we have here are genuine mainstream contenders. It’s not even a ‘grower’- from the first spin this album is instantly, gob-smackingly, impressive.
Opening track ‘Mountain Heart’ may be the most mountainous piece of music ever written; it opens with all the pomp and grandeur of Leslie West’s Mountain, jagged keys and stratospheric guitar soloing, and then once the massed vocals erupt the left field retooling of classic rock perfected by early Black Mountain is called to mind…and the songs called, well, you get it. As a showcase for the bands sound it’s well chosen, the sweet soulful surge of voices and the swirling Hammond cause an uplift of your spirits which is maintained across the length of the album, despite many darker moments. I’m going to stick my neck out and say it’s the best opening number on an album I’ve heard this year.
Read the full review by Chris Ball at echoesanddust.com


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