Tom Sutton from The Order Of Israfel may have cut his teeth in Church Of Misery, but his new band has perfected a more overall vocally melodic brand of Doom with classic appeal on their impressive Napalm Records debut full length Wisdom. This baby, Mournful Congregation’s latest and Bled White from Novembers Doom pretty much school everybody in that genre so far this year, with The Order lads really hitting a grand slam for fans of classic stuff seeped in the bong water of Deep Purple, Cathedral and many quirkier folk metal or even hints of classical and thrash influences.
Not just a retro wanna be act, the songwriting on Wisdom will pull you in like a tractor beam or a hypno-gaze from a wizard’s crystal. Voices warning you to turn back in your head go ignored as you enter into the wild magic of this Gothenburg band’s charm. It’s swirling classic rock elements and vocal harmonies merge with rivers of spilled battlefield blood and bongwater to create an impossibly heady brew.
Sweden does it yet again.
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