After a year spent making a name for themselves on the live circuit with their unique brand of evil rock and roll, including a performance at last year’s Bloodstock Festival, London’s The Heretic Order are about to unleash their debut album onto an unsuspecting world. And quite an album it is too.
Opener “Burn Witch Burn” is a groove laden doom number, sounding something like “Carnival Bizarre” era Cathedral fighting in a car park with early Black Sabbath. It grabs you by the ears right from the start and doesn’t let go until it’s done. It also does a good job of setting the tone for the album as a whole.
Over the course of the eleven tracks on offer, satanic themed occult metal in the classical style is very much the order of the day. Aside from the aforementioned “Burn Witch Burn“, stand out tracks include “Rot In Hell“, the Motorhead influenced “Death Ride Blues” and “The Dark Light“, a song which gives you some idea of what Type O Negative might have sounded like if they had been fronted by Ronnie James Dio.
The album closes with “Entombed“, an epic 8-plus minute stormer which finishes proceedings off with a marginally slower pace and some killer riffs, before leading into an acoustic guitar piece until a reprise of the funereal bells heard at the opening of the album, as it hauntingly brings the whole thing full circle. While not quite capturing the full majesty of their live show, this is, overall, a solid debut from a band who clearly have big things ahead of them. So what are you waiting for? Come join the order….
..Overall, a solid debut from a band who clearly have big things ahead of them. So what are you waiting for? Come join the order....