HOLY DEATH - Separate Mind From Flesh - Reviewed By Dargedik ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.dargedik.com/2021/10/holy-death-separate-mind-from-flesh.html
After several eps and singles, the band releases their debut, in a style that mixes death metal with slow and dense parts, without reaching the melodies of the doom or styles like that. Holy Death are: Torie John on guitar and vocals, Aspen on the bass and Stephen on battery. The album was recorded by Alex Estrada (Nails, Xibalba), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Acephalix, Black Breath, Gatecreeper, Full Of Hell, Baest, Midnight, Iron Reagan, etc.). The cover art was done by CVSPE (Arch Enemy, Coffin Nail, etc. The music here unlike bands of doom/death , is that it is more death metal that something else, it is like listening to heavy and slow songs that always happen on a record of death metal, only on this record they are all heavy and dense, but you don't feel that sound of doom/death classic, that atmosphere and those melodies of that style, that's also because of the sound of the guitars in this work that have that buzzsaw of the HM-2.
When you listen "Nailbat", it seems that you are facing an album of death metal Swedish, I even found myself to hear things from Black Breath, a part-time, basic song with good voice performance. Then they go through "Sacrifice Like Lambs", the instrumental "A Meditation on Wrath", and you realize that they have the same time... and you know it's not a record death metal typical, if not that it appeals to slow times to reach its sound, without becoming a band of doom/death, let's say we would put the term first death and then doom so that it is better understood what is the basis of the sound of this band. But outside of labels that in the end are only a guide, the music at times is solid, and another feature is that the songs are short, being only the final one that passes the seven minutes. But a song with the riff initial of "Shame" i would never be in comparison of bands "doom". Good debut, with good songs and the necessary duration to not bore, we will see how his music goes in future installments. Interesting. Rating: 8/10 - Dargedik
Release: October 29, 2021
FFO: Nails, Xibalba, Asphyx, Grief
After a near death experience (previous to the pandemic), guitarist/vocalist Torie John formed Holy Death. In the years prior to this event, death was not an uncommon occurrence in his life having lost several family members in a very short period of time. It is from this loss that Holy Death finds its morbid inspiration. Since the band formed, they've put out four releases that explored the sonic realms of Death and Doom. Their last EP which we released as a 12" Vinyl (w/ a silk screened B Side), Deus Mortis, was a meditation on the balance between these genres, whereas Separate Mind From Flesh is much more influenced by 90's Sludge/Doom acts like Grief, Warhorse, and even Crowbar. Lyrically the songs continue to be held together by a common thread of the pursuit of spiritual and metaphysical freedom.
".. Holy Death’s brand of monolithic, heavy-hitting death-doom gets more potent with each new release...'Deus Mortis' hits like a giant’s skull used for a wrecking ball—five times over.."
- Decibel Magazine
"the band should be considered “ones to watch” "
- No Clean Singing
"Each release built upon this idea of mixing heavy as nails death metal guitar work with psychedelic doom metal motions."
- Grizzly Butts
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HOLY DEATH is:
Torie - Vocal + Guitar
Aspen - Bass
Stephen - Drums
All songs written and performed by Holy Death
Recorded and mixed at Pale Moon Audio by Alex Estrada
Produced by Alex Estrada & Holy Death
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
Album Art by CVSPE
Holy Death logo by Brendan Coughlin
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