Unkindness of Ravens – sludgy gothic rock from Offaly
What you may need to know…
01. Offaly four-piece Unkindness of Ravens are a doom-metal-influenced outfit with gothic inflections. Think Sabbath by way of Chelsea Wolfe and Sisters of Mercy.
02. Certainly no strangers to reverence for metal traditions, the band started out as a motorcycle-fixated stoner-rock group monikered Road Rash, releasing a single extended-player before regrouping to their current configuration.
03. Streaming above is the band’s debut full-length, released last November via Michigan mail-order specialists Dura Gesta Records.
04. They’re on the road this weekend, playing Dublin’s Hangar on Saturday night, and Cork’s Urban Jungle on Sunday, in support of UK post-metallers OHHMS.
VERDICT: Big aul’ riffs are in as much abundance as cheesy organs here, and it makes for an immersive listen for fans of the aforementioned. One to be appreciated live.
The video for technical metal veterans Meshuggah’s new single Clockworks is miiiighty impressive, marrying the band’s Gigeresque art/aesthetic to dynamic, moving, fractal art courtesy of Dutch visual effects maestro Julius Horsthuis.
01. Leeside progressive/sludge-metal five piece Partholón are named for a semi-fictional character of Irish history and mythos, said to have won the first battle on Irish soil and created a peaceful settlement thereafter, before slaying his wife and her lover after tasting him on his lips. The settlement succumbed to plague a week after this violence. “No God, just life, and then, Death”, as the band says in its bio.
02. While the band’s own story is nowhere near as lofty, they emerged from among the wreckage of local bands, notably the late Five Will Die. Live excursions have been few, numbering among them appearances at the Siege of Limerick festival and several shows in Cork, but expect this to change.
03. Streaming above is debut single Hunt, a heavyweight slab of post-metal weighing in at over the ten-minute mark. Grab a tay.
04. It’s taken from their upcoming E.P., Follow Me Through Body, recorded by Shaun Cadogan at Last Light Recordings in Dublin, and mastered by Marcus Lindberg of Cult of Luna. Physical copies and such are impending.
VERDICT: Maintaining the glacial pace and heft of projects past, and marrying it to atmosphere and dynamics, Partholón have put together something exceptionally promising.