Occult rock. The fuzziest tones, the smokiest verses, the most Satanic cock sucking lyrics of all. But it’s the feeling you get when you listen to this genre man….like it’s all about free love, marijuana, and just being yourself man. Just let the music flow through your finger tips and out of those Orange amplifiers. Harmonize and sing praise for evil, darkness and the abyss. Turn up the fog machine and dim the lights, it’s about to get trippy in here as I review 4 occult rock bands back to back. Blood Ceremony, Purson, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and The Devil’s Blood.
Blood Ceremony, evil yet sweet with this female fronted band. Bringing back the sounds of the 70′s, Blood Ceremony rocks your world without turning the volume all the way up or having crazy monster vocals and the gain up to 10. There are wind instruments, tons of “sing-along” moments and some really good guitar riffs on Blood Ceremony’s album “The Eldritch Dark”. The song “Lord Summerisle” reminds me of a part on Family Guy when Lois and Peter begin their own band and they sing together. Overall the album is great and each song has something good going on about it. 3.5 out of 5
A band that blends doom, acoustic magick and enchanting vocals from the wonderful Rosalie Cunningham, Purson captures that excellent feeling that the old school 70′s records used to feel. Very warm, bassy and fuzzy. Purson’s progressive and simple style is still really enjoyable. Catchy tunes, wonder vocals and very psychedelic in nature, Purson captures the true sound of 70′s rock. 4 out of 5
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats is another band with that classic stoner sound and Mind Control is as fuzzy and hazy as the rest of them. The guitar tone is a little “tinny” but it doesn’t distract too much as the bass tone is crushingly well done. Another gem from this band, another trip through sludgy smoke filled riffs and good times. 3.5 out of 5
The Devil’s Blood, another occult band who just wants to cuddle with Lucifer and tell him how much they love him. Another enchanting singer, yet the music is rather bland. That or maybe I’m fed up with occult rock at this point. I’ve heard of this band before and watched them open up for Behemoth and Watain. Ultra dark, yet full of cheese, The Devil’s Blood is something I cannot fully get into. The worse of the four definitely, but still tolerable and I highly recommend giving their new album, “III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars” at least one listen through. It definitely has it’s moments that are good. 3 out of 5