Roundtable Review: Black Hole Gods by Cardinal Wyrm

a1120500621_10Album: Black Hole Gods

Label: Independent

Release Date: August 5th, 2014

Songs: 8

Length: 1 hour

Genre: Doom

Studio Albums: Another Holy Trinity (2013),

Location: CA, USA

Note: After the release of this review, the band contacted me and gave us a higher quality download of the record.  The Bandcamp version (320kbs MP3) does in fact sound much cleaner and more open than the promo copy sent to us.  I will be updating everyone’s revised comments as they come in.  But for now, the Bandcamp version of the album does in fact sound quite nice, so take our comments about the sound quality with a grain of salt.

WarpRider – It doesn’t get much doomier that this…if “doomier” is actually a word. It’s a bit rich for me, but I did find some musical flair that I found appealing on ‘Born in a Barren Land’ along with a few other songs. “Black Hole Gods” holds my attention, but tips my doom scale a bit in in the wrong direction. 3.0

RiffRaff – If Thulsa Doom were to fight Dr. Doom atop Mt. Doom, it would probably sound like Cardinal Wyrm.  Big, grandiose, theatrical, and Epic.  This is one hell of a fun traditional doom record that conjures images of bit, sweaty men dueling it out midst a bloody battle storming with axes and broadswords.  Huge and catchy riffs pummel along with thundering rhythms and manly Viking vocals I’d go gay for really make this an album I’d be happy to give multiple listens to when I’m in the need of some old school doom.  Black Hole Gods is a really enjoyable listen and recommended to fans of all things doom. 4.5

Irmelinis – A rough-sounding collection of weighty, murky songs with a peculiar singer and theatrical compositions. It almost sounds like it’s not the finished material presented here and I think that is part of the charm as the result feels honest and quite captivating. Recommended for doomheads. 3.0

ChristopherMammal – Not bad, but it caught me at the worst possible time. I’ve been freaking out to releases from the forthcoming Electric Wizard album. That’s what Cardinal Wyrm will be measured against by lovers of fuzzy doom, of whom I am one. Cardinal Wyrm is by no means a bad band, but it’s hitting the market at the same time as a load of other doomy stuff. What they do have going for them is that they aren’t as drony as EW and thus may be more accessible to sludge fans who find the extreme depths of drone slightly, er, unfathomable. The album has some cool hooks in the guitar work and there is great atmosphere in some of the intros. Even so, to me the vocals sound more like Simple Minds than pure metal. 3.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.5 out of 5



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