Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - JOE DALY

Ser­vants Of The Salem Girl

RIP­PLE MU­SIC Gal­lic proto-met­allers ob­serve the Sab­bath a lit­tle too closely

Ev­ery band en­ter­ing the sludgy nether­world of proto-metal re­vival­ism must ask them­selves this: just how much do we want to sound like Sab­bath? Bands like Clutch and Or­ange Goblin have used the trade­mark Iommi sound as a ref­er­ence point from which newer sounds would or­gan­i­cally evolve. Then there are bands like The Necromancers, whose oc­cult- in­flu­enced de­but so rev­er­en­tially evokes the doomy space rock para­noia of Sab­bath that you could be for­given for mis­tak­ing this al­bum as an au­then­tic relic of the 70s. Necromancers and Lu­cifer’s Kin show­case an im­pres­sive abil­ity to craft blud­geon­ing stoner rock riffs while Grand Or­biter sim­mers with the bad-trip psychedelia and shad­owy at­mo­spher­ics of pro­tometal’s first wave. But by faith­fully recre­at­ing that sound, they fail to es­tab­lish a dis­tinct iden­tity and Ser­vants Of The Salem Girl sounds like a whole lot of stuff you’ve heard be­fore. FOR FANS OF: BLACK SAB­BATH, UN­CLE ACID, OR­ANGE GOBLIN

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