Beast­maker

IN­SIDE THE SKULL

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Fresh Meat - West Coast retro-doom crew in­voke some fiendish friends MAG­DALENA MEDVED

A self-pro­claimed Danzig and Black Sab­bath-spawned child of dark­ness, Beast­maker aren’t toy­ing with their hyp­notic for­mula of stoner rock-in­fused retro-doom on their sec­ond al­bum. Cru­cially, In­side The

Skull sounds like the Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia trio were hav­ing fun while mak­ing it, set­ting them apart from the try-hard na­ture of many of their peers. Whilst this is a guitar-driven record with groovy, heavy riffs and ra­zor-sharp so­los, Trevor

Wil­liam Church’s voice sounds like it’s sub­jected to de­lay and dis­tor­tion at the same time, bring­ing a weird 90s grunge feel­ing of dis­lo­ca­tion and anx­i­ety into the mix. The al­bum also con­tains two out­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions, with Lu­cifer chanteuse Jo­hanna Sado­nis util­is­ing her vi­brato to am­plify the hor­ror vibes of Heaven To Hell and Now Howls The Beast, while Salem’s Pot front­man Nate Bahn adds an un­der­tow of vo­cals to the clos­ing Sick Sick De­mon. While each of the 10 tracks here have their own dis­tinc­tive flair, In­side The Skull’s po­tent at­mos­phere binds them into an im­mer­sive and com­pelling whole.

This child has claws.

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