Ruby The Hatchet

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - HOLLY WRIGHT

PLANETARY SPACE CHILD

TEE PEE

OC­CULT-IN­FUSED ROCK­ERS IN­VOKE THE FEEL­GOOD VIBE

Ruby The Hatchet re­cently moved from New Jersey to Philadel­phia and there they’ve recorded their third al­bum, in 19th-cen­tury digs deep in the woods. Both the al­bum ti­tle and their choice of record­ing fa­cil­i­ties are sug­ges­tive of their sound, an echo-drenched eerie psy­che­delic throw­back to decades past where oc­cultism and heavy rock made an in­tox­i­cat­ing blend. Im­bued with Jil­lian Tay­lor’s sul­try echo, this al­bum grooves with bluesy rhythms that shud­der to the re­frain of ‘I’m a killer’ on, er, Killer. Songs melt into each other while re­tain­ing their in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics: the deep sleep of Sym­phony Of The Night, the power-bal­lad sprawl of Light­ing Comes Again like a Satanist lovechild of Ste­vie Nicks and Jinx Daw­son and the key­board space odyssey of Pa­gan Rit­ual. Yet at­ten­tion is paid to bring­ing groove and at­mos­phere to the fore, paving the way for feel­good oc­cultism.

FOR FANS OF: Blood Cer­e­mony, Coven, The Devil’s Blood

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