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Greyfell - Horsepower album review

Multi-sensory psychedelia from blackened stoner doom gurus

Cover art for Greyfell - Horsepower album

At the turn of the 20th century, researchers determined that humans actually had 12 senses – a fact worth noting because Greyfell’s enthralling sophomore effort summons every single one, teasing, shoving and elevating the listener into kaleidoscopic realms of sensory enhancement. Greyfell were formerly a power trio and Horsepower sees them augment their roster with a keyboardist, painting the spaces between the jackhammer riffing with chilling atmospherics and icy textures. Yet while bludgeoning fretwork and BM shrieks beat at Horsepower’s blackened heart, an exhilarating spirit of experimentation permeates the five tracks. Primal rhythms build and repeat into climaxes of towering potency, exploding into dizzying cascades of feedback, reverb and echo, as on Horses and the magnificent spectral dirge, Spirit Of The Bear. While the sheer density of the riffs occasionally obscures subtler dynamics, sumptuous rewards await those brave enough to commit to the voyage.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.