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Seasons Of Arrows - Give It To The Mountain album review

Nashville’s mystic doomsayers transcend the heavy

Cover art for Season Of Arrows' Give It To The Mountain

Second album in two years for this Nashville doom quintet, and although their eponymous debut was a strong effort, … Mountains more convincingly hones a signature sound and style, raising standards of songwriting and performance.

Season Of Arrows make good use of their twin-guitar setup to add a subtle harmonic undertow to their heaving riffs, windswept melodies and rugged, heavy metal heroism. On fantastic curtain-raiser Farewell To The Horseman, versatile vocalist Stormie Wakefield lets loose a fantastic wail resembling Ozzy Osbourne reincarnated as a furious witch, sinister atmospheres are counterpointed against cheeky guitar flourishes on Autumn Wings and the whole album resembles a sluggish sludge caravan traversing a mystical dark folk realm, trailing atavistic rhythms, hallucinatory chords and faraway ululations in its wake. But for all the weight churning around the compulsive New Sorcery and mountainous closer From The Wilderness We Return, the most powerful track might be moonlit campfire strum Bellow with its Hammond organ drones, which will creep you out and mellow you out at the same time.

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.