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The King Is Blind: Our Father

British metal gets a jolting shot of mortal fury

A fine way for legendary UK underground imprint Cacophonous to reopen their doors, Our Father paints The King Is Blind as evangelists for a new approach to harnessing well-worn, malevolent ingredients.

In some respects, they’re a straightforward bunch: these songs are built primarily on dark, serrated-edge riffing and hulking, mid-paced grooves that sit somewhere between latter-day Satyricon and the marauding rumble of Amon Amarth.

Songs like Fragility Becomes Wrath and Bloodlet Ascension revel in snarling, stripped-down fortitude and unease. The direct approach means a glut of songs that dodge subgenre definitions: the twisted likes of Mors Somnis and Devoured ooze blackened disdain, but also death, thrash, doom and even Bay Area groove metal.

As skilled at the slow-motion threats of Mourning Light as they are going at full, furious pelt on the short, sharp Amen, this band have produced a devastatingly potent and exciting heavy metal album that could have genuine crossover potential.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.