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With The Dead: With The Dead

Album Review

Lee Dorrian preaches the doom gospel once more

Formed by Electric Wizard exiles Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening, and fronted by former Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian – who signed Wizard to his Rise Above label before a semi-public falling out –it would be tempting to see With The Dead as the trio’s revenge upon their former compadre Jus Osborn.

It isn’t. This was intended initially as a reunion of two longtime friends who have been playing music together since 1993 and who complete each other so well that they just couldn’t help showing the world, again, what they’re capable of together. And less than one minute into their debut album’s hyper-charged opener, Crown Of Burning Stars, it’s all here: that simple yet almost tribal drumming style shovelling salt in the wound while keeping that fat tempo going and that crushing, tar-drenched guitar tone splashing blood everywhere.

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