Seasons Of Arrows - Give It To The Mountain album review
Nashville’s mystic doomsayers transcend the heavy
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 F_rom 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.