I had an epiphany during the opening track, “Archaic Vision Of Despair”, that death doom is supposed to be a combination of death metal into doom metal but in reality it’s mostly death growls over doom instrumentals. Well in this case the instrumentation brings a strong sense of death riffery but with a sludgy twist. It feels old school, it reminds me of some solid shit out of the late 90s and early 00s of death doomdom. Like all good music, this sounds like descending into the mouth of madness. Well, madness is a mixed bag.
Of Blood And Wine should satiate any of my stoner and doomhead readers, it’s got everything you want from the genre and more. It doesn’t go too soft despite often threatening to. It keeps a good balance of rock to roll. The vocals are clean but there is a louder more strained vocal that carries a bit of gain. Much like Entombed’s live album Unreal Estate where they put a theatrical rock spin on many of their death metal classics. It gets quite death rock when you aren’t expecting it. Fans of Motorhead should be at home with this vintage galloping sound.
The driving force behind the music are the guitars which lay out some energetic and far reaching riffs. It’s a motivating groove that’s always tumbling like it’s filled with rocks. The drums tend to give the guitars a lot of room to shine without ever stealing focus. It feels by the numbers but no less effective as an essential part of the sound. “Erzebeth” is the highlight for me, a 12 minute epic that keeps you interested. A lot of changes occurring within the track, varying in severity from wild to subtle. There’s a cultish vibe to them akin to All Them Witches that summons images of dancing in the woods as a part of some macabre ritual.