Saturday, June 5, 2010

Keen of the Crow - Hyborea

Genre: Doom/Death Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 1997
Label: Garu Records

Keen of the Crow was short-lived American doom metal band that unfortunately only brought us one full-length before splitting up. It was formed by two ex-members of Morgion following their split, and in my opinion, the music on this album is cooler than their original band's later output.  This is a truly spectacular death/doom monument, featuring epic, heavy riffs, diverse and well-executed vocals, and a big, fat production job that suits the music perfectly. Lyrically this is all Robert E. Howard stuff (as you undoubtedly noticed from the title), and it's really cool to see a band successfully taking a different musical approach to such topics. With Hyborea, Keen of the Crow has forged an epic, heavy, dynamic beast of an album, and it's really a shame we won't be hearing more from them.

For fans of Morgion, Mourning Beloveth, Runemagick, and Novembers Doom.

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