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Review: Hour of 13 - Black Magick Rites
Hour of 13
Black Magick Rites

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2020
Duration: 43:41
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 4, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Black Magick Rites

Rated 3/5 (60%) (8 Votes)

It's been 8 years since the last Hour of 13 release, the rather lackluster 333, and it seemed like maybe that was it for this band. Now a one-man act, Chad Davis has returned to Shadow Kingdom Records for the long-awaited fourth Hour of 13 doom-fest, Black Magick Rites. This is a welcome slab of old-school Doom that sounds classic without imitating any one band. The sound is organic and heavy without sounding too self-consciously retro, and even though Davis recorded everything himself, you'd never know it. Without the ubiquitous Phil Swanson, Davis has had to do the vocals himself, and he really does a creditable job. If you like Hour of 13 or occult Doom Metal in general, then this is an album to look out for.

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