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Review: Stonegriff - Come Taste the Blood
Come Taste the Blood

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 44:46
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 22, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Come Taste the Blood

Rated 4.22/5 (84.44%) (9 Votes)

The second album from Swedish doomsters Stonegriff, Come Taste the Blood, offers some magic for fans of that special groove which is captured on many early Black Sabbath albums. Stonegriff's stripped-down sounds is an ominous, crawling feast of early 70s Doom Metal heaviness and uniqueness. Stonegriff keep the tempos relatively slow (not dead-slow or motionless like Funeral Doom) and don't have their own "Paranoid" to add some extra propellant to this record. However, Stonegriff are masters at keeping this pace from getting boring or tedious. Stonegriff always know which strings to pull next in order to give fans the type of honest-sounding Doom Metal they are looking for. Singer Jacob has a dramatic sounding voice as he spits the words out in an evil and vicious way. His short, semi-screams often remind me of Rob Halford and add a lot of color to his voice. He's an emotional too, which I like very much.

Other Stonegriff assets are tight musicianship, chemistry and the fact that everyone is on the same page when it comes to how Stonegriff should embrace the world of Doom Metal. Without these important factors there would hardly be a chance of creating something as impressive and catchy as Come Taste the Blood. It represents 70s-flavored Doom Metal done right, from the first moment right to the finish line.

A fitting way to end this review would be to quote one of Stonegriff's song titles from Come Taste the Blood; "In Doom We Trust." They do indeed.

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