Τρίτη, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2015

TULSADOOM - Storms of the Netherworld review



 TULSADOOM - Storms of the Netherworld
Nihilistic Empire Records
Thulsa Doom was the evil magician that two heroes of the mighty Robert E. Howard had to confront and I mean Kull and Conan. It seems that both these warriors didn’t do a good work since Thulsa managed to survive and use his special black arts in musical craftsmanship. The result of his sinister art is the band TULSADOOM which has recently released their second album (almost 3 years after their debut entitled “Barbarian Steel”) and carries the title “Storms of the Netherworld”. So let us ride the storm and see what thrills it will offer us…
THE COVER: It is one of the most beautiful and epic covers that I have seen lately. It looks like an oil painting and it is really dark and epic as I mentioned. It has a chaotic feel and I think this is mainly because of the mixture of dark colors like deep blue and purple. On the cover now you can see a barbarian (probably the known to all of us Cimmerian) that attacks an army of undead warriors. It is an image that captures your fantasy and makes you imagine the closure of this fight.
MUSICAL STYLE: The sophomore album of TULSADOOM comes three years after their debut release and this space between the two releases indicates an era where the band had the time to evolve and craft a more personal sound and actually they have managed to do that. Their new album is an amalgam of speed/thrash metal riffs and also from time to time it flirts with the traditional 80’s heavy metal sound. You can find in their sound influences from bands like VENOM, KREATOR and early DESTRUCTION, but there are also references to SLAYER and the bay area thrash metal scene. And when you finally think that this is a 100% thrash metal release you listen to some nice heavy metal tunes. The blackened – harsh vocals give to the whole album a dark and violent attitude. I can’t explain how, but there are moments that the band creates an epic feeling and makes you feel ready to grab an axe or sword and march on the nearest battlefield. Also they have managed to impress me with some of their melodies that I have not listened very often in a heavy metal album (and believe me I am a metalhead many years). The band might have a barbaric image and sound, but on the leads you can see that their skill is highly technical. Last but not least the whole album has such an 80’s feeling that comes out very naturally and that my friends is very impressive.  
CONCLUSION: Heavy/thrash metal at its best. Not much more to say. Go grab the album, a six pack of beers and a sword or an axe, play it loud and let the battle commence…
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis