Age of Taurus

Album Title: 
Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
Release Date: 
Monday, May 27, 2013
Review Type: 

While the melodies presented on Desperate Souls aren't groundbreaking for the genre, they are quite good and will certainly appeal to fans of doom metal bands such as Solitude Aeturnus, Trouble, Candlemass, Desolation Angels and Wall Of Sleep.

Musically the quartet from UK treats us with a mix of doom and NWOBHM that reminds me of a whole bunch of bands and, which is not so usual, it takes a few listens to actually get into it, at least it took me a bit until I did. At the beginning I had been less than enthused about what was contained, but after a while things began to open up, even though I still am not fully convinced of every song and passage, but still… The band understands the need for strong hooks and memorable Candlemass/Warning/Trouble-melodies for this style and provides a couple in the process. Most notably, “Walk with me my queen” and the title track which shows the band has a knack for writing a truly strong melody. On the other hand, “Always in the eye” and “Sinking city” are just average songs that neither blow me away nor dull my senses. The result is a good album that suggests this band might be one to watch for fans of classic doom metal, but not something that will top any must-have lists. Maybe next output it will be the Age Of Taurus.