Sweden’s HEAD OF THE DEMON like to take their sweet ass time – not only in their songwriting but in the length of time between album releases – and with four years having passed since their last album, 2016’s Sathanas Trismegistos, they now make their timely return with undoubtedly their most commanding work yet, the aptly titled Deadly Black Doom.
Home to long, listless deathly black elegies which unnervingly cajole and hypnotise in their incessant fervour, Head Of The Demon specialise in observing the occult via a traditional heavy metal / doom metal framework; one that takes deceptively simple strides to reach its destination.
Settling on a needling groove and sticking to it, the tracks on Deadly Black Doom are, for the most part, achingly ornate yet brazen in their simplicity as Head Of The Demon take you on a subconscious journey into the darkest recesses of your mind….and they’re going to achieve it by breaking the fundamentals of doom down into their component parts.
Less is more certainly works in their favour as the overall effect of Deadly Black Doom‘s 6 songs is nothing less than mesmerising. It takes great effort to make music sound as effortless as this. 8/10
Head Of The Demon
Deadly Black Doom
Invictus Productions / The Ajna Offensive
Released: 30th April 2020