Thursday, 18 February 2016

Alphabetical Discovery - Week B, Day Six: Byzanthian Neckbeard

Byzanthian Neckbeard - Photo

Formed in 2013, Byzanthian Neckbeard's mission is to rid the doom world of all trendiness in favor of a lumbering, caveman-like, no-nonsense approach to their craft. Their sound is a stripped back blackened-sludgey-doom from Guernsey, UK. Their one album - 2014's From the Clutches of Oblivion - is a 32-minutes grit-fest of old-school death vocals, knuckle-dragging riffs and transitions into moments of glorious groove. 

Byzanthian Neckbeard have a galloping Conan-esque expansiveness that drips with atmosphere cupped from the cauldrons of Electric Wizard. Rumbling and croaking like mortar fire is a harsh vocal roughness akin to Bolt Thrower. The UK really seems to produce quality bands that lean towards the harsher side of the doom family: Cathedral, Anathema, Conan, Electric Wizard - all spawned from the withered evil hands of that small time band from Birmingham: Black Sabbath. These guys carry on the tradition in the best way and I look forward to hearing their future releases. 

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