Dark Castle
Spirited Migration


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 8th, 2009 | 10 replies | 7,674 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark Castle’s first full length will drag you into a bleak and mystic soundscape of monolithic riffs, immediately displaying the power of the two piece sludge band. After this debut, they will most definitely be a band to watch out for.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

When first hearing of the band, I was a bit skeptical because of the name. Then I noticed they were a duo with a woman on vocals/guitar and became intrigued. I enjoyed the “Flight of Pegasus” EP but eventually moved on and forgot about the band. I was excited to hear the new album and can say it will be hard to forget this group again. It seems they have been refining their sound and can be a reminder not to judge a band by its name.

Their sound is so deep and menacing it just seems like there would have to be bass in the mix but Dark Castle pull it off without flaw. The tormented guttural vocals performed by Stevie and drummer Rob match the guitar tone and bring even more power to their thunderous sound. “Awake in Sleep“ draws the listener in with the droning doom of Sunn O))) before a riff turned blunt weapon is embedded in the skull. The opener is the most memorable track on the album. It captures the band’s use of balance between atmosphere and sheer ferocity.

Stevie shows her skill with the strings on “Spirited Migration”, a Latin influenced interlude that brings to mind a sonic journey through the mind of a desert creature. The creative and versatile song writing style on this album is similar to Neurosis and Old Man Gloom. While taking influence from some of the more well know bands in the genre, Spirited Migration still offers ingenuity. The mystical guitar on “Weather the Storm” captivates the mind and projects a brooding storm on the rise into the mind of the listener. The structures for each song differ quite a bit but still allow the listener to feel the whole thing is well connected. I would recommend listening to it all the way through the first few times.

“Flight Beyond “builds up power and soars through some Baroness styled guitar work. This song blends perfectly into “Grasping the Awe” which has some interesting spoken passages. The plodding pace of the appropriately named track, “Growing Slow”, provides the soundtrack to a predator lurking in the presence of his wounded prey. The drumming on the album is not overly complex and there are not fills being thrown around. The drums serve their purpose, which is to be the lumbering, pounding heart of the music. The guitar flourishes in psychedelic beauty at points while the majority of the time is dedicated to pummeling skulls. After hearing Spirited Migration, it is easy to say the group seems very promising and have set the standards high for the next album.



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lobby
June 8th 2009



1251 Comments


Well written. I was thinking about getting this a month back, but decided against it. I still don't think I will...pos'd

Bleekill
June 10th 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. I would still suggest getting this album or at least catch the band live when you have the cash.



BallsToTheWall
July 20th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Acquring this now. Good review dude.


This has awesome fuckin artwork.

Bleekill
August 5th 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. They are really DIY, making their own merch and everything. They both are tattoo artists and shit so you can imagine why the art is sweet.

BallsToTheWall
August 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guy/girl is also from Florida right? Super win.

TRMshadow
December 8th 2009



4982 Comments


I'm gonna' see these guys with Baroness and Torche on Thursday, they any good?

theartofdoom
March 8th 2010



254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit i wanted to review this. great review anyway.

aScannerdarkly
October 9th 2010



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, first of all, I think there is something inaccurate in the band description. The guitar player is actually the main vocalist, not the drummer.

Secondly... Thank you for this, Sputnik. Amazing band. The guitarwork is a huge wall of sound. The drums... they just shake the earth. But there is also so much more to it. Good review too.

Sonnyboy
January 14th 2012



40 Comments


I like the comparisons to Baroness... Love this band...

ProfessorVeerappan
May 9th 2013



790 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liked the review and indeed there are some artists mentioned which are precise to relation to Dark Castle
there is heavy influence of Neurosis,Minsk,Baroness.
they have catatonic riffs that just simply submerge into the brain
mad album
....



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