Dark Castle
Spirited Migration


4.0
excellent

Review

by SCREAM! USER (58 Reviews)
July 27th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludging with a woman's touch

When approaching sludge band Dark Castle, before even listening to any of the music, two things are immediately shocking. The first thing is that one woman handles lead vocals and all guitar work. (Now before we get a feminist rage going here, I’m not saying women can’t handle metal. They have certainly proven they can, however even in today’s scene it is still rare to see a woman handling such a huge portion of the band especially in a genre as filthy as sludge.) The second noteworthy difference is that the band features no bass guitar whatsoever.

Now although the lack of a bassist is pretty unusual in metal, in your average band in might not cause much of a stir considering how small of a role the instrument plays in a great many metal bands. However, this is sludge, a genre marked by the low, filthiness of the sound. One of the genres where it would seem the bass would be an essential instrument to have yet Dark Castle waste no time showing you that this is not the case.

In fact, if anything, the band turns it into an advantage. By focusing on the melodies that can be created in the sludge and experimenting with various effects, the band manages to go from passages that are soothing and beautiful (Weather The Storm) to thick, menacing riffs that rival any other sludge act with or without a bassist (see Awake In Sleep). Keeping their songs relatively short (for the genre), the band quickly passes from one idea to the next in a seamless flow that almost moves a little too quickly at times as some songs seem to end a little before their complete maturity. This is especially true for Flight Beyond, the sixth track, which feels like a climax of sorts within the album. It hits the listener immediately after the calmness of Weather the Storm and sees the band put to use everything in their arsenal from the heavy riff of the intro, the melodic chords of the chorus and an interesting, sporadic usage of reverb-laden tremolo picking. The album calms down after this “climax” (while still maintaining its heaviness mind you) giving a feeling of things having come full-circle and the story reaching an end. With the album not even reaching the 40 minute mark, it is a remarkably easy listen that does however leave you wishing there was a little more.

Spirited Migration is truly a diamond in the rough in the genre of sludge. It can be as resplendent and beautiful but also as hard and dense depending on where the band members want to take you. Although it runs a little short on time, it never runs short of ideas.



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SCREAM!
July 27th 2013


15139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awake In Sleep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dgUkIVDtl4



Weather The Storm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz-qMj_f-CM



Flight Beyond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXXOVRBAWZw

Eclecticist
July 27th 2013


3863 Comments


It's nice to see you writing reviews again.

SCREAM!
July 27th 2013


15139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man



Not many Dark Castle fans around these parts. That's too bad

TrueBlood
July 27th 2013


1388 Comments


Never heard of them but I have heard of thou

SCREAM!
July 27th 2013


15139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to the tracks I posted in the first comment. They aren't really that similar to Thou other than them both being sludge. I just couldn't really think of any bands that play sludge in quite this style

TrueBlood
July 27th 2013


1388 Comments


Sure

I'm on my cell phone. Would be nice if you linked the tracks but I guess I can copy and paste to wordpad and transfer to an Internet window

SCREAM!
July 27th 2013


15139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

edited the comment and fixed that

TrueBlood
July 27th 2013


1388 Comments


you're the man. Makes it much easier. Will check now :]

TrueBlood
July 27th 2013


1388 Comments


wow I'm impressed I really enjoyed that first link

I like how they played off a root note void rhythm with intermediate clip'd melodic hints then a progression into more common note interval techniques

They're far from generic which is a big deal for me. I might get this. When I get more time I'll prolly check those other tracks first, however.

Have a pos



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