Druid Lord
Grotesque Offerings


3.5
great

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (230 Reviews)
May 7th, 2018 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: M/

Dig deep into your attic's dusty boxes and find a House of the Dead III disk because I have the perfect record for antiquated zombie slaying. It's called Grotesque Offerings, the second full-length form Orlando, Florida based death metal outfit Druid Lord and boy does it peel back the finger nails.

Druid Lord is a death/doom metal band that's been around since 2010. They've released two albums in that 8 year span with the latest one catching some momentum thanks in part to it's incredibly metal artwork but mostly for the hard jams that the album brings. Similar in approach to it's contemporaries in Hooded Menace and Acid Witch, Druid Lord play a theatrical but traditional form of death/doom that's influenced by horror movies, beginning with the classic organ intro to the album and gory/cinematic song titles. While not reinventing the wheel by any means, Druid Lord ***ing rip. Riffs are thick and heavy, vocals are filthy, and the soaring leads, movie samples and occasional synth slather the brutality with a lucid coat of melancholy.

Throughout the lengthy 54 minute running time, Druid Lord mostly succeed with their approach. The guitar tone is crushing, the leads add emotional depth, and the tempos are varied enough to keep some of the tracks from droning on too long. That is where I'll nitpick a bit though. Some of the tracks could benefit from having a minute shaved off their run times because there are a few moments where things begin to drone after awhile and the music begins to sound a bit samey. Druid Lord are great mood setters and song crafters, they stir the imagination of the listener with their epic style, and the songs all have their hooks, melodies and head-banging rhythms, but but a little more panache with the song-writing would go a long way. They establish the apocalyptic scenario early on with the opening beast of a track, "The House of Drippping Gore" and run it through to it's final breath in the aptly titled closing instrumental "Final Resting Place".

Fans of death/doom should check this out when they get a moment. House of Dripping Gore, Black Candle Seance, and Creature Feature are all ***ing bangers. And I like the sound that Druid Lord have established here, all I want now from them is some streamlined songwriting and I'll be set.



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combustion07
May 8th 2018


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah Balls good review m/ chock full of them melancholy leads

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2018


31357 Comments


got my house of the dead 3 disc

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


This is a 5

Darius the Great
May 8th 2018


18131 Comments


Which means it's probably a 3.5

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


I can only speak for myself, in which case that untrue.

Spacesh1p
May 8th 2018


7668 Comments


Will check but Hymns was pretty boring imo

Digging: Tyrants Blood - Into the Kingdom of Graves

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good, just too long.

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


Better than Hymns. I mean how can you not 5 a death metal album with a song called House of Dripping Gore forreal

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


Omg do we have matching Seinfeld car avatars

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there we got Astral haha.



And I agree. Gore is the best track on here but there's still a few other bangers on that same level too.

Darius the Great
May 8th 2018


18131 Comments


"how can you not 5 a death metal album with a song called House of Dripping Gore"
Same way you can't not love a band called Demonfuck

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If House of Drippping Gore is gay, who wants to be straight?

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


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Mentasm
May 8th 2018


567 Comments


dripping wet

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Death to all but METALLLLLL!

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Death to all but METALLLLLL!

Darius the Great
May 8th 2018


18131 Comments


I mean it's alright if you like men I will not judge

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2018


48880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amen!

Astral Abortis
May 8th 2018


6736 Comments


Judge all you like man, im too busy slammin hot dudes

RippingCorpse1986
May 11th 2018


2796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not too big on death/doom stuff myself tbh, but this sounds cool and great. House of Dripping Gore, Murderous Mr Hyde and Last Drop of Blood slay m/

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