Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records release: 26 May 2023
Based out of The Hudson Valley, New York, the band was formed in the summer of 2018 by Brian Harrigan and Anthony DiBlasi. Andrew Vogt joined shortly after and Beth Gladding was auditioned and completed the line-up a bit later. Drawing inspiration from a broad range of musical and creative influences the quartet enjoys creatively blending multiple elements together to forge new sounds.
Crossing the realms of post-metal and heavy rock, Beholden is a 6 track, 60-minute album, that mixes black metal, psyche-rock-influenced solos and doomy riffs with male and female clean & harsh vocals. The record spans genres without living in any singular one
The first track Forgotten Kingdom, for example, combines awesome groove with rough melo-death and psychedelic elements, so that Headbangers will have a blast (and probably a pain in the neck afterwards).
Sometimes the psychedelic influences take a bit too long before coming to the point, for my taste, a heavier track like Oh Brother is more my cup of tea. But all in all, Beholden is a very successful album with songs not following a pattern, but still catchy and varied. Moreover, Lie to the Angels offers a great dramatic conclusion to the album, something like a metal mini-opera.
Anthony DiBlasi (WITCHKISS) – Bass, Vocals
Beth Gladding (LOTUS THIEF, FORLESEN, BOTANIST, PALACE OF WORMS) – Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Mandolin
Brian Harrigan (GRID, SWALLOW THE OCEAN) – Vocals, Guitar, Synth
Andrew Vogt (LOTUS THIEF, SWALLOW THE OCEAN) – Drums
Recorded, mixed & mastered at Beacon Soundworks with Mike Uscifer.
Album artwork created by David Paul Seymour.