Release Date: May 14, 2013
Record label: Metal Blade
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
The genre of ‘psych’ is currently having its biggest resurgence since Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett realised he quite enjoyed riding a two-wheeler and wanted to write a song about it. From Tame Impala’s blissed-out introversions to Toy’s kraut-inflected drones to the Byrds-indebted, paisley vibes of Temples, if you don’t sound like you’ve just dropped a tab of acid then 2013 doesn’t care. All of these bands fall on the prettier side of the genre.
Do we really have the space for another retro-metal act from the opposite side of the Atlantic? Witchcraft kicked things off with their worship of 70s Pentagram and Black Sabbath's self-titled. Graveyard became the Swedish representatives when Witchcraft wasn't all that hip anymore. Kadavar are leading the German front. The Devil's Blood made “occult rock” the new thing for overly discerning metal listeners to hate.
As the recordings began to circulate so too did the rumours. Some said these two mysterious volumes, Vol.1 and Blood Lust, were dug up from the ruins of an old abandoned barn. Others believed the evil Uncle was a frazzled savant flogging his music on limited import from his hinterland den in Northern Europe. The less romantically-inclined claimed it was the obscurantist side-project of an already-established band with a penchant for cartoonish occultism and heavy Sabbath-styled riffs.