Supplying you with a years worth of dread, horror and all things grotesque is Druid Lord, and slithering up from the crypt with them is their upcoming offering Grotesque Offerings. Pairing doom, death metal and all things horror, Druid Lord provide you with a sound that is raw, fear inducing and dripping with ooze and stagnant blood. As horrifying and terrifying as each of the ten tracks are on this effort, they are just as mesmerizing and enchanting. Druid Lord does a great job of catching your attention immediately after you press play. Even though the entire run time is around fifty minutes it never feels like a burden to listen all the way through and never once to you intend to leave the listen. Each track is captivating and bewitching and each track comes together in sickening harmony to present to you an unforgettable listen.
This macabre and dread inducing record is something to behold. Grotesque Offerings is monolithic as it presents to you ten ripping tracks that are chilling and stomach turning. Each track is just as sickening as the others and as a whole, Grotesque Offerings raises the hair on the back of your neck and makes you feel unsettled. The grim, slow burning and gnarled sound in which Druid Lord shovels out of your speakers makes you feel as though you are trapped in a nightmare from which you cannot find your way out of.
There is a dense, sinister and malevolent atmosphere that lingers above your head throughout Grotesque Offerings. This effort is truly menacing and a force to be reckoned with. Grotesque Offerings feels as though you are listening to a horror movie and not only that, but this release makes you feel as though you have been taken from the comfort of your own home and planted right in the middle of a horror film. The buzzing madness of the riffs, the blood curdling vocals, the cloaking atmosphere of misery and more come together to gift to you a skin crawling and horrifying listen.
The combination of death metal and doom on this record is damn near perfect as well. Druid Lord certainly isn’t afraid to step out of their realm of low and slow doom to provide you with faster paced face peeling death metal. Never do they lurch from one genre to the other as they work hand in hand to create a cohesive and disgusting sound that is all together addicting and intoxicating. The amalgamation of the two genres creates a wonderfully grim, dread filled and deadly tone that is so hard to get out of your head and out from underneath your skin.
Grotesque Offerings is pure madness as well as pure death and doom metal wizardry. This new effort from these shadow lurkers is truly something to behold and truly something to keep an eye out for. Come January this beast will be unleashed, and what a great way to kick off the new year. Be prepared.
Grotesque Offerings will be released through Hells Headbangers January 19, 2018
Take a listen to the track House of Dripping Gore from the upcoming release below!
You can find Grotesque Offerings for pre-order on Bandcamp
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