The following review will appear soon at Live 4 Metal, but Milkweed Records asked me for a review of the debut EP from Lake of Blood through Metal Flows In My Veins...
Lake Of Blood- Heed The Primal Calling
Lately, I’ve been taking more notice of emerging bands from Southern California with some impressive newcomers in the form of Ruines Ov Abaddon (blackened death metal) and Reciprocal (technical death metal). Add to that list Lake Of Blood, a slightly melodic black metal band with the release of their debut, four-song EP entitled “Heed The Primal Calling” on Milkweed Records.
Comparisons to the ecologically themed bands of the Pacific Northwest, such as Agalloch, Blood Of The Black Owl, and, maybe, Wolves In The Throne Room come to mind with environmental themes present in the music and a melodic take on the genre without the use of keyboards. Fast riffing, variations in tempo from a mid-pace to all out blasts, and some guitar melodies with acoustics are all present on “Heed The Primal Calling”.
Although not as mature as some of the aforementioned giants, what is notable about “Heed The Primal Calling” is that it is the first release from the band; that is, no known demos have been circulated (at least, according to Encyclopaedia Metallum). The songwriting and musicianship are solid, as is the deliberately rough production, and all point to a talent to take note of for future releases. Overall, “Heed The Primal Calling” is an excellent first impression.
Lake of Blood Official
Sorry, song removed.
Also, I encourage you to read the following articles. I find it interesting that elements in Western countries, supposedly tolerant and encouraging towards self-expression and political commentary, label heavy metal as for the mentally ill.
Report: Heavy Metal Fans More At Risk of Developing A Mental Illness
The following appeared in today's Washington Post. Interesting that the epitome of intolerance, radical Islam, is beginning to find common ground with metal.
Islam and Heavy Metal
I welcome your thoughts and comments...