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The House Of Capricorn - 'Sign of the Cloven Hoof' album review

29 Mar 2010 // A review by CEOMong

As a Capricorn myself, I was intrigued by what the album had to offer. What I discovered was enchanting intros and beasty hooks; heavy, gothically bluesy, bootstomping, headbanging, good old-fashioned stoner metal.

I heard elements of a bunch of wicked wicked bands’ influences from right across the rock spectrum, right from pop rock to death metal - consequently a real nice sound ensues, one that can only improve as time progresses. These guys would be sweet live, no matter how loud I cranked the stereo it still didn’t seem loud enough.

Wicked sweet background drinking and/or driving music, the tempo is regular and solid, with enough staunch catchy peaks to grab your attention and make you go “wreargh!? allfacknright”. Real nice hooks, love the deep body-felt bass throughout.

Track 1 – Aurora Funeralis: melodramatic, ponderous. Sets the atmos quite nicely. Long enough to wonder if it’s just a really long intro.

Track 2 – Crowned & Drained: Long power chugs and heartfelt drumming hook, slow and steady rhythm. Heavy heavy bass gets the old boots going.

Track 3 – A Devilish Manifesto: mellow intro rocks out into wicked hook. Faster tempo gets the head going with the boots. Nice.

Track 4 – Archways: more deep strummage, really gets the blood fizzing. Cool trippy vox in the chorus, sneaky gax enhances.

Track 5 – Old Redhook: cool intro, another catchy chorus – rock on the air gax.

Track 6 – A Candle for the Morning Star: a real nice track, one that took a couple listens to really get, but definitely one of my favourites. A nice balance between every member, just enough and not too much – and yet all had their piece. Nicely done.

Track 7 – Hymn: Just over a minute long instrumental – smoko time.

Track 8 – Sol: Nice rollicking hook intro, strong rhythms. Rocked out the air gax a couple times even.

Track 9 – The Inveterate: power blues intro, another real sweet headbanging, bootstomping tune.

Track 10 – Lord of Light and Pride: tweaky intro, ebbs and flows like a blood-red tide. A bit slower paced, yet still upbeat.

Track 11 – Under Southern Skies: heavy power chugs, a dark and ancestral feel.

Track 12 – Claws of Fog: epic and enchanting, rocking out into a full mosh-ready tune. Wicked.

Track 13 – Awakening to Shining Light: an epic epic epic way to end a staunch album like this, a cool intro and another solid riff brings the album to a close.



About The House Of Capricorn

The House of Capricorn is a rock band from the fog below One Tree Hill, formed in 2001.

Their debut album 'Sign of the Cloven Hoof' was released in March 2010.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The House Of Capricorn


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