Mares of Thrace, The Pilgrimage
Based out of Calgary, Alberta, Mares of Thrace is guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz and drummer Stefani MacKichan. They play largely-improvised alterna-doom metal. The Pilgrimage tends to sound like a combination of Kylesa and Black Cobra.
Lyrically, there’s three acts, with subordinate tunes under them– we open with “Act I: David Glimpses Bathsheba,” and its lurching doom riffs, and there’s three tunes during that act; next we hit “Act II: Bathsheba’s Reply to David,” two more items of tunage, and then “Act III: A Curse Falls on the House of David,” which then finishes out with two more.
They’re pretty patently doom, which means (if you’re new to this site), they open with a fairly simple 3- or 4-note (not chord) riff, playing by itself for a while, drums come in, the riff changes to another 4 or so notes, and then we get a couple of chords with shrieked vocals over it.
Like most hardcore doom, it requires patience, and probably a handy supply of medical marijuana.
Overall? “The Gallwasp” is a pretty cool tune, with a somewhat-southern-rock-sounding riff during the doom-ness, “The Perpetrator” is nearly rock-like in its riffs (and totally works), “Act II…” opens with a generic but groovy open-note riff… “Act III” comes in fast and furious, laying down the forebeat before the largely-atmosphere “The Three-Legged Courtesan…” and finally the closer “…and the Bird Surgeon,” which rocks a cool, dissonant Pink Floyd on (more) acid riff.
Doomheads? You will need this album. Everyone else? Give and listen and dip your hammer, anvil and stirrup in….
[The Pilgrimage is released 4/24/12.]
This entry was posted on March 10, 2012 by hhbrady. It was filed under Album Reviews and was tagged with album review, Black Cobra, Doom, doom metal, Kylesa, mares of thrace, Metal, stoner, the pilgrimage.