The Sheffield, United Kingdom psychedelic heavy blues machine REGULUS create the kind of foot-stomping destruction that brings excitement back into the blues-rock genre.
You may have witnessed their giant slabs of metal on a HRH Road Trip or at METAL 2 THE MASSES.
Their Quadralith Album came out earlier this year. We had a listen:
It starts with “Dominion” which is a sizzle through a gravelly parched setting.
The vowels tilt from the hoarse-cackle mouth like dying moans from a mutilated war-monger and a quicksilver guitar opens the darkness to allow a little light to enter…
“Last Chance To Die Young” has a shaken bass riff and grizzled vox. This is basically flexible rock ‘n’ roll — with outrageously blackened guitars and overly bright cymbals. It would probably go down well at any biker meet.
“Seven Tales Told” is mature and funky. With a brilliant set of guitars and an aggressive rhythm. This track demonstrates the breadth and versatility of a band that does not mind playing jazz and even funk, though their hearts, minds and extremeties remain trapped low, so low, in the muddy blackmould of the battlefield.
Title track “Quadralith” goes back to desolation, though. And the number features full-flavour riffs, thick-cut voices, and the kind of doped rhythms we shoulda expected from this bangin’ band all along.
This album is full of intelligent arrangements, magnificent play and some truly artistic moments.
Words: @neilmach 2017 ©