AGE OF TAURUS - The Colony Slain LP
Finally, UK’s doomers Age of Taurus return with their long gestating sophomore opus, The Colony Slain. Their 2013 debut Desperate Souls of Tortured Times was a captivating effort, built on a slightly modernized, traditional doom foundation of robust, ironclad riffage and generous hooks, shrouded in a laid-back but heavy stoner fog.
There’s little surprise after such a lengthy break and a couple of line-up changes that The Colony Slain doesn’t follow the engaging template from their debut too closely. Instead Age of Taurus unsheath their swords and chart a battle hardened path of epic, traditional doom, imbued with a galloping, classic heavy metal spirit. There’s enough here musically to link the album to the debut, but The Colony Slain marks a considerable shift in direction. Sometimes the shift sounds a little jarring but mostly the band pull it off successfully, revealing an emotional depth and complexity to complement a bevy of great riffs, stirring harmonies and hooky vocal melodies. Steel-plated doom remains at the core of the Age of Taurus sound, but extra embellishments and stylistic deviations cultivate healthy dynamics to the band’s song-writing. And the songs themselves are never less than solid.
The Colony Slain is a fine progression and follow-up to the great debut. It’s a classy, sword wielding doom opus with huge riffs, memorable song-writing and vocal melodies that worm their way into your brain, tied together with rich, punchy production. Age of Taurus took their sweet arse time, but have crafted a solid album worthy of attention from doom fans old and new.
Ltd. 500, black vinyl in gatefold cover w/insert.
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Rise Above 2018