On their third studio album, TOMBS made good with Savage Gold. With their take on a black, doom metal sound that I didn’t enjoy as much on SERPENTINE PATH’S release of Emanations, I took a listen to Savage Gold and realized that they made it sound right to me. The riffs had some variety; enough to keep a sludge sound, yet changing grooves that will not bore the listener. Mike Hill (guitar and vocals) along with Garett Bussanick (guitar) made this album a fun listening experience for me. In fact, I’ve played it about four times already and I can say that I am not even close to being tired with the album. The production on Savage Gold sounded completely better than Emanations which helped its rating considerably. There was a fine mix of the older kind of thrash vocals mixed with a current sound of what I can describe as progressive, but yet doom metal music.
I say progressive because “Thanatos” had great transitions from track one that stayed consistent throughout the album. While the riffs were slow and simple enough to keep with the doom metal sound, Andrew Hernandez II’s drumming was so fluid that one cannot help but just be caught up in a riff change by circle headbanging to the completely filthy, grimey music that TOMBS produces. Relapse Records has yet another solid band on their label that has riffs for days. If you are at a TOMBS show, chances are there are non-stop circle pits during the entirety of their set. There is not a single song on this new record that does not demand movement in the pit.
Similar to BLACK ANVIL, TOMBS is also from the New York black metal, doom metal scene. Also, those two bands started up around the same time, with TOMBS being founded in 2007. As of the current lineup Mike Hill is the only original member left in the band. I mention this because usually when people see that there is only one existing member left, people tend to write them off, saying “they aren’t as good as they used to be,” or “it’s just not the same,” but TOMBS has kept up with the quality of music that black metal, doom metal needs to stay afloat or build a stronger base in the metal community. By combining these styles I think that they really found their sound with Savage Gold and I for one look forward to what they sound like in the future (and also covering them at a live performance.)
Another awesome note about Savage Gold that I would like to point out is that the songs are lengthy, which means a barrage of jamming out with heavy riffs and grooves. In a few words, this album sounds like a beautiful nightmare because the riffs are just unrelenting and the vocals are very black metal. Not every song is about one upping the last in how heavy the song can sound, but there is a steady progression of basic harmony along with the dark sound that every black metal enthusiast can enjoy. You will be headbanging, singing along, and getting lost in this album because TOMBS did it right.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Thanatos”, “Portraits”, “Séance”, “Deathtripper”, “Edge of Darkness”, “Legacy”, “Severed Lives”
WRITTEN BY MR. REESE