Friday, 29 August 2014

Cygnus - Heresy of the Stargazer

'Heresy of the Stargazer'

Reviewed by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Doom Metal, Sludge Metal
For Fans Of: High on Fire, Acid Witch, Crowbar, Coffins, Asphyx

I initially expected Cygnus to be some sorta black metal band based around their logo and the album name- the word "Heresy" in particular tipped me off. I was wrong though, Cygnus is definitely a bit influenced by black metal in the aesthetics of their demo tape cover, but what Heresy of the Stargazer turned out to be was some lo-fi, hard-hitting doom metal from Edmonton, Alberta "formed in 2009 with two goals: to smoke weed and play heavy fucking tunes" as stated on their bandcamp page. Black metal aesthetics aside, they play sludge influenced doom somewhat in the style of High on Fire and Acid Witch, but not quite- I had a bit of difficulty admittedly thinking of other bands to compare Cygnus to. Overall, Heresy of the Stargazer has a decent level of variety in it's songs which kept things interesting, and is a good bit of riff-oriented, extremely groovy doom backed by some solid vocals that made for an overall great demo.

Jovian Ice Queen
2. Black Hole Goliath
3. Matter of No Light
4. Heresy of the Stargazer
5. Void
6. Middle Man


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