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HOUR OF 13
333
EARACHE

North Carolina band Hour of 13 admirably recreates the warm tones and occult vibe of Pentagram, St. Vitus and Mercyful Fate on the duo’s latest endeavor 333. This seven-track offering contains an abundance of syrupy riffs (“Lucky Bones”) and hazy rhythms (“Sea of Trees”) with a handful of surprisingly upbeat melodies (“Spiral Vacuum”) featuring an Ozzy-esque vocal warble that rivals the presence and projection from any of the singers of the aforementioned acts. Ardently sticking to a gloom and doom template crammed with creamy guitars and headbanging riffs leaving little room for derivation, Hour of 13 serve up a sound straight from 1979 that while far from original, proudly embodies the diabolical spirit and driving force necessary to make convincing reverences to the demons of the nether world. -Mike SOS
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- Mike SOS