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The House Of Capricorn - "In The Devil's Days" (CD)

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"In The Devil's Days" track listing:

1. All Hail To The Netherworld (5:25)
2. Les Innocents (10:37)
3. Coffins and Cloven Hooves (6:50)
4. Arcane Delve (7:31)
5. Canto IV (1:57)
6. Veils (9:55)
7. To Carry The Lantern (6:09)
8. Illumination In Omega (5:08)
9. Horns (14:04)
10. In the Devil's Days (5:19)

Reviewed by on January 31, 2012

"For anyone who loved the atmosphere and direction of The Devil’s Blood or Ghost, but wished it was heavier or more eclectic, then The House of Capricorn’s new album will be a god(devil?)send."

“In the Devil’s Days” is a bit like a good cup of diner coffee: it’s sludgy, dirty, more than a little addictive, and best enjoyed in dim lighting late at night. For anyone who loved the atmosphere and direction of The Devil’s Blood or Ghost, but wished it was heavier or more eclectic, then The House of Capricorn’s new album will be a god(devil?)send. There’s a little bit of everything to be found on the disc, from head bobbing melody to slow motion doom destruction.

The album’s production is fuzzy and muddled, with the guitars landing in the distorted background beneath everything else, but it feels like this was more of a tactical choice to create a certain mood. The vocals are varied across the album but generally match the grungy sound, with a harsh stoner metal feel that doesn’t actually go too extreme on the growling aspect.

After the somewhat melodic and extremely catchy opener of “All Hail to the Netherworld,” the album shifts into the 11 minute “Les Innocents,” which slows way, way down to an apocalyptic crawl and the vocals suddenly start channeling Peter Steele in a big way. Much of the album goes through this alternating pattern of varying the tempo and direction of each successive track, so while there is a constant atmosphere, there’s always something different not far off.

With how much is going on, fans of occult rock, stoner metal, doom, sludge, and more can probably find plenty of The House of Capricorn’s sophomore full-length to keep attention consistently running high. It may be dirty and fuzzy, but for more than an hour these Type O Negative-meets-stoner doom tracks latch on tight and don’t let go.

Highs: The atmosphere of The Devil's Blood with the sound of a doom act and the vocal direction of Type O Negative.

Lows: Some of the mammoth tracks drag on a bit.

Bottom line: Alternating between slow motion sludge and catchy occult rock, this varied album will stick in your head.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)