The Sword, Ghost, Grand Magus, Blue Öyster Cult, Black Sabbath
October 22, 2021
When a band hits the ground running and immediately speeds off, you know it’s going to be a good thing. Green Lung only formed in 2017 and delivered their frankly superb debut album in 2019 and now, on the other side of the global pandemic, the heavy British band are back with their sophomore album ‘Black Harvest’.
If you’re expecting skullcrushing, slow paced doom/stoner like a Brachiosaurus stomping around looking for a place to die, then you won’t find it here. What the listener gets with ‘Black Harvest’ is a classic sounding album, this is doom delivered through a vintage sounding lens with melodic hooks and chorus’ so infectious it requires the listener to wear a mask. What really aids in this is the utilisation of keyboards into the mix, it is this which give tracks such as ‘You Bear the Mark’, ‘Old Gods’ and ‘Reaper’s Scythe’ a real sound of Blue Öyster Cult and even Deep Purple and Boston at times. Furthermore, the sound which has the most wide-ranging appeal here are the vocals of Tom Templar who gives a real Tobias Forge delivery meaning that ‘Black Harvest’ begins to push into early Ghost territory.
As an album ‘Black Harvest’ is another excellent offering from Green Lung. This is not just another stoner/doom band, this is a band doing their own thing on their own terms and they’re flying high. If you’re looking for an album which is thoroughly enjoyable with catchy songs with enough heaviness to not make you feel guilty about it, then ‘Black Harvest’ is an album to acquire.
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