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300tube Stoned Meadow Of Doom   1 January, 2017
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Book Of Wyrms - Sci​-​fi​/​Fantasy (2017) (New Full Album)

  Looking for a great new doom band who brings the heavy while also soothing your mind, body and soul? Richmond, Virginia’s Book of Wyrms may be the band for you. They describe their sound as “appalachian stoner rock” and “space metal.” Those tags alone may be enough to draw listeners into their heady realm of astral dreaming, but the band also claims a diverse set of interests ranging from the occult, to cheap beer, to Curtis Mayfield. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with these guys?  With their new album “Sci-fi Fantasy” set for release 01/01/2017 via Twin Earth Records, what better way to kick off the new year

First track "Leatherwing Bat" comes chugging out of the speakers like a freight train driven by booming bass, pounding percussion and overlaid with gnarly fuzz heavy twin guitar attack of Coudriet and Lewis. The band jam a few bars of stoner-ish heavy metal before Moore-Lindsey enters centre stage and completely alters the dynamic, her powerful yet hauntingly sweet folkish tones a total contrast to the bombastic heaviness surrounding them and giving the bands sound an almost proggish heavy folk vibe not unlike that of 70's British troubadours Curved Air.  "Infinite Walrus" opens with a stuttering guitar riff underpinned by J. Lindsey's liquid bass runs and DeHaven's industrious drumming. A short but tasty guitar solo heralds the arrival of Moore- Lindsey's vocal, her voice sweetly swooning over the Sabbath-esque psychedelic grooves the band lay beneath her.

"Cosmic Filth"  begins with a slightly off-kilter guitar motif then moves into desert rock territory with Coudriet and Lewis trading off licks and motifs over a backdrop of  sandy rhythmic groove interspersed with moments of progressive/psychedelic complexity and colouring enhanced by Moore-Lindsey's slightly spacey, mellow vocal delivery.  "Nightbong" is next and has a 60's psych/pop feel to it's initial, deliciously addictive, groove,  a groove that is enhanced by the addition of keyboards and Moore-Lindsey's superb vocal tones. As the song approaches the halfway mark the mood abruptly changes and the groove gets a little darker and heavier with the band moving into ambient space/heavy psych territory before taking things to the close on a wave of doom drenched heavy riffage, ethereal vocals and pounding rhythms.

"All Hollow's Eve" starts with clips of spoken narrative over shimmering percussion, booming bass lines and bluesy guitar solo's, all paving the way for Moore-Lindsey to enter with a haunting mellow and sweetly ethereal vocal, her voice weaving in and around a groove that is part slow blues, part prog/folk but all Book of Wyrms.  "Transcendental Migraine" mixes aspects of the bands Appalachian roots with traditional heavy metal grooves creating an almost Thin Lizzy/Judas Priest hybrid feel with the two guitarists trading off and harmonising guitar parts over a backdrop of hard and heavy rhythmic grooves.  "Sourwolf" closes proceedings with a song that leans slightly away from the bands space/psych core and edges more towards the doomier side of the tracks. Heavier than what has gone before previously the song sees the band fully embrace their dark side with  Coudriet and Lewis  employing Iommi-esque guitar licks,solo's and riffs over J. Lindsey's low gnarly bass lines and DeHaven's thunderous doomy percussion all finished off with  Moore-Lindsey's beautifully mellow/sweet tones soaring majestically over the top.  Heavy, in the old metallic sense, yet infused with elements of space and psych coated with gloriously haunting vocals "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" is an album that revels in it's contrasts and is one you really should check out.

Review by Frazer Jones http://stonerking1.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/book-of-wyrms-sci-fi-fantasy-review.html

Words also from The Sludgelord http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2016/12/video-premiere-richmond-va-space-doom.html

1.  Leatherwing Bat - 0:00
2.  Infinite Walrus - 7:54
3.  Cosmic Filth - 15:19
4.  Nightbong - 20:13
5.  All Hallows' Eve - 27:35
6.  Transcendental Migraine - 35:58
7.  Sourwolf - 42:08

Support Book Of Wyrms by purchasing the album here https://twinearthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sci-fi-fantasy

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