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Yidhra - Cult Of Bathory

    Ian Jane

  • Yidhra - Cult Of Bathory

    Yidhra- Cult Of Bathory
    Released by: Black Voodoo Records
    Released on: December 18th, 2015.
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    Following up their 2013 full-length Hexed, L.A.'s Yidhra roll out their latest effort, a four song E.P. of heavy, riff-tastic stoner/doom/sludge. Comprised of Ted Venemann on vocals and rhythm guitar (and occasionally the theremin!), Dave Krocker on lead guitar, Thomas Harris on bass (he plays on the record but has since left the band), Erik Brasher on bass (currently, having replaced Harris) and Chris Hannan on drums, Yidhra worked with producer Bill Metoyer this time around, and the sounds are just as sinister as you could hope for.

    The opening track, Cult Of Bathory, clocks in at just over six minutes and it starts with a beautiful Sabbath inspired riff to set the tone for things to come. Over the fuzz comes Venemann's vocals, he's got a sort of growling style that stays in the low end of the spectrum but it fits the music perfectly. There's a great, trippy, sort of psychedelic solo around the four minute mark that gets pretty intense, while the rhythm section keep things properly anchored, with Hannan's drumming really standing out as the song builds to its finish.

    Iron Mountain, a fairly epic track at just over eight minutes, lets the guitars go a little wild at first, while Hanna's drum kit gets a pretty serious work out before things get deceptively mellow at the half way point. Here the guitar noodles a bit, the drums slow down, the bass gets calm and some weird effects work comes through in the mix. It picks back up as it moves towards its end, the band coming together in a swirling mass of noise, played with careful precision. These guys aren't sloppy, not at all, this instrumental track is just flat out tight.

    The Adversary is the shortest track on the record at ten seconds shy of the six minute mark, but it doesn't lack in heaviness or doomy, fuzzy tone. Venemann's a bit subdued here to start off, but that doesn't last too long, he gets into the zone pretty quickly, conjuring some appreciably sinister sounding vocals as the band swerves in and out of some seriously heavy territory. This one is slow, in terms of its tempo and its pace, but it's also the heaviest and most intense track on the album.

    Last but not least is Reign Of Terror at almost seven minutes in length. This is the fastest and most aggressive song of the four, it hits the ground running and it doesn't really stop or slowdown for anything. They're still playing within their established sound, they don't head into thrash territory or anything like that and the tone is still very much in keeping with the rest of the record, but this is definitely faster, maybe a little angrier too. It closes out the E.P. really nicely. Anyone who can appreciate the almighty power of the riff should appreciate what these guys do, and just how well they do it.

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