Welcome To The Graveyard is the forthcoming new full-length from West Coast doom metallers, Castle. Produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon this past (Northern) Winter, the eight-track offering will see release on July 15th through Ván Records.
“The song Hammer And The Cross commands a lot of space and we wanted to find a location to match its starkness,” elaborates vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell of the clip. “We filmed the video at an old, abandoned dairy farm north of Toronto in the middle of February in Canada. The cold, swirling imagery is a perfect complement to the hypnotic doomy sounds of the song. It was a successful collaboration with our director and a lot of fun to make.”
Welcome To The Graveyard sees Castle merge their doom-powered riffing with soaring seventies rock . The album features a new level of confident songwriting and is a creepy-crawl through the wastelands of the band’s new Los Angeles’ home; a hard-boiled barrage of classic heavy metal riffage tempered with blasts of melodic orchestrated doom. The perfect soundtrack for a Hollywood cult initiation.
Elizabeth Blackwell’s haunted vocal style draws a sigil of death and madness – envision the Wilson sisters singing hymns from the stygian void, while lyrically the band adapt the stark and compelling vistas of Aleister Crowley‘s Amphora for the song Traitors Rune and Eliphas Levi‘s Transcendental Magic, whose mystic rumination inspires the lyrical backdrop for the lead-off single Flash Of The Pentagram.