Album Review: SMOULDER ‘Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring’

Inspired by bands such as Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, Blind Guardian, Procession, Altar of Oblivion and, Black Oath, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is the result of countless songwriting sessions and intercontinental file-sharing. With lyrics provoking the imagination while testing the mind, SMOULDER emboldens the listener with literary and fantasy-driven stories with six songs of climatic and challenging epic, doom crossed with elements of power metal!

“Llian of Garathorm” is the epic introduction to this six-track masterpiece. With thundering bass and commanding drum beats, we are drawn into the tale of Llian. Marching into battle with warriors against the rifts of time and destiny; this tale cracks Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring wide open. “The Sword Women” has an intro that flawlessly blends from “Llian Of Garathorm.” This track has hints of doom in it as it treads slowly through the rhythms; the guitar is lightly dancing on top while being lead by soaring vocals. The guitar solo carries us through to the ending of this very compelling tune.

“Bastard Steel” is easily my most favorite track on this album. I can’t get enough of that super catchy guitar hook! This tune reminds me so much of everything I always loved about Iron Maiden. This track was an instant add to my playlist. I love everything about it. It’s fast, powerful, dramatic and triumphant. I feel the climax of battle really come to life here.

“Voyage Of The Sunchaser” continues us through this journey with a slow intro that picks up as the track progresses. The bass in this track is really brought forward; it compliments the guitar solo very well also. Things slow down once again for the ending of this one until we are left with only the drums. This tune is really dynamic and thrashy. “Shadowy Sisterhood” kicks things in with an instant guitar-heavy lead. I can feel vibes of Maiden once again strongly in the bass style. That familiar ‘pop’ always brings me life! This is a really epic and interesting tale of the occult. Witches, shadows, demons, magic, sacrifice, and REVENGE!

We reach the final track of this masterpiece- “Black God’s Kiss.” This one is slow, heavy and full of the darkness you love and crave. It feels like it is spun from the musical clothe that gave life to Black Sabbath and Dio- I love it! Tales of vengeance, adventure, and Satan always unlock a special place in my heart. This tune certainly focuses on the ‘Obscene Evil’ portion of the title as well. Throughout this entire album, I could feel it all- the conflicts, the rises, and the falls. It was all put together beautifully. I know this won’t be the last we hear from Smoulder and I am looking forward to what they will be bringing to the world of power metal!

Track List for Times Of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
1. Llian of Garathorm
2. The Sword Women
3. Bastard Steel
4. Voyage of the Sunchaser
5. Shadowy Sisterhood
6. Black God’s Kiss

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-Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Maehem News: SMOULDER To Release Debut Album April 26

Toronto (ON) – Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the forthcoming full-length debut album from Canadian firebrands SMOULDER. On Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring, the quintet escapes into realms of fantasy, glory and heroism, all under the banner of epic doom and power metal! The album will be released April 26.

Decibel has premiered album track “Ilian of Garathorm.” Stream it below.
decibelmagazine.com/2019/03/07/track-premiere-smoulder-illian-of-garathorm/

Digital pre-orderss
moulder.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-obscene-evil-and-wild-daring

Buoyed by the success of their The Sword Woman demo comes SMOULDER, a Canadian epic doom/power metal quintet who combines obscure metal savvy with brilliant storytelling on their first full-length, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring.

An impromptu jam session at a house party was all it took to light the fire under Canadian metal aficionados Sarah Ann and Shon Vincent. The two shared a fondness for doom bands such as Reverend Bizarre, Lamp of Thoth and Solitude Aeternus, utilizing this synchronicity to throw around ideas that while crude, were the foundation for what was to come. Originally, Sarah was on drums; Vincent on guitar and vocals, resulting in the name SMOULDER, as in “smouldering ruins.” After doing the perfunctory check on Metal Archives to ensure the name wasn’t taken, SMOULDER was forged in 2013.

SMOULDER’s first few years was slow-going, though, as the two struggled to find reliable bandmates in their hometown of Calgary. The pair relocated to Toronto in 2017 and came to the realization Sarah would be better off singing and Vincent should concentrate solely on guitar. Faced with the high costs of a rehearsal room and delaying the band for another year so they could afford space, Sarah and Vincent reached across the border to Illinois to secure the services of Collin Wolf (guitar) and Kevin Hester (drums). Shortly thereafter, SMOULDER trekked into the studio to record their debut 2018 demo, The Sword Woman.

The Sword Woman was released by Hoove Child Records on a limited run of 100 copies. The demo quickly sold-out, prompting the band and label to push the run to 150 — which sold out just as quickly. Soon, the label had no choice but to press a 300 run of the demo to vinyl. Smoulder (who are completed by bassist Adam Blake) eventually caught the eye of Cruz Del Sur Music owner Enrico Leccese, who extended an offer to the band at last year’s Hammer of Doom festival in Germany. Pen now put to paper, the band got to work on its first full-length, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring.

Recorded throughout 2018 at Chicago’s Swift Road Studios and Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring was mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Eternal Champion, Sumerlands). Artwork is courtesy of iconic fantasy painter Michael Whelan (Cirith Ungol). Featuring six songs of climatic and challenging epic doom crossed with elements of power metal, Times of Obscene Evil… is the result of countless songwriting sessions and intercontinental file-sharing. With lyrics provoking the imagination while testing the mind, SMOULDER emboldens the listener with literary and fantasy-driven stories on cuts like the nine-minute epic “The Black God’s Kiss,” power metal-ripper “Bastard Steel” and “Shadowy Sisterhood,” Smoulder’s ode to Iron Maiden’s immortal “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is for the bold, brave and daring; those with a hardened metal spirit and thirst of the epic. Point your swords to the sky — SMOULDER has arrived!

Track Listing:

  1. Ilian of Garathorm
  2. The Swordwoman
  3. Bastard Steel
  4. Voyage of the Sunchaser
  5. Shadowy Sisterhood
  6. Black God’s Kiss

SMOULDER is:
Sarah Ann – Vocals
Shon Vincent – Guitar
Collin Wolf – Guitar
Adam Blake – Bass
Kevin Hester – Drums

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Published by Abby Niesen