Weird doom metal and Italy go together like Paul Chain and the color violet. With a history of gloomy and strange tunes going back all the way to the ‘70s, the rich history of Italian doom metal is hard to argue against. Occult wizards Gargoyle appear to consider themselves as heirs to that legacy, and cite bands like Mortuary Drape and Death SS as influences; though neither comparison really captures the music itself of their new album Hail to the Necrodoom, the spirit is certainly there. Fans of those bands and decades of Italian doom, extreme and otherwise, should certainly pay attention to Gargoyle. Ahead of its release, hear their retro-inspired strangeness for yourself with our premiere of the demented new single "Nosferatu."

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Not much about Gargoyle is modern. Gloomy interludes recall Mortuary Drape's classic All the Witches Dance and frantic time changes from dirging to aggressive are handled with the deftness of veterans of a time that’s long gone. The skillful lead guitar harmonies and melodies might fit in a bit better with the global scene, psychedelic-tinged with a guitar tone that hints at the depravities of Devil Master. Though the band self-describes as outright doom metal and even include it in the album title, Hail to the Necrodoom is really more akin to a doomified take on the occult black/death approach that the country’s extreme metal is known for—fiery, passionate, and obscure, in all the best of ways.

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Hail to the Necrodoom releases April 30th via Sun and Moon Records.