Blood Raven Jotunn Review



It’s hard when mentioning
Maryland, USA not to immediately think of the areas affiliation with the doom metal genre, like fish with chips and lamb with mint sauce, the two just seem to be tied together.
The Obsessed,
Pentagram,
Place of Skulls and
Earthride are just some of the bands to come out of what is affectionately called the ”
Doom Capitol” (
D.C.).


Blood Raven,
Dana Helmuth (guitar and vocals),
Chris Andersen (guitar)
Scott Golley (drums) and
Gabe Solomon (bass), are the latest
Maryland band to chance their arm in the international doom market. The four guys, who have plied their respective trades in bands like
Motherload,
Corpse Grinder, Chaos Emblem and
Lifetime, have come together, under the
Blood Raven banner, to stake a claim for a place on the pedestal of
Maryland doom heroes with the release of their debut album ”
Jotunn“.


Hour Of The Dragon” kicks into life on a rolling hard rock riff, one you will swear you’ve heard before but can’t put your finger on where, the song is enhanced by colourful fills and licks and pushed hard by
Solomon‘s gnarly bass and
Golley‘s pulverising percussion causing it to seep deep into the listeners psyche pulling him/her deeper into the songs gloriously enslaving groove.
Helmuth as well as, with
Anderson, delivering thick slabs of grizzled riffage and scorching solo’s also handles vocals, his grizzled, slightly sneered clean tones a perfect fit for the dark menacing grooves surrounding them, vocals and music combining to create a whole as great as it parts.


Smoke Is Rising” sees
Helmuth‘s vocals getting a little grizzlier and sludge-like, his darker bellowed tones roared over a groove informed by doom but with one foot tantalising dipped in the waters of the blues. This bluesy influence might not be immediately evident in it’s initial heavily plodding doom refrain but is something that becomes glaringly obvious as the song reaches its gloriously soaring finale when,with
Anderson laying down thick crunching riffage ,
Helmuth pulls off searing bluesy minor pentatonic solo’s over a backdrop of thunderous rhythm.


Blood Will Flow” is up next and finds
Anderson and
Helmuth locking into a high- tempo proto-doom refrain, the two guitarist filling out the songs groove with little curly fills and licks over
Golley and
Solomon’s incredibly tight rhythm work.


Black Moon” slows down the dynamic slightly and sees
Blood Raven getting down and dirty on a song that falls heavily into stoner doom territory but one that still retains, mainly because of
Helmuth‘s searing guitar work, an element of heavy bluesy swagger at it core. The vocalist/guitarist, superbly supported by
Anderson’s grizzly fuzz drenched guitar,
Solomon‘s booming bass and
Golley‘s tumultuous percussion, roars like a wounded bear while peeling of one scintillating solo after another.


Four Directions” sees elements of dark swirling space and psych creeping into
Blood Ravens dark stoner doom attack with
Helmuth‘s, slightly phased, hazy, but still bear-like, tones roaring over a dark pounding heavy backdrop of pulverising low/slow doom taken to another level by
Golley‘s
Bonham-esque percussion and
Solomon‘s bone crumbling bass lines.


Shadows Of The Western Moon” brings ”
Jotunn” to a close with an epic display of atmospheric stonerized doom and bluesy sludge.
Anderson and
Helmuth lay down a swathe of heavily phased guitar colouring over which
Helmuth bellows and roars dark lyrics asking to be ”
set free“. It might be
Desert Psychlist’s imagination, and maybe in part as a result of
Golley‘s pounding drum work, but there is an element of
Led Zeppelin’s arrangement of ”
When The Levee Breaks” nestling beneath this tome that gives the song an epic and grandiose feel.

Heavy, atmospheric and with real quality to both the songwriting and arrangements,
Blood Raven’s
Jotunn” is a statement to the world that
Maryland remains now and always the
Doom Capital of the
World!

Check it out …..

© 10/04/2017 Frazer Jones




It’s hard when mentioning
Maryland, USA not to immediately think of the areas affiliation with the doom metal genre, like fish with chips and lamb with mint sauce, the two just seem to be tied together.
The Obsessed,
Pentagram,
Place of Skulls and
Earthride are just some of the bands to come out of what is affectionately called the ”
Doom Capitol” (
D.C.).


Blood Raven,
Dana Helmuth (guitar and vocals),
Chris Andersen (guitar)
Scott Golley (drums) and
Gabe Solomon (bass), are the latest
Maryland band to chance their arm in the international doom market. The four guys, who have plied their respective trades in bands like
Motherload,
Corpse Grinder, Chaos Emblem and
Lifetime, have come together, under the
Blood Raven banner, to stake a claim for a place on the pedestal of
Maryland doom heroes with the release of their debut album ”
Jotunn“.


Hour Of The Dragon” kicks into life on a rolling hard rock riff, one you will swear you’ve heard before but can’t put your finger on where, the song is enhanced by colourful fills and licks and pushed hard by
Solomon‘s gnarly bass and
Golley‘s pulverising percussion causing it to seep deep into the listeners psyche pulling him/her deeper into the songs gloriously enslaving groove.
Helmuth as well as, with
Anderson, delivering thick slabs of grizzled riffage and scorching solo’s also handles vocals, his grizzled, slightly sneered clean tones a perfect fit for the dark menacing grooves surrounding them, vocals and music combining to create a whole as great as it parts.


Smoke Is Rising” sees
Helmuth‘s vocals getting a little grizzlier and sludge-like, his darker bellowed tones roared over a groove informed by doom but with one foot tantalising dipped in the waters of the blues. This bluesy influence might not be immediately evident in it’s initial heavily plodding doom refrain but is something that becomes glaringly obvious as the song reaches its gloriously soaring finale when,with
Anderson laying down thick crunching riffage ,
Helmuth pulls off searing bluesy minor pentatonic solo’s over a backdrop of thunderous rhythm.


Blood Will Flow” is up next and finds
Anderson and
Helmuth locking into a high- tempo proto-doom refrain, the two guitarist filling out the songs groove with little curly fills and licks over
Golley and
Solomon’s incredibly tight rhythm work.


Black Moon” slows down the dynamic slightly and sees
Blood Raven getting down and dirty on a song that falls heavily into stoner doom territory but one that still retains, mainly because of
Helmuth‘s searing guitar work, an element of heavy bluesy swagger at it core. The vocalist/guitarist, superbly supported by
Anderson’s grizzly fuzz drenched guitar,
Solomon‘s booming bass and
Golley‘s tumultuous percussion, roars like a wounded bear while peeling of one scintillating solo after another.


Four Directions” sees elements of dark swirling space and psych creeping into
Blood Ravens dark stoner doom attack with
Helmuth‘s, slightly phased, hazy, but still bear-like, tones roaring over a dark pounding heavy backdrop of pulverising low/slow doom taken to another level by
Golley‘s
Bonham-esque percussion and
Solomon‘s bone crumbling bass lines.


Shadows Of The Western Moon” brings ”
Jotunn” to a close with an epic display of atmospheric stonerized doom and bluesy sludge.
Anderson and
Helmuth lay down a swathe of heavily phased guitar colouring over which
Helmuth bellows and roars dark lyrics asking to be ”
set free“. It might be
Desert Psychlist’s imagination, and maybe in part as a result of
Golley‘s pounding drum work, but there is an element of
Led Zeppelin’s arrangement of ”
When The Levee Breaks” nestling beneath this tome that gives the song an epic and grandiose feel.

Heavy, atmospheric and with real quality to both the songwriting and arrangements,
Blood Raven’s
Jotunn” is a statement to the world that
Maryland remains now and always the
Doom Capital of the
World!

Check it out …..

© 10/04/2017 Frazer Jones


It’s hard when mentioning
Maryland, USA not to immediately think of the areas affiliation with the doom metal genre, like fish with chips and lamb with mint sauce, the two just seem to be tied together.
The Obsessed,
Pentagram,
Place of Skulls and
Earthride are just some of the bands to come out of what is affectionately called the ”
Doom Capitol” (
D.C.).


Blood Raven,
Dana Helmuth (guitar and vocals),
Chris Andersen (guitar)
Scott Golley (drums) and
Gabe Solomon (bass), are the latest
Maryland band to chance their arm in the international doom market. The four guys, who have plied their respective trades in bands like
Motherload,
Corpse Grinder, Chaos Emblem and
Lifetime, have come together, under the
Blood Raven banner, to stake a claim for a place on the pedestal of
Maryland doom heroes with the release of their debut album ”
Jotunn“.


Hour Of The Dragon” kicks into life on a rolling hard rock riff, one you will swear you’ve heard before but can’t put your finger on where, the song is enhanced by colourful fills and licks and pushed hard by
Solomon‘s gnarly bass and
Golley‘s pulverising percussion causing it to seep deep into the listeners psyche pulling him/her deeper into the songs gloriously enslaving groove.
Helmuth as well as, with
Anderson, delivering thick slabs of grizzled riffage and scorching solo’s also handles vocals, his grizzled, slightly sneered clean tones a perfect fit for the dark menacing grooves surrounding them, vocals and music combining to create a whole as great as it parts.


Smoke Is Rising” sees
Helmuth‘s vocals getting a little grizzlier and sludge-like, his darker bellowed tones roared over a groove informed by doom but with one foot tantalising dipped in the waters of the blues. This bluesy influence might not be immediately evident in it’s initial heavily plodding doom refrain but is something that becomes glaringly obvious as the song reaches its gloriously soaring finale when,with
Anderson laying down thick crunching riffage ,
Helmuth pulls off searing bluesy minor pentatonic solo’s over a backdrop of thunderous rhythm.


Blood Will Flow” is up next and finds
Anderson and
Helmuth locking into a high- tempo proto-doom refrain, the two guitarist filling out the songs groove with little curly fills and licks over
Golley and
Solomon’s incredibly tight rhythm work.


Black Moon” slows down the dynamic slightly and sees
Blood Raven getting down and dirty on a song that falls heavily into stoner doom territory but one that still retains, mainly because of
Helmuth‘s searing guitar work, an element of heavy bluesy swagger at it core. The vocalist/guitarist, superbly supported by
Anderson’s grizzly fuzz drenched guitar,
Solomon‘s booming bass and
Golley‘s tumultuous percussion, roars like a wounded bear while peeling of one scintillating solo after another.


Four Directions” sees elements of dark swirling space and psych creeping into
Blood Ravens dark stoner doom attack with
Helmuth‘s, slightly phased, hazy, but still bear-like, tones roaring over a dark pounding heavy backdrop of pulverising low/slow doom taken to another level by
Golley‘s
Bonham-esque percussion and
Solomon‘s bone crumbling bass lines.


Shadows Of The Western Moon” brings ”
Jotunn” to a close with an epic display of atmospheric stonerized doom and bluesy sludge.
Anderson and
Helmuth lay down a swathe of heavily phased guitar colouring over which
Helmuth bellows and roars dark lyrics asking to be ”
set free“. It might be
Desert Psychlist’s imagination, and maybe in part as a result of
Golley‘s pounding drum work, but there is an element of
Led Zeppelin’s arrangement of ”
When The Levee Breaks” nestling beneath this tome that gives the song an epic and grandiose feel.

Heavy, atmospheric and with real quality to both the songwriting and arrangements,
Blood Raven’s
Jotunn” is a statement to the world that
Maryland remains now and always the
Doom Capital of the
World!

Check it out …..

© 10/04/2017 Frazer Jones

It’s hard when mentioning
Maryland, USA not to immediately think of the areas affiliation with the doom metal genre, like fish with chips and lamb with mint sauce, the two just seem to be tied together.
The Obsessed,
Pentagram,
Place of Skulls and
Earthride are just some of the bands to come out of what is affectionately called the ”
Doom Capitol” (
D.C.).


Blood Raven,
Dana Helmuth (guitar and vocals),
Chris Andersen (guitar)
Scott Golley (drums) and
Gabe Solomon (bass), are the latest
Maryland band to chance their arm in the international doom market. The four guys, who have plied their respective trades in bands like
Motherload,
Corpse Grinder, Chaos Emblem and
Lifetime, have come together, under the
Blood Raven banner, to stake a claim for a place on the pedestal of
Maryland doom heroes with the release of their debut album ”
Jotunn“.


Hour Of The Dragon” kicks into life on a rolling hard rock riff, one you will swear you’ve heard before but can’t put your finger on where, the song is enhanced by colourful fills and licks and pushed hard by
Solomon‘s gnarly bass and
Golley‘s pulverising percussion causing it to seep deep into the listeners psyche pulling him/her deeper into the songs gloriously enslaving groove.
Helmuth as well as, with
Anderson, delivering thick slabs of grizzled riffage and scorching solo’s also handles vocals, his grizzled, slightly sneered clean tones a perfect fit for the dark menacing grooves surrounding them, vocals and music combining to create a whole as great as it parts.


Smoke Is Rising” sees
Helmuth‘s vocals getting a little grizzlier and sludge-like, his darker bellowed tones roared over a groove informed by doom but with one foot tantalising dipped in the waters of the blues. This bluesy influence might not be immediately evident in it’s initial heavily plodding doom refrain but is something that becomes glaringly obvious as the song reaches its gloriously soaring finale when,with
Anderson laying down thick crunching riffage ,
Helmuth pulls off searing bluesy minor pentatonic solo’s over a backdrop of thunderous rhythm.


Blood Will Flow” is up next and finds
Anderson and
Helmuth locking into a high- tempo proto-doom refrain, the two guitarist filling out the songs groove with little curly fills and licks over
Golley and
Solomon’s incredibly tight rhythm work.


Black Moon” slows down the dynamic slightly and sees
Blood Raven getting down and dirty on a song that falls heavily into stoner doom territory but one that still retains, mainly because of
Helmuth‘s searing guitar work, an element of heavy bluesy swagger at it core. The vocalist/guitarist, superbly supported by
Anderson’s grizzly fuzz drenched guitar,
Solomon‘s booming bass and
Golley‘s tumultuous percussion, roars like a wounded bear while peeling of one scintillating solo after another.


Four Directions” sees elements of dark swirling space and psych creeping into
Blood Ravens dark stoner doom attack with
Helmuth‘s, slightly phased, hazy, but still bear-like, tones roaring over a dark pounding heavy backdrop of pulverising low/slow doom taken to another level by
Golley‘s
Bonham-esque percussion and
Solomon‘s bone crumbling bass lines.


Shadows Of The Western Moon” brings ”
Jotunn” to a close with an epic display of atmospheric stonerized doom and bluesy sludge.
Anderson and
Helmuth lay down a swathe of heavily phased guitar colouring over which
Helmuth bellows and roars dark lyrics asking to be ”
set free“. It might be
Desert Psychlist’s imagination, and maybe in part as a result of
Golley‘s pounding drum work, but there is an element of
Led Zeppelin’s arrangement of ”
When The Levee Breaks” nestling beneath this tome that gives the song an epic and grandiose feel.

Heavy, atmospheric and with real quality to both the songwriting and arrangements,
Blood Raven’s
Jotunn” is a statement to the world that
Maryland remains now and always the
Doom Capital of the
World!

Check it out …..

© 10/04/2017 Frazer Jones


Maryland, USAThe ObsessedPentagramPlace of Skulls EarthrideDoom Capitol D.C
Blood RavenDana HelmuthChris AndersenScott GolleyGabe SolomonMaryland Motherload,Corpse Grinder, Chaos EmblemLifetime Blood RavenMarylandJotunn


Hour Of The DragonSolomonGolleyHelmuthAnderson
Smoke Is RisingHelmuthAndersonHelmuth
Blood Will FlowAndersonHelmuthGolley Solomon’
Black MoonBlood RavenHelmuthAnderson’SolomonGolley
Four DirectionsBlood RavensHelmuthGolleyBonhamSolomon
Shadows Of The Western MoonJotunn AndersonHelmuth Helmuthset freeDesert Psychlist’sGolleyLed Zeppelin’sWhen The Levee Breaks


Blood Raven’sJotunnMarylandDoom CapitalWorld

Source: Desert Psychlist