Heavy Psych Sounds Records
Fans of Monster Truck, Wolfmother, Sabbath, and Thin Lizzy will love the latest album from Texan heavy metal quartet Duel.
Formed by two ex-members of Scorpion Child in 2015, Duel is gearing up for a busy next couple of months. Witchbanger is the band’s sophomore album which is set to release on April 28th, 2017, almost a year after the release of their debut album Fears of the Dead. The band is also getting ready for a European tour which will have them playing in Italy, Germany, Sweden, and a few others.
Inspired by the heavy rock and metal music of the late 60s and the 70s, the songs on Witchbanger are raging ballads full of face-melting guitars and chest pounding drums. The heavy vocals are raw and intimidating, but in the best of ways. The tracks are brilliantly composed with careful emphasis and crescendoes at key points. Overall, Duel has created some fantastic spell-binding music.
However, while it seems that each track has a distinct sound and rhythm making the songs viable to stand alone. Yet moving through the entire 8 track album is much more rewarding than listening to the songs in isolation. Much like the albums created during the eras that inspire Witchbanger, these tracks work together to create one incredible whole unifying theme. And like the epic metal ballads of those days, the album finishes with a slip into a softer psychedelic rock grand finale that will leave you wanting more. This is something that cannot be fully appreciated unless the album is listened to in its entirety.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: DUEL – WITCHBANGER