The Lumberjack Feedback – Hand of Glory (2013)
Review by Jude Felton
There are some record labels out there that I always look forward to the next release. The likes of Dark Descent, Mordgrimm and UKEM, among others, have a knack of putting out consistently high quality music, and it does get expensive. French label Kaotoxin Records is another such label that are really impressing me, with some of my favorite releases of the last year or so coming from them, and now we have another one.
Hot on the heels of the death metal assault from Darkall Slaves, and their Abysses of Seclusion single, comes another new single. This time it’s the two-track Hand of Glory single from French demolition crew The Lumberjack Feedback. Now, aside from having possibly the best band name ever, and I don’t say that lightly, they have also released an incredible single. It may only be the two tracks, A Whisper to the Thunder and The Dreamcatcher, but both clock in at over 8 minutes.
The Lumberjack Feedback is an instrumental band that delivers a hulking and hugely destructive brand of doom metal. Complete with two drummers, which beef up an already monstrous sound, they deliver an almost hypnotic and rhythmic musical journey. It’s a roaring journey that thunders along, laying waste to all in its path and then returning to make sure that the job is complete.
The absence of any vocals, which could dissuade some, is not an issue at all here, as the music on display is of a consistently high quality over the two songs. This is the soundtrack to the end of days, and when that arrives you aren’t going to care enough to be listening to any words. Suffice to say that this is crushing and bleak, and ends far too soon. Is there a full length album on the horizon? I bloody well hope so, as if this is anything to go by it will be an absolute beast.
1. A Whisper to the Thunder
Hand of Glory is released on limited edition CD by Kaotoxin Records on July 2nd.