The glittering technological future we were all promised has turned into a dystopian nightmare. If music must reflect the times, the hour has plainly come to reject the mainstream status quo and get down to the roots and rhythms of life's elemental heaviness. And that's where Beastmaker come in. Purveyors of some of the most ecstatically thunderous and raw doom metal to emerge in decades, this 3-man riffing machine from Fresno, CA, are manifestly the real deal. Their sound is instantly recognizable and yet thrillingly otherworldly, like all your favorite riffs fed through some perverse malevolent prism and reborn in fresh, overdriven grotesquery.
"When I describe what we do to do people that don't know about us I like to say if Danzig and Black Sabbath had a child of darkness it would be Beastmaker," says vocalist and guitarist Trevor Church. "I've always wanted to express my love for horror films through music, so you could say it was planned, but it took some natural evolution to figure out what works." But while they may superficially appear to servants of a strict Sabbathian code, there is plenty of room for maneuver within the band's titanic sound. The result of this feverish desire to expand their sonic universe is new album Inside The Skull, a bruising tour-de-force of sinister riffs, skewed blues and looming horror, it is simply one of the heaviest and most mesmerizing albums you will hear in 2017, replete with a special cameo or two.
From the old school evangelism of opener "Evil One" and the warped psychedelia of "Now Howls The Beast" through to the twisted fury and fire of "Psychic Visions" and creepy closer "Sick Sick Demon," Inside The Skull is not just a muscular hymn to the glory days of heavy metal's genesis and early prosperity: this is a vital, virile and venomous slab of wildly creative but spiritually pure doom devastation, designed to rescue us from the drab harshness of present day reality and transport us somewhere cooler, somewhere better and, in the best way possible, somewhere much heavier.