|Review: Beastmaker - Lusus Naturae|
Label: Rise Above Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: July 17, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
The name Beastmaker had me thinking Black/Thrash or Death Metal but these Californians are a pretty spot-on old school Doom band. Their debut album Lusus Naturae is very much in the mold of early Black Sabbath with thick, fuzzy guitars, slow-not-plodding tempos and droning vocals that will have you reaching for the psychedelic felt posters and black lights in no time. From a songwriting standpoint, the guys in Beastmaker have the riff piece down, but finding a way to make one song stand out from the next is still a bit elusive and some of the choruses are too repetitive. A few additional dynamic vocal lines would go a long way to propelling this band to the next level. Shortcomings notwithstanding, old school Doom fans will want to put Beastmaker on the watch list.
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