New Keepers Of The Water Towers: Chronicles

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By Gruesome Greg

Sweden’s New Keepers of the Water Towers have a pretty ridiculous name and their song titles are equally silly (“Scientists and the Man of Ice,” “Giant Subway Beast” and so on.) From a lyrical standpoint, these guys would be perfect for a split EP with Chicago doom/death practitioners Lair of the Minotaur.

Chronicles marks the band’s full-length debut for MeteorCity, combining the two EPs they put out on small-time Toraz Records. In total, fifteen tracks make up the 60-minute album, which is comprised of “The Chronicles of Iceman” and “Chronicles of the Massive Boar.” Musically, the band sounds like a cross between Clutch and Mastodon, with slight progressive leanings. I also can’t help noticing a resemblance at times to Windsor-based sludge/death dealers Georgian Skull…

The fifteen tracks on this record run the gamut from fast-paced riffing to slow, chugging doom. Any lyrical themes suggesting of a (or rather a pair  of) concept album(s) are loosely defined, at best. Although the faster songs aren’t bad, New Keepers should stick with their mid-paced sludgy grooves, which produce the catchiest moments on the album. I never thought I’d be singing along to a song called “The Three Headed Cow.”

(MeteorCity)

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Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.