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Conan - Horseback Battle Hammer

-Jeremy-   (15 reviews)

Posted: 12/23/2010 | Comments: 38 | Rate:

“Caveman Battle Doom”

If you’re already sold on Conan’s description of the music they play, as noted above, then you don’t need to read any further. Need more incentive? The name of the trio from the UK’s debut EP is called HORSEBACK BATTLE HAMMER. If that’s not the most badass record title for a band playing heavy music, I don’t know what is. Something that should also be noted is how fantastic the cover art for this album is, the image on the cover suits this band perfectly. All of these elements create a certain level of excitement for a metal fan…and I haven’t even discussed the music yet.

When you put on the record, the first track Krull opens with low-volume feedback for all of ten seconds before slamming the listener with an unbelievably heavy wall of sound. The band’s guitar and bass are criminally down-tuned. Along with Conan’s instruments being tuned so low, they also invoke long, droning, pedal delayed, feedback-heavy riffs that will shake the foundation of your house. The slow tempo of the opening track does not evolve a whole lot throughout its nine minute length. But is varies just enough, along with its mind blowing heaviness and oddly catchy quality, that it keeps the listener very involved throughout the duration of the song. The final forty-five seconds of the track does provide a fun mid-tempo section to close out the opener.

The third song on the record, “Dying Giant”, contains the slowest and most repetitious and droning riffs on the album. Much like the previous two tracks, it’s heavy as fucking hell, but it also contains an unreal mid-tempo riff just under halfway through the song. I could listen to this riff over and over and over again; it involuntarily induces head-bobbing. The latter part of this mid-tempo riff (approximately 3:38 into the song) is so thick and heavy that it sounds like the song is literally about to implode in on itself. It’s almost indescribable. The droning riffs soon resume, but the song ends with another ball crushing mid-tempo riff.

The vocals on this record accompany the music seamlessly. They’re almost catchy in a way. For the most part Conan uses ‘clean’ vocals or guttural shouting. The clean vocal comment could rub the reader the wrong way, but you’d almost have to hear it for yourself. The vocals work exceptionally well with these songs.

If you’re a fan of slower tempo metal/doom/stoner metal/sludge, listening to Horseback Battle Hammer is an absolute must. We have an exciting new metal band on our hands here with a remarkably accomplished debut record. Horseback Battle Hammer has been in constant rotation for the last five months or so. Simply put, it is the heaviest album I have ever heard. Further to that, it’s my favorite record of the year.

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Comments
Pulp Free
52,183 Posts
35/M/PA
The Canuck does a review. GTFO!
Pulp Free
52,183 Posts
35/M/PA
Did you listen to this 47 times to get a proper feel for the record?
Pulp Free
52,183 Posts
35/M/PA
LOLZ
gary
62,973 Posts
31/M/NA
I've probably listened to it about 69 times. I'm not busy at all today at work and never did get around to doing a review for this record, I figured this morning was a good time to write it.
I have no legs!
6,496 Posts
33/M/PA
One of the best releases of the year and only 4 songs, that's impressive.
Pulp Free
52,183 Posts
35/M/PA
Just imagine how good it's going to be to you when you finally reach the 420th listen.
gary
62,973 Posts
31/M/NA
Anxiety Hangover
11,182 Posts
27/M/WI
so pissed that you claimed this jawn haha

great tunes though. the guitar tone alone makes me want to smash buildings.
Pulp Free
52,183 Posts
35/M/PA
I don't even remember having this record. Did I actually assign it?
Anxiety Hangover
11,182 Posts
27/M/WI
never saw it in the pool, so i guess germy took it upon himself to spread the good word.
gary
62,973 Posts
31/M/NA
Wasn't posted in the review data base, I've just been wanting to review it for months and finally did.

Seriously great record, stoked for new material next year.
N.I.L.
11,730 Posts
33/M/PA
Stupid good album.
CONANDESTROY
37 Posts
27/N/A/NA
Just read the review, thanks very much for what you said. I have posted your review here and also on our myspace (I hope that's ok?).

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=151880538197066&set=a.151880351530418.47293.141296645922122

J
Time Cubin'
6,280 Posts
30/M/PA
Conan ftw.
gary
62,973 Posts
31/M/NA
Originally posted by: CONANDESTROY

Just read the review, thanks very much for what you said. I have posted your review here and also on our myspace (I hope that's ok?).

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=151880538197066&set=a.151880351530418.47293.141296645922122

J


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