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Yatra - Blood of the Night

Yatra
Blood of the Night
by Justin "Witty City' Wittenmeier at 24 February 2020, 4:26 AM

YATRA is a Doom Metal band from Ocean City, Maryland; “Blood of the Night,” is their second full length.   This my first experience with the band so I can’t compare it to their previous effort.  I can, however, say with full certainty this is a riff lover’s wet dream.  If you like riffs, “Blood of the Night,” is an album that will give them to you, until you just can’t handle anymore.  That is a double-edged sword unfortunately because the album lacks any real variety.  I couldn’t find a bad track among the album’s eight Doom rockers, but the songs all sound pretty similar and start blend in together by the album’s 45 minute run time.

But, as I previously mentioned, every track is solid and if you like the opening track, “Sorcerer,” it is a safe bet the others will be equally as enjoyable.  That opening track begins with very little pretense—after brief moments of feedback, the sweltering riffs drop like a guillotine blade.  The sound is rooted in more old school Doom, but the tone is unmistakably evil and modern.  A slow-paced groove settles in with the bass popping up here and there.  The rhythm of the song reaches its zenith with the Blackened vocals, which was a surprise to me considering the more traditional aspects of the music.  However, I was not disappointed—Dana’s vocals work extremely well for the band, adding in an extra occult atmosphere.

The Howling,” adds in a tiny bit of speed and a more rock and roll cadence but a lot darker and menacing of course.  The vocals ride alongside the riffs for a Stoner infused vibe, giving the song an unique laid back approach to contrast the darker aspects. The lead guitar provides a certain flair to the proceedings, an element that is also rooted in more old school ways, even a bit blues like but they always fit the tone of the songs and are a welcome addition.  “Three Moons,” is a shining example of the leads taking the reins into a near Doom “jam band” type session.

Surrender,” sounds like much more extreme version of BLACK SABBATH.  The riffs contain that Stoner vibe but just much more ominous in their execution—honestly, this song is a little creepy, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t just straight up rock balls to the wall. YATRA’s “Blood of the Night,” is an enjoyable Doom Metal album that does a decent job bringing the original style of the genre into a more modern, extreme path.  I would recommend this to fans who like Doom but have yet to full embrace some of the darker bands—this album would make a great starting point to venture further.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Sorcerer
2. Carrion
3. The Howling
4. After The Ravens
5. Blood Will Flow
6. Burning Vision
7. Three Moons
8. Surrender
Lineup:
Dana Helmuth – Guitars, Vocals
Maria Geisbert – Bass
Sean Lafferty – Drums
Record Label: Static Era Records
     


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