BAND CULT OF THE FOX
ALBUM BY THE STYX
LABEL IRON SHIELD RECORDS
OUT 2018 (April 20th)
OUR RATING 82/100
CULT OF THE FOX was formed in 2007, year of the their first demo, entitled ”Kitsunetsuki”
and of live debut at the ROBSTOCK FESTIVAL in Sweden. A second demo, “The Power We Serve” came out in 2008, followed by the single track “A Slave to the Reaper” which was recorded for Metal compilation LP "Long live Metal".
After some members changing, the band released their third demo in late 2010 called "The Sea beneath the Sand”.
In 2011 was ready the first full length "A Vow of Vengeance", out via Metalbound Records.
In 2012 the band, now as a quartet, recorded their second album called "Angelsbane", out via "Rock it up" in 2013. Now they're ready for the third chapter of their career called BY THE STYX, out via IRON SHIELD RECORDS on April 20th.
Let's starts to the end: COTF are able to made an album proud of the roots, with the well-learned lesson from the masters, but with a view to the future!
You can understand it from SIEGE FROM THE SKY, the first song of this platter, able to be classic, epic and dark just enough.
The title track presents a darker environment, with a great solo well integrate into the song.
If KILLING THE BLACK DOG hits you right now with its PRIEST's riffing, vocals get rough.
RIDDLE OF STEEL is more epic and maybe more "modern", while BLACKFRIAR'S BRIDGE, is more classic and pressing with a stunning solo to remind.
NIGHT ASHER is absolutely heavier in dark mood, while BONES ALLEY is, in our opinion, one of the best tune of this album, with a solo totally inspired.
Not least the classic A WARRIOR REBORN or the next RETURN TO THE BURNING.
To remind the DAMNATION OF ALBERT CANEHAM, able to mix the starting doom son of Sabbath (with rough vocals), with a second slice more classic.
The end is reserved for SHUTTIN' 'EM DOWN..heavier, powerful and faster..a great kick in the teeth to salute us in the best way!!
An album absolutely interesting, with right doses of power and speed..all well mixed!
1. Siege from the Sky 2. By the Styx 3. Killing the Black Dog LINE UP : 4. Riddle of Steel 5. Blackfriar’s Bridge 6. Nightmaster 7. Bones Alley 8. A Warrior Reborn 9. Return to the Burning 10. The Damnation of Albert Caneham 11. Shuttin' 'em down
MAGNUS HULTMAN VC
ERIKA WALLBERG GT
FREDRIK THEANDER GT
PETER SVENSSON BG BV
MARCUS ROSENKVIST DR BV
(Thanks PURE STEEL PROMOTION)