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“One of the best doom rock albums out there, period”
“Album of the Day”
“'8.5/10' Blacklands is an upbeat and oddly haunting experience; packing the bruising punch of doom and licks from the darker side of classic heavy metal, Castle still manages to rock with the energy of a punk band.”
“This album is a true masterpiece and it will probably be my favorite album of 2012.”
“5/5 Horns. This is an absolute must-buy for any doom/viking/power/pagan metal fan.. You will NOT be disappointed.”
“One of the best albums of the year.”
“Blacklands is a scorcher. Classic heavy metal thunder meets epic doom, with shades of power metal bombast, thrashy intensity, and just enough witchy weirdness to separate them from the pack.”
“…it transports you to a pagan empire a thousand miles away, on some fog shielded meadow, where hooded figures dance and play. Excellent. 7 Horns rising on a 10.”
"most important metal album of the month"
"with 'Blacklands', the San Francisco trio are back, bigger and badder"
"4/5 stars,,,Castle is a force to be reckoned with in this modern doom era"
“Unlike anything else I’ve heard in the modern metal scene. Castle is definitely a band to keep an eye on.”
“This is great stuff that gets under you skin and stays there.”
"9/10 'Blacklands' is a showcase of pure musical power"
“9/10 for Blacklands”
“Bay Area’s Castle cut through the gloom with awesome second album ‘Blacklands’”
“Metal Horizons Interview with Mat Davis of Castle”
“More fun than a village witch burning... Castle is the real deal in doom. ”
“Witch Orders and Everyday Occult - The Doommantia Interview”
“Metal Psalter Interview's Mat from Castle.”
“A truly stunning debut album.”
"In Witch Order" is a perfect release that grabs a hold of you and refuses to let go. Metal Rating 5/5.
“It’s pure metal; it’s pure genius. Kings of the Castle? You betcha!”
“Castle, simply put...SLAYS!!!!”
“Castle know exactly what to do to produce quality music and every note of this album shows it.”
“For the real metal heads...those that live, breathe, eat and shit metal. ”
“IN WITCH ORDER is a truly excellent debut and one of the best classic Metal/doom albums I’ve heard this year.”
“An excellent slab of good old fashioned balls out heavy metal.”
“This is a release that’ll keep püre metalheads, stoners & doomsters alike satisfied.”
“The Unknown Heroes of the Underground. ”