Track by track. Unfortunately, I couldn't find lyrics, so I can't comment on those at the time.
1. "Horns Towards Heaven in Defiance" - This ominous introduction has some biting synths and foreboding drums that have a peculiar harshness to them. In a way, it reminds me of a retro, early 80's horror film, and a bit like the unused Hellraiser soundtrack.
2.) "Scorched in Retribution's Flame" - As the braying of goats leads us into the first full track of the demo, a drumstick count brings us into the steady, groovy black metal. I found myself instantly reminded of Khold and Samael, and with some professional production, this could be a really effective headbanger tune. I enjoyed this one for its simple and badass riffs, and the driving vocal patterns.
3.) "Descending Madness" - I feel like I should know where that movie clip intro was from, but it eludes me. This song definitely sounds like a fiery descent into a monstrous maw. The vocals sound especially good in this song, like a demonic orator. The song has another groovy, ponderous pace, much like the previous track, and it may lack variety for some fans, but I personally enjoy that Crowfather can maintain a solid mood and stick with it.
4.) "Lucifer Unbound" - Hearing Samuel L. Jackson's famous Pulp Fiction quote slowed down to Satanic levels is nothing short of hilarious. I see what Crowfather was trying to do here, but I couldn't help but find it goofy. The ensuing song, however, is the most sinister on the demo. The discordant lead guitar gets in the way of the song at times, being too loud and distracting, but I can see where it could be an amazing, diabolical undertone behind the rhythm guitar in the full production. I was hoping that the chugging part towards the end would go for longer, but alas, the song came to what felt like a premature halt.
Overall, this demo is put together well. The song selection is solid and gets across the point of Crowfather quite well. It is, indeed, black metal with a doom metal flavoring. The demo is not without its flaws, and could greatly benefit from a higher production budget, though I understand that some black metal acts prefer the low-fi, analogue style of sound. With that all being said, I am interested to hear what Crowfather does next with its material, and I wish them all the best in this horror show of an industry called music!
~Morte Mcadaver (Blacksoul Seraphim, Sorrowseed, Pandoras Toybox)
All Guitars and percussion on Skulls Created by Stevil (Haunt, Crucifyed) Thank you for all your help. HAILZ
Nathaniel Cunejo (WinterLord) for the killer Band logo. It is greatly appreciated.
You can check out this great artist on the link below. http://www.reverbnation.com/nathanielcunejossoloproject