Seattle quintet Darkish Meditation had us at “darkish meditation,” as a result of we’re sufficiently old to recollect a Scorpions observe known as “Pictured Life” with that very phrase prominently featured. It was a music on an album known as Virgin Killer, so don’t count on to trace that one down on iTunes, as a result of, you already know, virgins and killers and particularly virgin killers are strictly verboten. (Going manner off matter right here, I form of really feel dangerous for the silly Scorpions naming one among their higher albums Virgin Killer in 1976, after which placing what quantities to youngster pornography on the duvet of stated album. How was that OK in any decade?)
As you’ll see from the unique video premiere beneath, Darkish Meditation could have old-school steel tendencies, however they undoubtedly don’t share the Scorpions’ questionable visible content material selections. There’s a flying V within the combine, so there’s a minimum of a thread of connectivity to the Scorps, however with out the unpleasantness of nekkid underage nubiles. No sir, “Hang-out of Worry,” from the upcoming Polluted Temples full-length on Satanik Royalty, is extra akin to Mercyful Destiny musically, although with out all of the falsetto wailing. Actually, if you’d like strong reference level, contemplate Sweden’s In Solitude circa Sister, as there’s a little bit of goth combined into the trad steel combine, as effectively. It is a band that’s assured within the path it’s following, and it isn’t a well-worn one. Polluted Temples, which is about for launch January 28, really offers us hope that 2022 has some upside past, “a minimum of it’s not 2021.”
Right here’s what the band needed to say about this primary style of their debut.
“’Hang-out Of Worry’ offers with the idea of making a ‘satan’ or an issue you could fixate on to function an invented boogeyman, the place worry governs your mindset and instills hatred or gives a scapegoat on why you possibly can’t transfer ahead together with your life. Musically, it’s a thunderous basis of first-wave black steel riffage, wailing pinch harmonics and dueling guitar solos.”
This album delivers all the things the video guarantees, and extra, and you’ll preorder your individual restricted version vinyl copy here. Or head over to their Bandcamp web page for digital purchases here.