No Help for the Mighty Ones

No Help for the Mighty Ones

by SubRosa
     
 
This Salt Lake City-based, female-led doom metal band features two violinists as co-lead instrumentalists alongside the usual guitar, bass, and drums, as well as multiple vocalists. The effect is hypnotic and incantatory, and much more interesting than the usual howls and growls of male-fronted, violin-deficient doom bands. Because three-fifths of their membership is

Overview

This Salt Lake City-based, female-led doom metal band features two violinists as co-lead instrumentalists alongside the usual guitar, bass, and drums, as well as multiple vocalists. The effect is hypnotic and incantatory, and much more interesting than the usual howls and growls of male-fronted, violin-deficient doom bands. Because three-fifths of their membership is female, Subrosa have a unique energy, reminiscent of Bay Area post-black metallers Ludicra but even more psychedelic and haunted. The tribal throb of songs like "Beneath the Crown" and the nearly 12-minute "Stonecarver" (which builds to an almost thrashy peak before downshifting to a crushingly heavy riff in its final third) doesn't inspire headbanging so much as head-nodding, but it's never boring; it's captivating rather than cathartic. There's an occult, retro vibe to their music despite the lack of overt early-'70s signifiers like those found in the work of groups like the Devil's Blood, Blood Ceremony, and Electric Wizard. "The Inheritance" feels like a song that should be howled at the moon, not played in a rock club. No Help for the Mighty Ones is a major statement of artistic purpose; while the album is absolutely not aimed at the metal mainstream, it offers powerful evidence that the genre's vitality can't be questioned.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
Label:
Profound Lore
UPC:
0616892123163
catalogNumber:
72
Rank:
30506

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Performance Credits

SubRosa   Primary Artist
Andy Patterson   Harmonica
Rebecca Vernon   Guitar,Chimes,Vocals,Thumb Piano,Group Member
Phil White   Spoken Word
Zach Hatsis   Drums,Hammered Dulcimer,Group Member
Sarah Pendleton   Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Violin,Spoken Word,Group Member
Kim Pack   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Electric Violin,Group Member
Dave Jones   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Traditional   Composer
Andy Patterson   Engineer
Rebecca Vernon   Lyricist
Cormac McCarthy   Inspiration
Kevin Black   Inspiration
Glyn Smyth   Illustrations,Layout
SubRosa   Composer
Zach Hatsis   Composer
Sarah Pendleton   Composer,Lyricist

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