Beats: Hour of 13 – 333 Review

Hour of 13 have been hiding in the dark corners of the Doom metal underground for about 6 years now. It’s just two guys; Chad Davis plays all of the instruments and does most of the song writing whilst Phil Swanson provides vocals.

I hadn’t heard anything by these guys before which I am angry at myself for as I bloody love Doom Metal. I get excited whenever I read the word “Doom” so I had a feeling this was going to be good.

As someone who didn’t really know what to expect (Other than doominess), I was impressed.

As soon as Deny The Cross comes on you get that Sabbath-esque doominess which is never a bad thing. It’s groovy, heavy and lyrically awesome. This continues through The Burning with the hard-hitting groovy riffs, and intensely doomy vocals.

Then we get to Rites Of Samhain which sees a slight change from straight up doom to doom tinged with a slight NWOBHM feel in the vein of Iron Maiden & Judas Priest with some haunting echoes and an amazing guitar solo. This is easily my favourite song on the album and definitely the most catchy. I just wish it was longer.

The album continues with full on doominess which is awesome…  it’s rifftastic, groovy, sturdy vocals, of course has vocals that focus on the occult which Is what you’d expect from something of this ilk and has that kind of raw production which really suits the genre well.

All in all, this is a must have doomilicious album for anyone who likes music such as Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Candlemass, St Vitus. Etc.

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Hour of 13 - 333 is out on Earache Records on 28th May 2012 and will be available from all self-respecting music retailers.

Stay doomy!



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