Listen to self-titled debut album by London heavy/doom metal trio Parish, available now on vinyl via Crypt Of The Wizard!
London, UK based heavy/doom metal trio Parish has released their self-titled debut album on June 24th, 2022 via Crypt Of The Wizard.
»Parish« is available now on vinyl and in digital format. Get your copy here: parishuk.bandcamp.com/album/parish
02. Cunning Murrell
04. Creation Myth
05. Soil And Scythe
06. The Earth Stopper
07. Cutting The Stone
08. Pilgrim’s End
10. Poseidon Song
Recorded by Stanley Gravett at Holy Mountain.
Additional engineering by Misha Hering.
Mixed by Misha Hering at Hollow Earth.
Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Metropolis.
Artwork by Tom Hobb.
Courtesy of Crypt Of The Wizard:
Welcome to the Parish. Come, gather round dear lambs, as today’s sermon is about to begin.
Crypt of the Wizard proudly presents the highly anticipated debut LP from pastoral proto-metal power trio Parish. Listen now and order your copy on vinyl from cryptofthewizard.com.
The two years since the release of their EP »God’s Right Hand« have proved to be no fallow period for the band, who used the time to write and hone the 10 songs laid out on their self-titled debut. They returned to the majestic Holy Mountain to record the album. Making use of the studio’s bumper crop of vintage equipment, Parish were able to unearth a sound that draws on the roots of heavy metal.
The band’s lyrics continue to revel in notions of the pastoral. Themes concerning the works of witches and the changing of the seasons are explored with economic and elegant storytelling. Songs of villagers besieged by strange travellers and poor wretches locked away in gaol conjure up a feeling of uncanny dread. Elsewhere, other songs suggest a sacerdotal attitude towards the earth and those who walk it.
Parish stir up sweet memories of those subtle moments of perfection found deep in the discographies of heavy metal’s historic luminaries. Their sound reaches into places previously ventured by the likes of Wishbone Ash, Pagan Altar and Budgie, as well as folk revivalists Fairport Convention – a less obvious resource for heaviness, but a fine repository for musical depth.
With any luck, Parish will in time join the aforementioned bands whose records will be played on repeat, locked in the unchangeable heart’s of those unbothered by novelty and changes in musical fashions.
Now our sermon has come to a close, peace be with you, and go forth in glory.
James Paulley – Vocals, Guitars
Tom Hughes – Bass
Joe Bulmer – Drums
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well