New York psychedelic doom metal trio Reverend Mother presents their debut full-length album »Damned Blessing«, out now via Seeing Red Records
Brooklyn, New York based psychedelic doom metal trio Reverend Mother presents their debut full-length album, »Damned Blessing«, which was just released on October 7th, 2022 via Seeing Red Records.
Jackie Green about the record: “I wrote the album as instinctual necessity. It lived fully formed in the recesses of my consciousness, waiting to be freed. I felt the urge to say something new. I saw the visceral experience of writing an album as an opportunity to shed a layer of emotional skin. The songs question self-destructive behavior, beg the listener to look inward, and ultimately seek to remind us that the darkest times often yield immense light. »Damned Blessing« is a calling to a higher vibration.”
01. How To Serve Man
02. Funeral March
04. Reverend Mother
05. Road To Lose
08. The Masochist Tie
09. Toxic (Britney Spears cover)
On »Damned Blessing«, the debut album from Reverend Mother, the Brooklyn power trio burrows deep into big questions of human experience, relationships, death, and rebirth.
Front woman, Jackie Green, wrote the album almost as an instinctual necessity as though it lived fully formed in the recesses of her consciousness waiting to be freed. A classical violinist since age 4 and a life-long music addict, Green taught herself to play guitar in 2016 and called on the spirits of the greats both living and dead to guide her.. i.e. Black Sabbath, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Mötorhead, and countless others. Unable to divorce her classical background from the psych, metal, punk, and funk bands she loved, she instead melded these elements to create a sound resting somewhere between Queens Of The Stone Age and Corrosion Of Conformity. The result was such a profound amalgamation of Green’s personality and tastes that she chose to sing in order to take full ownership of her lyrics / stories.
Photo by Alec Castillo
As the band began to play shows throughout Brooklyn, Green felt the urge to say something new. She saw the visceral experience of writing an album as an opportunity to shed a layer of emotional skin. The songs she wrote question self-destructive behavior, force the listener to look inward, and ultimately remind us that with the darkest times often comes blinding light. One EP and a few line-up changes later, »Damned Blessing« came to life.
Built on hypnotizing riffs, »Damned Blessing« elicits one’s soul to scream out while slaying self-doubt, calling listeners to a higher vibration. Haunting melodies strung along kaleidoscopic wavelengths release long-held demons, while pounding chords march along to the beating of your heart. And some of the songs just plain slap. »Damned Blessing« will leave no one unchanged.
“The verve of the record’s first single »Locomotive« is undeniable. Effecting a »Hole In The Sky« swagger, the song grabs you from the get-go, with feelings of ire, dread, loss, and longing swirling together as the story unfolds.” – Doomed & Stoned
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Radio announcement on »How To Serve Man« by Sean P. Glennon
Violin on »L.V.B.« by Jackie Green
Cello on »L.V.B.« by High Priestess Nighthawk
Harmonica on »Road To Lose« by Patton Magee
Percussion on »Road To Lose« by Davis M. Shubs
Lead guitar on »Toxic« by Steve Capitanio
Backing vocals on »Toxic« by High Priestess Nighthawk
All songs written by Jackie Green (except »Toxic« written by Catherine Roseanne Dennis, Henrick Nils Jonback, Christian Lars Karlsson and Pontus Johan Winnberg).
Produced by Davis M. Shubs.
Engineered by Josh Pannepacker.
Mixed & mastered by Matt Qualls.
Cover artwork by Greg Stanger.
All photos by Noelle Duquette.
Photo of Jackie & Davis by Alec Castillo.
Layout by Nestor Carrera.
Reverend Mother is:
Jackie Green – Guitar/Vocals
Gabe Katz – Drums
Matt Cincotta – Bass
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