The band’s first record for their new label home, Grotesque Offerings is both a consolidation and intensification of DRUID LORD’s ever-considerable strengths. Eerie and utterly crushing doom/DEATH metal, DRUID LORD soak their molten creations in obscure, horror-inspired lyrics from beyond the grave. Across the 50 mysterious minutes comprising Grotesque Offerings, they evoke the haunts of old from where shadows conjure spells of gloom. DRUID LORD are grounded in the darkest and most underground death metal, of course, but take considerable influence from old horror films, particularly the atmosphere cloaking the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. It’s a deceptively simple formula, but one that’s done with masterful subtlety and a graven sense of purpose: simply, they LIVE IT, breathing deeply the true, timeless essence of supernatural horror. And that stark simplicity – the leads that linger like fog, the gutted low-end, the stunning sense of dread-inducing melody – is absolutely bewitching within these Grotesque Offerings.
Hells Headbangers (USA), 2018.