A horrible hack


Dream Quest Ends

Year Released: 2020
Format: Download
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Oct 3, 2020
Featuring as it does two newies, a Manilla Road cover and three demo cuts this EP from Smoulder is a bit like scavenged armour – it hangs together in an odd sort of way but ultimately does the trick. The band's mix of vintage doom and triumphant, sword-swinging epic metal is in full and glorious effect, earning its Michael Whelan artwork with a rousing mix of crashing riffs, banner-waving melodies and soaring, battle-ready vocals. It might not entirely sate those of us wanting a full follow-up to last year's excellent 'Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring' LP, but it at least serves as a surprise mouthful of mead at the bottom of a drinking horn you thought had long been supped dry. Hail!

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