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Baleful Creed

     
         
         
         
     
             
Baleful Creed are a heavy rock band from Northern Ireland formed in 2009, heavily influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Danzig. The band released their debut E.P. 'Killing Time' in 2011 with the follow-up E.P. 'Buried Beneath' released in 2012. Halloween night 2012 saw the release of their 3rd E.P. 'III'.    
             
The bands self titled debut album has just been released and is a re-mixed and re-mastered edition of their last two E.P.'s. Opening the album is the anthemic bombastic blast of 'Baleful Creed', a foot stomping blend of catchy riffs and a thunderous rhythm. The dark sinister feel of 'Autumn Leaves' slows the pace down to almost doom metal with the deep gravel voiced vocals complimenting the chugging guitar rhythm. 'Illuminati' is almost brutal in its delivery, full of attitude and angst while 'Crazy Man' opens with an awesome display of musicianship from the axe men and a powerful vocal performance that switches effortlessly from a clean ballad like to the deep gravel voice.    
             
'Misanthrope' is rooted deep in the stoner rock genre with its chunky guitar riffing, deep solid rhythm and mid tempo romp. Towards the end there is a surprising dramatic time change and the song races at full tilt to a frenetic finish. The Black Sabbath influence can be easily heard on 'Double F.S.' and 'Hex' as they both slowly pound their way through riff after riff with very powerful vocal performances. Picking up the pace is the catchy 'Her Promise', nodding its head in a big way to the hard rock genre with a much lighter guitar sound than anything else heard on the album so far.    
             
The six minutes plus epic 'Thorazine' has one of the best vocal performances on the album, a very deep throaty gravel growl. Full of huge chunky guitar riffs and a foot stomping rhythm this is heavy stoner rock at its best. The album comes to a close with the excellent, rampaging romp of 'Suffer In Silence'.    
             
Overall, an impressive debut album full of foot stomping rhythms, deep throaty gravel like vocals and superb guitar work.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
             
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Seismic Shifter      
           
"heavy rock fused with Stoner, blues, groove and grunge style influences, Baleful Creed have delivered an infectious and swaggering album" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             
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