Heavy metal occultists Castle ripped through Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue along with Philly’s own Lör and Heavy Temple, who were celebrating a record release on this evening.
Castle is continuing to support a latest effort for Prosthetic Records, Under Siege. Exclaim.ca hailed the record stating, “..A wonderfully strange classic heavy metal band. Their music expertly captures the energy of traditional heavy metal with just a hint of the smokiness of doom and spookiness of the occult metal revival — which is to say they favour catchy and compelling riff structures, richly fuzzy tones and well-placed broad strokes in their composition. Conceptually, however, Castle are disarmingly smart..”
Castle originally formed in 2009 and released their debut album In Witch Order on German-based label Ván Records, which awarded them the title of Roadburn Festival‘s “Newcomer of The Year.” Shortly after, they joined Prosthetic‘s North American roster and released their acclaimed, Juno-nominated sophomore effort Blacklands, which saw the band tour worldwide alongside acts such as The Sword, Intronaut, Witch Mountain, Cauldron, Anciients and more.
Ván Records is also handling Heavy Temple‘s latest self-titled EP, offering vinyl and digipak CD versions that The Obelisk described saying, “..it’s an endorsement of no small consequence, Ván having long since proved the mettle of its tastes via picking up cult-minded acts like Year of the Goat and The Devil’s Blood,” continuing, “spacious, psychedelic, heavy and they manage to avoid much of the cult rock cliché while proving both immersive and memorable over the course of Heavy Temple‘s 29-minute span.” Enjoy listening samples below the fold.
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