Steven Wilson – 4 ½28th December 2015
Grace Disgraced – Enthrallment Traced5th January 2016
Label: Listenable / Release Date: 4th March, 2016
After having extended their name from simply New Keepers to New Keepers of the Water Towers back in 2009, these four hard working Swedes have released two full-length albums. And now, only three months into the new year, they add another release to their repertoire. The newest addition is entitled Infernal Machine and is, as one might expect, a seven track long Doom Metal album, spanning a pretty decent forty-five minutes and thirty seconds, precisely. While I have been told that the moniker ‘Stoner’ fits the bands sound pretty well, I must admit that I am more inclined to label them as a very slow and simple Doom Metal act – All seven songs (except ”Misantropin Kallar”) have a fairly long running time, and every last one of them is heavy, slow, monotonous and heavily distorted. Overall quite simple; New Keepers of the Water Towers deliver exactly what they promise, which is, of course, admirable. However, this also means that, sadly, Infernal Machine is not really my cup of tea – It is an excellent Doom Metal Release, yet I would have liked for them to have taken a more depressive approach to their sound, like their genre colleagues Who Dies in Siberian Sun. Nevertheless, it is hardly fair to punish them because my own personal taste is slightly different. New Keepers of the Water Towers are very talented and a welcome addition to the Doom Metal scene, as Infernal Machine very effectively points out. Sadly, they have yet to release any singles from their newest release, however I have high hopes that this will happen soon.