Since their hatching from underneath the industrial fumes of Dutch harbour city Rotterdam back in 2015, DOOL has undeniably left their gloomy mark on the European dark rock scene. After having risen from the ashes of both ‘The Devil’s Blood’ and ‘Elle Bandita’, this pack of wildlings has gathered and set their collective goal to achieve creative evolution and spiritual ascension through the unity that was since then called ‘DOOL’.
‘DOOL’ being derived from the Dutch word for ‘wandering’, the ﬁve-piece started soul-searching their way through rhythms and melodies that would soon evolve into their debut album ‘Here Now, There Then’. A ﬁrst glimpse of what DOOL was becoming was unveiled by the single ‘Oweynagat’ and its eerie and mysterious accompanying video. The full album was released in 2017 on German Prophecy Productions, who were one of many record labels oﬀering the band a record deal immediately after their infamous Roadburn Festival (NL) 2016 showcase.
International press picked up on ‘Here Now, There Then’ massively, and it soon got praise and love all over;
METAL HAMMER (DE) – Album of the Month / #1 Soundcheck / ‘Best Debut Album 2017’ Award
“Breath taking songs with a very characteristic dark rock sound. An absolute candidate for the ‘Best of The Year’ list. A genre-exceeding, fresh breath in the scene.
ROCK HARD MAGAZINE (DE) – #1 Soundcheck / Album of the Month / #13 ‘Best 100 Albums of the new Millennium’
“Wonderful, highly emotional vocals, void of presumption and vanity. A strong contender for the Newcomer of the Year title.
VICE (USA) (Kim Kelly)
“DOOL usher in a new era with ‘Here Now, There Then’. It exists in the grey area between fantasy and reality. A fairytale on a concrete backdrop. Powerful, warm and melodic.”
~~~~~~~~~ ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE DOOL ~~~~~~~~~
SECRETS OF THE MOON
On their seventh full-length Black House, Secrets Of The Moon offer us a reinvented version of their pristinely sinister rock music. Reunited with founding member Lars Plegge (Daevas), the Germans further explore the path taken on critically acclaimed predecessor Sun (ranked by opinion-forming German magazine Rock Hard among the key albums of the new millennium), serving nothing and no one, only their songs.
While the material on Sun seemed like relentless, emotional outbreaks exploring new worlds, Black House bursts with self-confidence and gets closer to the point with well-composed, catchy tunes of subtle movement, blackened grace and furious elegance. The result is a unique blend of styles one fails to pay full justice to with tags such as „goth rock“ and „post punk“ or references to Alice In Chains, Tiamat’s Wildhoney-era and Fields Of The Nephilim.
The material was recorded in guitarist, engineer and producer Michael Zech’s (Ar) own The Church of Sound studio over the course of almost one year. „While working on it, the studio turned more and more into the Black House,“ says the band, hinting at the intensity of the recordings. „We became obsessed, we became the house.“ During that time, the quartet welcomed guests as Jarboe as well as members from Empyrium, (Dolch), The Ruins Of Beverast, Dark Fortress and Enemy Of The Sun, who contributed to the individual vibes of all songs.
Black House is embedded into a strong and extensive visual concept, comprising both a sophisticated artwork (best displayed in the artbook edition) and video clips of each album track. The visuals pivot on nine artifacts – abstract references to the lyrics and the general feelings of the songs – which serve as a golden thread spun throughout and create a visceral world around, respectively within the Black House. Filmed, directed and designed by infamous French artists Metastazis (Led Zeppelin, Morbid Angel, Ulver) and Dehn Sora (Deathspell Omega, Amen Ra, Blut Aus Nord) within several months of constant work, Black House is a highly ambitious, compelling artistic synthesis.
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