Dark, brooding doom with thick lashings of stoner riffs, and nods towards psychedelic tendencies, is not something you might not necessarily associate with a young blooded Australian band, however, Horsehunter’s debut record Caged In Flesh is nothing short of an evil, dark, disembowelling masterpiece.
The four tracks on offer here showcase exactly what the band are all about. Opening 16 minute track ‘Stoned To Death’ is a layered stoner-doom epic with driving riffs speeding up the gutting vocals, all topped off with guitar solos driving you towards a drug induced comatose state of doom heaven (or should that be hell?). The band offer a lot more than just simple heavy waves of doom that becomes stale, instead it’s their combination of the different genres that keeps their sound fresh and able to surprise, as the title track showcases, starting with chugging stoner riffs, fading into elongated feedback and deathly gloom, before returning back to their doom ending, all in one song!
Having previously scrapped the album twice over before settling on the sound they wanted, Caged In Flesh has been worth the effort and time they have put into it. Whether it is stoner riffs, psychedelic journeys, or gritty out and out doom you’re after, there is something on this record that will excite you. Horsehunter are a band to keep an eye on.