The House of Capricorn is a stoner metal band from New Zealand and one that I can really get behind. While a lot of stoner metal bands are one trick ponies, The House of Capricorn surely is not. Their latest release, In the Devil’s Days, shows that they have the ability to become one of the dominent bands in this subgenre of metal and that they have avoided the sophmore jinx that seems to be a trap that a lot of bands fall into.
The album begins with All Hail to the Netherworld, which is a solid song with a chorus that is just catchy as hell. There is a nice breakdown in the middle of this track too. While All Hail to the Netherworld is a pretty upbeat track, the second track, Les Innocents, is anything but upbeat. This is a dark, brooding track that is just slow and deliberate with its riffs and vocals for over ten minutes. For my tastes, that track is too one-dimensional to be so long, but that is just me.
The third track, Coffins and Cloven Hooves, comes right back at you with the picked up pace. This is another intense song with a great groove to it and a fun breakdown. The next track, Arcane Delve, is a somewhat catchy song, but a bit on the annoying side at the same time. It does have a nice groove though. The remainder of the album follows the same patterns with solid songwriting.
Overall, I am not sure how often I will listen to In the Devil’s Days, but when I do, I know that I will have a good time with it.
New Zealand-based cult rockers THE HOUSE OF CAPRICORN are readying to unleash their sophomore full-length, In The Devil’s Days. The follow-up to 2010’s Sign Of The Cloven Hoof offers up ten tracks of apocalyptic devil rock. Delving deeper into the dark territories touched upon within …Cloven Hoof, with a greater lean towards graveyard doom, In The Devil’s Days is themed around a spiritual pilgrimage into Hell to meet the Lord of Flies, to understand and outline the infernal mechanism, and to witness the revelations that come with His rebirth in the great Morning Star. All of this is enshrouded in a thin veil of the pessimistic, dark cynicism and black humor that underpins antipodean culture.
THE HOUSE OF CAPRICORN manifested in the early 2000s in the swamps below One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand. 2005 saw the release of the first demo (The Rivers And The Rain/Old Redhook), and in subsequent years an EP (The Rivers And The Rain – 2006) and samplers (Solis Hail Summer Sampler – 2007, Sign Of The Cloven Hoof – 2009), intermingled with frequent shows and national tours and having a strong hand in assembling and spearheading the New Zealand stoner/doom rock community. In 2010, the band’s debut album Sign Of The Cloven Hoof was released — the culmination of the bands history — to positive response both locally and internationally Sign Of The Cloven Hoof was album which drew heavily on stoner rock and doom, as well as an occult, antiquated aesthetic.