Count Raven - Mammons War 2-LP (Orange vinyl)
Recorded and mixed at Studio Precision November-December 2008. Mastered at Endarker Studio April 2021
Limited orange double LP with poster and the bonus track "Wolfmoon" in gatefold cover. 250 copies
Count Raven is a traditional doom metal band of the 90s that released as many as four solid albums within a span of six years, after which they disbanded. A person whose doom metal starts with Sabbath and ends with Candlemass might not have heard of them, but amonngst the ones who routinely worship Pentagram and dance to the tunes of Cirith Ungol, they’re a legend. But that doesn’t matter, because this is a band anyone with any metal in him will instantly fall in love with. Vocalist-guitarist Dan Fondelius’s riffs are very similar to our power chord god Iommi in terms of catchiness and heaviness. His vocals are a more digestible and less repulsive version of Ozzy’s. On that basis, dare i say, he is Iommi and Ozzy rolled into one. Also worthy of immence praise, is his judgement of pace and sense of composition. He decides to start with a fast rocker called “The Poltergeist”, attacking you with full force, and following it up with three mid-paced doom classics. No album i tell you, will give you the feeling you got when you first heard Sabbath, this comes closer than anyone else.