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Doctor Cyclops - Oscuropasso (2014) (Full Album)

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Published on Jul 27, 2016

Doctor Cyclops are a three piece heavy rock band from Italy, and this is their second album after the acclaimed 2012 debut Borgontondo. Here, Oscuropasso contains five mostly lengthy tracks of heavy blues rock, stoner, psychedelia, and doom, all of it steeped in the greatness that was the '70s hard rock scene. The band, Christian Draghi (guitar, vocals), Francesco Filippini (bass), and Alessandro Dallera (drums), have obviously studied their Black Sabbath, Cactus, Led Zeppelin, and Pentagram classics well, as tracks like "Cobweb Hands" and "The Monk" just drip with effective, delicious heavy riffing and white hot blues based solos. Vocals are mysterious yet powerful, fitting perfectly alongside the dark, ominous nature of many of these songs. The closing near 16-minute tour-de-force that is "Rotten Trolls" is a must hear for anyone who loves the recent output of bands like Orchid, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, or Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. Chock full of crushing Sabbath styled heavy riffs and pounding rhythms, this epic takes you on a bruising journey you won't soon forget.

Opening track ‘Waterfalls’ channels pure Uncle Acid with some fantastic bluesy soloing and soulful vocals. It possesses the thunderous slow motion heft of classic British doom, and adds some great blues riffs that work well with the overall feel. ‘The Monk’ follows with some surreal lounge-jazz esque blues that eventually segues into some more thick doom riffs. This is one of the finer pieces of proto doom, ticking all the right boxes without falling into self-parody. By focusing on the blues part of the Sabbath sound, it adds groove and melody to riffing power. ‘The Monk’ also possesses the one thing missing in many of the occult doom movement; the transcendent power of rock and roll. It’s catchy, and you find your head nodding in appreciation before long.

‘Angel Saviour In The Cannibal House’ is a rocking doom anthem, and you can see why they picked this track to make a video for. It’s a rollicking good ride, with some great atmospheric keyboards enhancing the occult sound. ‘Cobweb Hands’ is another hard rocking track, and vocalist Christian Draghi is top notch here; conducting his voice with menace and gothic overtones. He comes across as a manic priest from some Hammer Horror movie. He’s a storyteller in the vein of King Diamond, but with less Satan and ball bursting screams. But the album’s highlight is the 16 minute manifestation of nights watching Italian horror movies and listening to Sabbath, ‘Rotten Trolls’. It blends everything the rest of the album has done well; bluesy riffs, occult rock and old fashioned doom, and stretches out to epic proportions. The trick with these epic doom workouts is keep them varied enough to keep the listener engaged, yet not so much that it feels disjointed. Doctor Cyclops succeeds here with aplomb.

Though the whole 'retro hard rock' scene is starting to get a little crowded of late, there's still room for some new players to squeeze in and make a name for themselves. Not content to let the Swedes take all the glory, Doctor Cyclops are here to tell you that the Italians also know a thing or two about heavy hitting '70s styled hard rock. This is a record that takes its cues from early Sabbath or Trouble; ensuring that the melodic guitar lines aren’t too suffocated by fuzzy distortion. Doctor Cyclops are the bastard son of Cathedral and Uncle Acid, and they are just as awesome as that sounds. Recommended.

1. Waterfalls - 0:00
2. The Monk - 6:09
3. Angel Saviour In The C.H. - 16:11
4. Cobweb Hands - 23:02
5. Rotten Trolls - 30:21

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