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No Help for the Mighty Ones

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Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes
Beneath the Crown
The Inheritance
Attack on Golden Mountain
House Carpenter
Dark Country
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 58:59

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Phil Freeman


Phil Freeman is the former editor-in-chief of Metal Edge magazine and a frequent contributor to the Village Voice, Alternative Press, The Wire, Jazziz and numer...more »

Subrosa, No Help for the Mighty Ones
2011 | Label: Profound Lore / Revolver

This doomy, female-led Salt Lake City art-metal outfit made one of the most unique and powerful albums of 2011. Featuring violin as the lead instrument, with guitar secondary and a thundering, Sabbath-unto-Swans (male) rhythm section, it had the feeling of occult incantation mixed with carefully crafted pagan folk music (especially on their cover of the traditional English folk song “House Carpenter,” delivered a cappella). As thunderingly loud as it is sensitive and emotionally resonant, this… read more »

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Please research band names when naming your band.


There was already a band called Subrosa that formed out of the remnants of For Squirrels. They were on Sony and released an album called "Never Bet the Devil Your Head". Does anybody do a simple Google search before deciding on their band name anymore?

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Loud, hard, and heavy. Best of '11 thus far. You need it.

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Best metal, 2011 comes early


No, not hyperbole. And no, you can't box this into a genre corner, which is just one flavor of the awesome on sale here at modest eMusic prices. Silliness aside, this really is a crazy great collision of a heavier trible version of Kyuss, the dark side of Dixie Chicks/a less dissonant Mediaeval Baebe, Electric Wizard without Hammer shit, and all of with some deeply, I dunno, spiritual heft that somehow keeps it closer to Earth. Oh, for f_ck's sake, just download any of it; it's all good.

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This Salt Lake City-based, female-led doom metal band features two violinists as co-lead instrumentalists alongside the usual guitar, bass, and drums, as well as multiple vocalists. The effect is hypnotic and incantatory, and much more interesting than the usual howls and growls of male-fronted, violin-deficient doom bands. Because three-fifths of their membership is female, SubRosa have a unique energy, reminiscent of Bay Area post-black metallers Ludicra but even more psychedelic and haunted. The tribal throb of songs like “Beneath the Crown” and the nearly 12-minute “Stonecarver” (which builds to an almost thrashy peak before downshifting to a crushingly heavy riff in its final third) doesn’t inspire headbanging so much as head-nodding, but it’s never boring; it’s captivating rather than cathartic. There’s an occult, retro vibe to their music despite the lack of overt early-’70s signifiers like those found in the work of groups like the Devil’s Blood, Blood Ceremony, and Electric Wizard. “The Inheritance” feels like a song that should be howled at the moon, not played in a rock club. No Help for the Mighty Ones is a major statement of artistic purpose; while the album is absolutely not aimed at the metal mainstream, it offers powerful evidence that the genre’s vitality can’t be questioned. – Phil Freeman

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