Record label: Napalm Records
Release date: February 28th 2014
After joining Napalm Records, it was time for Conan to release their second full length album. These three men from Liverpool (UK) already impressed people with their previous releases, but on Blood Eagle they show what they’re really worth.
Their raw sound, characterized by the extremely low tuned guitar takes you away into dreams of battle and blood right from the first tune of Crown Of Talons.
The album starts with the really low and slow tunes of ten minute master piece Crown Of Talons, which gives you the chills in a positive way. Down the road, the tempo speeds up a little, with the drums starting to play a bigger part, like in Gravity Chasm, but the sound on the overall album stays extremely low and heavy.
All of this, the long heavy riffs, tight drumming, but also the piercing vocals builds up to the ‘grand finale’; Altar Of Grief, which is yet another master piece.
As low and heavy as this album may be, the tightness of the recording is remarkable, and shows that the guys of Conan really care about making high quality music and that going low doesn’t mean ‘yet another noisy, doomish album’.
What I especially like is that I’ve never been much of a fan of this genre, but I learned to love it. And though I still think that a lot of albums linger on in the same tune for just a little too long, Conan brings exactly enough variety into their sound, to keep the songs alive and interesting. Extremely low guitars, extraordinary heavy but tight drums and piercing vocals; I might actually end up really liking this!
1. Crown of Talons
2. Total Conquest
4. Gravity Chasm
5. Horns for Teeth
6. Altar of Grief