JANUARY 29th, 2014
THE LION'S DAUGHTER: A BLACK SEA
Review By: Metal Mom

THE LION’S DAUGHTER was born out of a hatred for the deceitful and everyday metal mainstream scene had become. The band takes inspiration from black metal and doom, but lives by no limitations and therefore is driven to please no audience but themselves. The band’s most recent work, A Black Sea is a prime example of their play-to-please-no-one philosophy.  Previous releases include two self-released EPs, a 12” split with Fister (Hands up Records, 2011), full length Shame On Us All (Pissfork, 2012), which Cvlt Nation described as a, “hard-hitting blast of bruising riffs that will surely leave you drained from start to finish.”

The trio was created in 2007 by guitarist/vocalist Rick Giordano and drummer Erik Ramsier, and named their new project after a romance novel they saw at the airport. Scott Fogelbach of Love Lost But Not Forgotten soon joined. The band won the RFT Reader’s Poll “Best Metal Band” (in St. Louis) award in 2011 and again in 2013.
The Lion’s Daughter Members -
Rick Giordano - Vocals, Guitars
Erik Ramsier - Drums
Scott Fogelbach - Bass, Vocals

This CD is an effort between two St. Louis bands, one being a doom metal, THE LION’S DAUGHTER, and the funereal folk ensemble Indian Blanket. In the beginning the idea was to create just one song together. However with such creativity, chemistry and support from well known Jim Beam, along with some earthbound psychedelics, what started as one collaboration exploded into a full repertoire, expanding far beyond comfort zones.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Gabe Usery (Fister) at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis, A Black Sea features seven ominous, blues-based, doom metal melodies that will dim your vision as they cradle your soul.

Track Listing:
1. Wolves
2. Gods Much More Terrible
3. Swann
4. A Song For The Devil
5. Timeless Waters
6. Sea Of Trees
7. That Place
This LP is a two-hundred-fifty pressing with fifty limited edition, all white pressings available and includes a digital download of the album with a bonus track, “Moonshiner.

Indian Blanket Members -
Joe Andert - Vocals, Guitars, Banjo
Gina Eygenhuysen - Violin, Strings
Jim Hughes - Percussion, Mandolin
Alex Beaven - Guitars, Effects
Mike Brown - Bass, Bells

Well truth be told, I haven’t heard of this band, ever, not even on any websites that I check out. But always open to listen and give the band a chance. I am glad that I did. They are definitely a heavy, grim sound you won’t soon forget. It almost sounds like they themselves want to destroy the world with their music. More or less a combination of metal and folk, not something you would expect. Some of you might be thinking “folk”, don’t let that throw you, give it a listen, not just once, as like a lot of albums and many great bands out there, sometimes it takes more than one listen to really get what the band has created. So do yourself a favour. Give it a listen. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, I was.