been having a hard time weather to label CHILD SAINT "Doom Metal"
or a feeble "Semi-doom". Their music could be taken straight
off some unknown MERCY- or SAINT VITUS-session, but everything else, the
vocals, the guitars and the overall production sound very much like typical
US Metal, very 'Metal Blade Records' if you know what I mean, and that
goes for both the slower "I am future" and the more up-tempo
"Child Saint". Sure, labels suck, but I'm contemplating weather
to recommend it to the Doom-bangers and Gloom-collectors out there. Hm..
Well OK, to the completist fringe, definitely.
The A-side is as said the slowest number, a very gloomy thing with a rather
laid back lead riff quite similar to the old DEATH SS-evergreen "Terror"
or MERCYFUL FATE's "Return of the vampire" as far as mood and
tempo goes. It's a nice Doom cut with some woeful aaahh..'s in
the chorus and some rather profound lyrix about 'the future' in person
toying around with us mortals, but it's their flipside theme song that
is the pick of the pair. Lotsa' nasty evil riffing and plenty of punch
and groove in this more intricate number and lyrically with a more religious
theme (C.S. = White Metal?). For some reason I always imagine Messiah
Marcolin singing this song when I listen to it. Not that Mr. McCormack
sound the least like Messiah, but they have the same sense of bile and
drama. As a whole it's an interesting EP, but you sort of miss at least
one more track to get a better picture of what they were all about. Unfortunately
I've never seen any demos or other recordings in circulation.
...and don't expect to run into this EP too often either. It is rated
as one of the more difficult American private pressings, and can reach
prices at $100 - per song! I've seen it offered more frequently lately,
so perhaps someone found a box of them - or just a handful. Should you
see it, you better make up your mind on the spot.
Listen to this record here.
(provided by the Vibrations
Of Doom webzine)