Sound of Origin
The All Seeing Eye
Out Now on APF Records
Huddersfield stoner quartet Sound of Origin’s path has now led to them to unveil new album – The All Seeing Eye recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding of Conan at legendary Foel Studio in Wales, and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn O))), ISIS, Pelican and Earth
Back in April of last year, I knew I had witnessed something special: The first time seeing Sound of Origin with then-new vocalist Joel Bulsara and since then for me, the anticipation has been high which only intensified when it was announced the band had signed to APF Records
The album starts off with an instrumental offering in the form of “Not Dead Yet” before launching into tittle track “The All Seeing Eye” which has a solid groove throughout. There is an Alice In Chains cover album coming out soon and based on the sound and feel of this track they missed a trick not asking the band to collaborate on it.
“Lockjaw” is the first track to have an accompanying video (see below) it’s easily one of the heaviest tracks of the album, the tempo then switches for the start of “Dim Carcosa” with guitars and slow galloping drums entwining to create the foundation for what would later turn into a plethora of riffs and solos with some fantastic bass work to finish off
“Morning Bird” starts off with a blues vibe and even though the injection of heaviness circulates it still maintains the blues sound – For me, this is hands down the highlight track of the album
Continuing on with the previous style ” Stoned Messiah Blues” compliments the previous track wonderfully so when the Chugging riffs of “Voices Left Behind” rings out it’s difficult not to get goosebumps.
Penultimate track “Into the Vile” was the first taster of the album which appeared on the compilation Doomed & Stoned in England
Finally, even though there have been some 7+ minute tracks “Tempest Dunes” is the perfect send-off for the album as at over 9 minutes which, to be honest really doesn’t feel like it when listening to it as it encapsulates everything from previous tracks and more and if ever there was ever a track that best fits the band right now this would be it.
This is definitely one for the collection and here’s hoping that with the current rise of the cassette format that The All Seeing eye gets that treatment.
Out of all the anticipated albums this year so far this is one that has exceeded everything I expected and more.
5 out 5 skulls