At first glance, it’s hard not to notice the band name. You may be tempted to assume that this is yet another band that takes themselves too seriously, but then you miss the glaringly obvious irony of the band name. The overusage of certain words in band names plagues music, and it’s refreshing to see a band take this approach. As you dig deeper, you will find that the band is actually the brain child and solo project of the legendary Darryl Shepard (Milligram, Roadsaw, etc.) which peaked my interest all the more.
This a drone/ambient doom album and is an interesting change of pace from the standard Small Stone releases. As with all drone music, this is a slow journey and not a mad dash to the finish line. With this in mind, Blackwolfgoat‘s debut album on the mighty becomes a lot easier to digest and more enjoyable.
With the opener, “Risk and Return”, the album starts off on a mellow note. The track begins with a repetative riff, but your patience is rewarded as the song continues on and gradually builds in complexity and tempo. Towards the end of the song, it starts to slowly fade into the next. This is one of those tracks that the beauty of it is evident after you listen to it in its entirety.
Next you have “Death of a Lifer” that starts the album’s journey into drone sound that will define most of the rest of the album while still maintaining the ambiance of “Risk and Return”. Like “Risk and Return”, this track gradually builds elements to create a full atmosphere of sound.
The next two songs, “Tinnitus the Night” and “The Goat” dig deeper into drone doom with “The Goat” reminding me heavily of Sunn O))).
Breaking from the drone sound of the previous 3 tracks, “Aspirin Forever” is essentially a noise track with some percussion that was missing from the album. After a short 2:46, the track then gives way to the final and perhaps my favorite track of the album.
“Hotel Anhedonia” is the final and longest track on the album clocking in at 10:21. This track is more or less what one would expect from Mr. Shepard. The track is a gentle, blues-influenced classic rock track that reminds me of The Eagles. This track makes for the other slice of bread on this very unique sandwich.
If you’re into drone music, open-minded about your music, or you’re looking to dabble into something a bit different, Dragonwizardsleeve would not be a bad place to start. The album is due to be released on October 12, 2010.