Cardinals Folly – Defying The Righteous Way (2020) (New Full Album)

Cardinals Folly – Defying The Righteous Way (New Full Album) Finnish psychotic heavy Doom Metal cult- originally formed as The Coven back in 2004, laughing at stoner/retro trends as Cardinals Folly since 2007. Defying The Righteous Way is the fifth studio album of Helsinki’s deranged pagan sons, bringing more psychotic doom with punk and black metal influences. After their critically acclaimed last album ‘Deranged Pagan Sons’ the band has now collected seven new songs that bring you Doom Metal with occult and obscure lyrics, performed with Punk’s rawness, Black Metal’s harshness and tasty riffs that harken back to the glory days of Heavy Metal.

The first track, Stars Align Again can trudge and meander with the best of them, but then it gallops into battle via a tempo shift, with nary a drop of sweat shed. And then the wailing vocals mutate into a full-on black metal shriek, before it slows back down again with skilled ease. It’s urgent, direct, catchy and, yes, rather glorious. The album’s sound safely established, Cardinals Folly goes forth to use it time and again to murder the listener. As tracks like Deranging The Priest, Ultra-Violence and Last House On The Left show, the lurch from rage to misery and back again is a winning formula. The despair and bleakness sits well with the shrieking and wrath. It’s melancholy you can punch faces to. And it works, time and again. The album even knows not to outstay its welcome, with a run-time of around t40 minutes. It rocks only too well.

Review by

1. Stars Align Again
2. Deranging The Priest
3. Witchfinders
4. The Great Santur
5. The Living Dead
6. Ultra-Violence
7. Last House On The Left
8. Strange Conflict

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