April 13, 2012 by hhbrady
Of course you are. That’s why you’re here, among other devotees of the Ostinato, in whatever form(s) it may take. Today, we have three up and coming perveyors of the Riff: Demon Lung, Prong, and Crystal Viper.
First, Demon Lung. Like Christian Mistress? Like The Devil’s Blood? Like your 70s-ish rock/doom riffs with a talented female singer? Then you’ll dig Demon Lung. If Christian Mistress are 70s rock-ish, The Devil’s Blood are 70s rock/pop-ish, then Demon Lung are 70s metal-ish. I should say no more. I’ve said too much. Anyhoo– dig (their Ep is only $4):
Old-timers Prong return with a surprisingly electric and alive album (though regrettably without original drummer Ted Parsons): Carved Into Stone is surprisingly fucking ROCKING. Doubt me? Dig the riffs in opener “Eternal Heat.” That’s good metal. So is “Ammunition,” now streaming via Noisecreep….
Finally we’ve Poland’s Crystal Viper– don’t let the cheesy name fool you– this is traditional European heavy metal, à la Mercyful Fate or even Iron Maiden, done well and with passion. You can barely even tell the singer is female. If King Diamond or Bruce Dickinson’s vocal histrionics bugged you for being over the top, then Marta’s the singer for you.