Discovering a new band is one of the best things about metal music. Finding new music that resonates with you is something memorable. I’m sure anyone reading this article can think back to when they first heard their favorite band or a groundbreaking act. They can remember where they were or what they were doing when they first heard them. This just recently happened to me with Seattle’s He Whose Ox Is Gored. Invisible Oranges debuted their album, The Camel, The Lion, The Child, last week. My interests in the band were immediately piqued.
Throughout the duration of last week, I spent some time each day listening to their new album. He Whose Ox Is Gored blend a vast number of genres including, but not limited to, sludge, post-metal and doom into their masterful medley. They also utilize three vocalists in their music in Lisa Mungo (synths), Chris McClelland (guitar), and Mike Sparks (bass). Drummer John O’Connell rounds out the quartet’s lineup. The inspirations from Torche, early Mastodon, ISIS, as well as other Seattle bands like Yob and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth are present but not so much so that it feels like are trying to emulate them.
The Camel, The Lion, The Child will end up in my best of the month section as well as my best of the year. I haven’t found a band as gifted as HWOIG in quite some time that incorporates the styles of some heavily influential bands without sounding like a rehash of them. It was deeply refreshing to discover this band and hear this album.