Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons (Review)

Cardinals FollyCardinals Folly are a Finnish doom metal band and this is their fourth album.

I have a certain fondness for Cardinals Folly’s second album Our Cult Continues!. This was basically an hour of fuzzy traditional doom metal which had plenty of character and personality.

Deranged Pagan Sons can essentially be described in a similar way, and is another great example of how enjoyable this style continues to be when in the right hands. The band obviously love what they do, and this comes across in the strength of the songs.

With a variety of good riffs and a predilection for solos that just eat up the playing time and demand attention, this is music driven by the guitars in many ways. Not that the rest of the music should be ignored, of course, but everything else supports the fuzzy, distorted guitars.

This is even true of the vocals to an extent, although these also sit separately, doing their own thing. Like the music, the singer’s voice is full of character and charisma, even more so, really. Reminding me of bands like Reverend Bizarre and Cathedral in the sense that the vocalist really puts the full force of his personality into his delivery, here’s a singer that is definitely larger than life when it comes to his performance.

It’s hard not to enjoy an album like this. Well-written and deliciously delivered, Cardinals Folly have a produced an infectious and catchy collection of songs.

HIghly recommended.

3 thoughts on “Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons (Review)”

  1. Thank you for introducing me to this band. They play within the context of doom but they still have their own sound.

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