Much better than Misery Wizard!
For those who don’t know, Pilgrim is (currently) a duo out of Rhode Island who capture the musical relevance of fantasy and doom. Regretting to mention the departure of original bassist Count Eric the Soothsayer, the band now consists of Krolg, Slayer of Men on drums and The Wizard on guitar and vocals. While touring they picked up a friendly drummer from a friendly band to fill in on bass.
Pilgrim’s previous release had very little imagination to it; though the idea was present, it failed miserably in translation. So, when listening to II: Void Worship, we were very pleased to note differently stylized songs, each bringing a different shade of doom to the metal genre.
The “Intro”duction to the album is… ever see “Fantasia”? Think of Mickey Mouse, but dark and bleak, one great down tuned, curiously depressed chord after another. All to lead into “Master’s Chamber,” a place you do not want to be, so music would have it. It seems like the space would utterly destroy your soul.
“The Paladin” wasn’t too fascinating, especially after the turmoil that rocked you inner sanctuary like “Master Chamber,” but it sounded great and sometimes that’s all you need. “The Arcane Sanctum” is another one that tears out of the gate and has a wicked metal sound. In “The Arcane Sanctum” there is almost a “War Horse” quality to conundrum of its melody.
In “The Presence of Evil” is where we find ourselves before the “Dwarven March,” the shortest out of the listing. Both are simply instrumental in the highly fantastic concept of Damnation and Elvin slaves. Between those two songs lays the title track “Void Worship,” a better example of reminiscent musical strategy from the previous record release.
“Away From Here” is a well-choreographed exit from the record as a whole. This has to be High Fidelity, especially after freshly comparing this album to its predecessor. In a short period of time these guys have done so much to produce such a tight, well constructed record.