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Castle - Under Siege - Album Review

Album cover for Under Siege, the third album for Castle
Album cover for Under Siege, the third album for Castle
Castle, Prosthetic records

Under Siege album by Castle

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It’s been incredibly hot and sunny week in San Francisco so it has been a bit hard for me to sink my teeth in the dark material from Castle. “Under Siege” is the third album for San Francisco based band and a definite step forward musically and lyrically. Once I finally got to listening to the album I find it very hard to stop. The album is on the shorter side, just over 30 minutes, and it’s full of great songs, no fillers at all. This makes the album a great listen and there’s no hesitation for me to set it on repeat and just enjoy.

Castle continues on the same direction as with the previous albums but does it all a bit better. Mat’s riffs and solos are killer, Liz’s voice hauntingly beautiful and the production sounds near flawless. You can hear the lineage of great 70s heavy metal bands in the music but the mix with doom and even death metal influences make the mix sound unique and fresh. Similarly like the album doesn’t have filler songs, the songs don’t have filler parts. It’s all business. Straight to the point. It’s nearly impossible for me to select a favorite track on this album but ‘Pyramid Lake’ stands out for me because of the changes in pace and atmosphere within the song and ‘Evil Ways’ for it’s crushing riffs and because we can hear Mat(?) sing(?) backgrounds.

Castle always puts up incredibly energetic live shows and I can’t wait to see them on stage with the new material. They just finished European tour and are starting another tour right here in the US. You can catch them on these dates:

5/15 The Complex Los Angeles CA
5/16 Tower Bar San Diego CA
5/17 JJ's Showroom Las Vegas NV
5/18 51 West Venue Tempe AZ
5/19 Burt's Tiki Lounge Albuquerque NM
5/20 Three Links Dallas TX
5/21 Beerland Austin TX
5/22 Mangos Houston TX
5/25 Backbooth Orlando FL
5/26 Talent Farm Pembrook Pines FL
5/27 Atticus Bar Jacksonville FL
5/28 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta GA
5/29 The Maywood Raleigh NC
5/30 The Metro Gallery Baltimore MD
5/31 The Acheron Brooklyn NY
6/1 Great Scott Boston MA
6/2 Nectars Burlington VT
6/3 Now Thats Class Cleveland OH
6/4 Cobra Lounge Chicago IL
6/5 Fubar St Louis MO
6/6 Jackpot Lawrence KS
6/8 Lo Fi Cafe Salt Lake City UT
6/9 The Colony Sacramento CA
6/10 The Knockout San Francisco CA

For more information about Castle:

http://www.heavycastle.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CastleSF

http://prostheticrecords.com/?p=4135