CASTLE – Under Siege
The third studio album from San Francisco’s Castle, "Under Siege" is another affair that straddles the lines of heavy metal and doom. A power trio lineup featuring the sultry, mystical voice of bassist Elizabeth Blackwell, the thick old school guitar chug of Mat Davis, as well as the steady backbeat and appropriate fill work from drummer Al McCartney – songs such as the bottom end swinging "Be My Ghost", the Sabbath edged evil guitar bends and Ozzy-like melodies for "Pyramid Lake", and depression monster "Temple of the Lost" seethe with electricity, the way great heavy metal should.
Castle keeps their eyes on the musical prize- "Under Siege" is impressive once again, propulsive and tidy, sure to appease their growing legion of fans. Those who love the work of Grand Magus, The Gates of Slumber, and others in that heavy metal meets doom ilk will need to slot Castle into their record collection for certain.