It’s been a couple years since I last really listened to Huron. Their previous album, “Cheyne Stoking”, was a superb example of intense metal with southern groves and this earned it more than a few plays on my CD player. Fast forward to 2011 and Huron are back with an album titled “Mary Celeste”.
So, what can we expect? Well, if you’ve heard “Cheyne Stoking” then you’ve probably got a good idea of what’s in store here. If not, then imagine a Pantera-esque, groove-laden, riff-heavy extravaganza and you’ll be in the right ball park. A majority of the songs are as catchy as a particularly determined case of the flu and everything about the album just makes me want to drink beer and bang my head. Although, possibly not at the exact same time, as spillages are likely to occur.
As well as the hard and heavy stuff, Huron are able to surprise the listener with lighter interludes – check out “Eternal Sea Part 1″ for an example. This proves, without a doubt, that Huron are more than a one trick pony. And, even if they were, if a trick’s this good, who fuckin’ cares?
The album certainly lives up to its name – it’s intriguing and throughout the tracks you feel like you’re in an especially rough patch of the ocean – with only the aforementioned “Eternal Sea…” to provide a well needed lull. The songs are put together pretty much without fault and the whole structure of the album is spot on. This doesn’t feel like a bunch of songs that were thrown together, instead it feels like something much more complete. It has a sort of flow to it (albeit a slightly lost-at-sea, turbulant flow) that one could expect from a concept album. Is “Mary Celeste” a concept album? I have no idea. I have to admit that I’ve not paid a lot of attention to the lyrics (I know, bad Lou!). But, whatever it is, it works. It works fantastically well.
It may sound cheesy, but “Mary Celeste” is all killer and no filler. It’s a superb triumph for the band.
Listen to some of their stuff below: