Is there any better name for a doom metal band than Dread Utopia? Probably not. As impressive as their wit is when it comes to word play, their latest demo Test of Wills is infinitely more captivating. In fact, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that Test of Wills was captivatingly filthy.
The instrumental track didn’t need vocals, the instrumentals carried so much momentum and energy alone, there was little room for lyrical offering. As much as I adore the atypical, sludgy Heavy Metal vocals the guitar-driven riffs spoke volumes as they fluidly went about their thrashing chord progressions around the concordantly rhythmic drum rols.
I have no doubt that Dread Utopia can become the Doom Metal band to shape the current scene considering the band are formed by a raucously elemental collective of Virginia, US based instrumental deities. Head on over to BandCamp where you can stream and download Dread Utopia’s instrumental demo Test of Wills now. Give them a like on Facebook to keep up to date with all of their latest releases and tour dates.
Review by Amelia Vandergast