One of the best albums of all time. Exquisite masterful guitar riffs, lead melodies, drumming, bass wizardry, and musicianship all around. Amazing vocals.
Favorite track: The Desolate Damned.
When their debut album was released in 2013, the VHOL self-titled effort was a surprise to many who didn’t expect what VHOL would initially sound like considering it was a new band initially brought up as an idea between two ex-Ludicra members who wanted to make music together again, namely John Cobbett of Hammers Of Misfortune and Aesop Dekker of Agalloch. What would then shape into something more expansive with the addition of bassist Sigrid Sheie (also of Hammers Of Misfortune/ex-Amber Asylum) and the addition of YOB mastermind Mike Scheidt to handle the vocals, VHOL would be a new musical group where each member would experience something new with creating music while at the same time re-discovering their old school metal roots.
With their new album “Deeper Than Sky”, VHOL have created something totally next level from their debut on pretty much every level and have taken it even further and more in the outer-realms of sonic exploration within the paradigm of old school speed metal. With each musician pushing themselves even more with “Deeper Than Sky”, especially the vocal performance of Mike Scheidt who is known as one of metal’s best vocalists today and delivers his best vocal performance to date on the new VHOL album.
released October 23, 2015
Recorded and mixed at Light Rail Studios, San Francisco
Engineer: Nick Dimitriu
Producer: John Cobbett
Assistant Engineer: Marshall Craigmyle
Mastering: Justin Weiss at Trakworx
Artwork: Brandon Duncan, John Cobbett
Lyrics: Mike Schedit
Music: John Cobbett