Ephel Duath – Pain Necessary to Know (Earache – 2005)
The word jazz seems to be thrown around a lot in heavy music. Whether it’s as influence or just because saxophone is the flavour of the month. But this band came along with the scales totally skewed. More jazz than metal, Ephel Duath carved a niche no one ever managed to fill. This album compliments an ominous mood I get far too often, but has the right amount of musical mischievousness to not get bogged down in it. ‘Pleonasm’ is my go to song for first time listeners, such sick grooves.
For Fans Of: Having friends over for a jazz night, but substituting the cheese and wine for LSD and absinthe.