The Black Powder By Kimi Kärki
As the final nails were hammered to the coffin of Reverend Bizarre (1995–2007, R.I.P.), guitar player Peter Vicar – nowadays going with his real name Kimi Kärki (also Orne, Uhrijuhla, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, and singer-songwriter albums) – started to follow his vision of a new Doom Metal band. He felt forced to fulfil his need to compose and play this most arcane form of metal, full of intensity, cruelty, heaviness, and force. Still firmly walking in the footsteps of Saint Vitus, Trouble, Witchfinder General, Pentagram and The Obsessed, Lord Vicar brings together a veteran international lineup, also featuring vocalist Chritus Linderson (Python, ex-Saint Vitus, ex-Count Raven, ex Terra Firma, ex Goatess), bass player Rich Jones (The Consultancy) and drummer Gareth Millsted (The Path is Clear, ex Centurions Ghost, ex End of Level Boss). Lord Vicar finally feels like the natural force this band was always meant to be, bound by friendship and musical chemistry.
As you can read from the bio above, we all have experience from other bands before Lord Vicar. We are veterans, with different paths leading to this shared heavy adventure. Most of us started in the 1990s, Chritus already in the 1980s. The Black Powder is our fourth album. It was, like the previous album Gates of Flesh, recorded by audio wizard Joona Lukala at Noise for Fiction studio in Turku, Finland. All studio work took place in February and March of 2019. The studio has the benefit of a huge live room which gave the band the opportunity to capture a sound that breathes with the ambience of the space but maintains the sonic weight for which they are rightly known. This album is a return to longer form, and even more progressive song structures, but the punchier material is also provided with merciless precision, as well as soothing acoustic moments. The songwriting duties are shared by me and Gareth, also Chritus providing lyrical output.
Doom metal is like blues, the root Sabbathian form of metal. Even when there are certain ideas about what makes music doom, it is a loose framework that enables our adventures in the realms of progressive, acoustic, and psychedelic music. We have a lot of dynamics in our hard-rocking, and that keeps things interesting for us as well… We write about this world, its nocturnal side, and also the darkness within ourselves. These are universal themes.