On the surface you could probably call The House of Capricorn an occult doom band and you wouldn’t be wrong, but there is a lot more going on. There are elements of Goth, Sludge, and even Black Metal hiding in their layered sound. Hailing from New Zealand this is the groups third full length album and first with Svart Records.
I am a huge fan of occult rock bands like Jess and the Ancient Ones, and The Devils Blood, and while The House of Capricorn shares an aesthetic with those band they come across as much heavier. The droning guitars and layered harmony vocals create a very dark and doomy atmosphere. The songs on “Morning Star Rise” move from slow plodding heaviness on tracks like “Ashlands” to faster but equally as heavy songs like “Watching Angels Fall”.
The production on “Morning Star Rise” seems to aid the dark atmosphere created on this album. On some tracks the guitars are muddy and the vocals come off as a little buried, this is more of a stylistic choice rather than a production problem and shouldn't interfere with your enjoyment of the album.
The House of Capricorn has created a dam fine mix of occult laden doom metal on “Morning Star”. This record offers an interesting mix of styles and combines them into a wonderfully dark musical tapestry.