Rust & Glory by The Dread Crew Of Oddwood

Release date: March 15, 2024
Label: Self-Released

Ahoy mateys! After an aeon lost upon the high seas, The Dread Crew Of Oddwood have finally been spied upon the horizon, their cries seemingly having something to do with Rust & Glory. A motley band using traditional instruments, they tear through jaunty piratical ditties about the joys one would expect from such a lifestyle: drinking too much booze, looting too little treasure, fighting too big monsters. You know, just your standard acoustic pirate metal fair.

It has been half a dozen years since their last odyssey, and it appears the time has been well spent given this is the strongest set of chanties these reprobates have put together yet (honestly, by quite some distance). Not only that, the sound quality and production on Rust & Glory has also taken a huge leap forward, which would appear to be the work of one Anna Murphy – herself not unaccustomed to working with ensembles of old racket-makers. The whole record is much more grandiose, in turn allowing every player to shine, the instrumentation coming through with a genuine heaviness that belies their antique origin.

 

The key here is not to take anything seriously, because the band certainly doesn’t. The title of track 5 alone, ‘Giant Fucking Demon Crab’, should give some indication as to what is in store; ‘Revenge Prawn’ merely confirms it. Eyes may well roll at these linguistic gems, but they are all damn catchy tunes, almost without fail. The humour throughout is surprisingly witty too, and pleasingly largely devoid of the puerile nonsense many of their peers resort to, as shown off in the likes of ‘Lawful Evil’ – it would make a great theme tune for many a Dungeons & Dragons party, even if most would vociferously deny it applied to them.

Rust & Glory is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek nonsense this rather niche genre is perfect for. Never forget that The Dread Crew Of Oddwood are fantastic musicians making truly excellent music, in the same way that they don’t forget that at the end of the day this is meant to be a whole lot of fun for everyone. The two have to go hand-in-hand for the concept to really work: this might just be one of the finest examples to date.

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