Sunday, December 13, 2015
Cloven Hoof - 'Cloven Hoof' from Cloven Hoof (1984)
I've been spending a lot of time in 1984 UK Metal and in British Metal in general, and one of my most favorite albums of the somewhat later waves of NWOBHM is Cloven Hoof's 1984 'Cloven Hoof' as it is heavy, it is metal, the four members of the band are named after the Four Elements and their theme song is ACTUALLY A RITUAL FOR SUMMONING SATAN!!!! Later Cloven Hoof would lose the strong occult/ritual aura and this album's lead singer 'Water' (David Potter, who evinces truly awesome dark wizardry here!) in favor of a more sci-fantasy Power Metal direction which is fine but not as much my jam. This, stuff, though, rules all the buttons. CROSS UPTURNED! ALTAR DESECRATED!!!!