PARISH are a proto-metal power-trio hailing from London. Despite forming just a few years ago, their sound is as ancient as it comes – as in deep, WAY DEEP, into the ‘70s. Their two-song Famine, War demo in early 2019 was but a foretaste of the archaic splendor to come. At twice as many songs, four-pronged just like its simple-yet-elegant cover art, God’s Right Hand is PARISH hitting a peak enviously early in their career.
To say that the PARISH of God’s Right Hand is indebted to earliest Black Sabbath is both accurate and misleading. While just about any doom-oriented band could be likened to the almighty Sabs, PARISH’s resemblance is a literally spiritual one: their measured ‘n’ melancholic take on heavy ROCK bears an aeons-old fear of God and a pensive, even-pastoral expression of it – cranked to 11. Just witness the stomping opener “Apothecary” and the way PARISH wind the listener from the grimy backstreets all the way out to the barren countryside with mystical closer “By a Bandit’s Knife.” In between, the Sabbathian push ‘n’ pound opens up to include shades of Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, and even Trouble. But the richly analog recording of God’s Right Handabsolutely bleeds ancient-days authenticity, and wholly whisks the listener away from any sense of modernity…
The church bells toll and the mass is to begin…head to PARISH and witness God’s Right Hand!
– MCD with sticker.