Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.
A TREE OF SIGNS have been getting some attention around here. Despite being a young band, formed in 2012, its musicians are quite experienced and talented. Plus, in a country where the main focus of the underground is set on death and thrash metal, a doom rock band will stand out. The lack of a guitarist and having a singer whose voice was good enough to make her reach the finals of our version of Idols may also spike your curiosity about this band’s sound.
They also have that 70’s classic heavy metal vibe that cuts a bit of the general deep despair embroidered in doom bands, making it groovier. Although that night they were mourning the passing of a dear friend, Marianne, so the solemn grief was thicker than usual. The show was actually dedicated to her memory.
And then there’s the lyrics, consisting of old alchemical manuscripts – hence their own term “alchemy doom rock” – resulting in a quite interesting formula, who works very well live in cozy places such as Metalpoint. And even though I coughed my lungs out with all the stage smoke, I have to admit it added some mystique and suited the show.
“Whoever thought my first gig in Porto would be with A TREE OF SIGNS?”, said singer Diana, who joined the band this year, replacing the Swedish V-Kaos. The latter was the one who recorded the EP “Salt”, but Diana performed those songs in perfection. A new single, “Saturn”, was also played, along with some other unreleased songs (“Place In Space”, “Phoebus”), in about an hour that ended with “Of The Division Of Chaos”. A must-check if you’re into classy doom full of ‘70s spirit.