With this in mind, the fastest songs predictably end up being the album's best. In addition to "Sea Wolf," "Under A Tattered Banner" and "The Last Of The Giant" match aggressive riffs with catchy as hell choruses. That said, the slower songs have a fair amount to offer as well. "Snow Hammer" is the best of these tracks due to the more ominous instrumentation though "Fire Blade" holds up with strong vocal lines and a more elaborate structure.
Redundant title aside, Render Unto Archarus is a strong debut that offers a few quirks while respectfully adhering to the tenets of stoner doom. While the slower songs could afford to be more powerful, the emphasis on faster tempos and thrashy vocals more than make up for it. It may even serve as a nice alternative to those put off by the drones of Electric Wizard and their ilk. One can wonder how these sounds will be mingled further but this makes for a fun ride.
"Under A Tattered Banner"
"Tower Of The Wizard"
"The Last Of The Giants"