Hazard County Girls are a trio from New Orleans who create heavy, doom-laden rock anthems with a melodic edge. Their music features sludge-y deep guitars and a driving drum beat that echoes stoner rock and bands like Black Sabbath. They manage to keep it from being too overwhelming and one-dimensional by blending tunes and gloom to create music as beautiful and powerful as a stormy ocean. Lead singer, Christy Kane, also has a softer, more beguiling voice than you normally get with this type of music and it makes her cryptic but emotional lyrics all the more evocative and beguiling. It's a testament to their musical skills that 3 of them can create such strong music that surrounds you and cocoons you and spirits you away to a strange, dark but oddly safe place. They bring gothic influences in, in a unexpected way with touches of traditional folk/blues rather like Rasputina or Nick Cave (only a lot heavier and more towards traditional guitar rock) --- their cover version of Knoxville Boy (the traditional ballad, Knoxville Girl, slightly rewritten) is a haunting ode and there are many other fine songs on this album. (My personal favourites are Fine Lines and Wise Blood). Divine Armour is the sound of a band of heartbroken female pirates laying waste to a desolate world.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN MAY 2008.