Shadow Kingdom Records has set June 11, 2013 as the release date for Strange Conflicts of the Past, a collection of early recordings from Finnish Heavy/Doom Metal band CARDINALS FOLLY.
One of the best Finnish bands performing this style, their early material is all out of print and impossible to get. This is a fine package of all of their early works and arguably their very best material. The tracks 1-3 are from the Heretic´s Hangover EP, which was released in early 2008 as the first release under the name of CARDINALS FOLLY. This release was just a few hundred copies and was sold out pretty fast. They left out the last track of this EP, “Uncharted Seas” because that was already on the debut album. Shadow Kingdom wanted to offer some unreleased stuff instead. Tracks 5-8 are from the Orthodox Faces EP (2009), which was also sold out quickly and received a notable welcoming in the doom circles. Tracks 4,9 and 10 are unreleased tracks from the same era of these two EPs, also recorded in 2008-2009. Track 4 was featured on The Coven´s 2006 demo-EP Beltane, but this version of the song is much better, as it´s recorded in 2008 with the CARDINALS FOLLY line-up.
2. The Right Hand of Doom
3. Rasputin (The Mad Monk)
4. Serpent Nights
5. Opening Ceremony
6. Blood Axis Raider
7. Cardinals Folly
8. They Found Atlantis
9. The Model
10. Transmission From the Mad Arab
“Just in case this band has someone passed under your radar, they are a traditional doom metal band from Helsinki, Finland that used to be called The Coven. In 2009 they released an EP titled ‘Orthodox Faces’ that show huge potential and was easily one of the best new bands to emerge in the doom metal scene in that year. A couple of years on and they have come of the woodwork with a 69 minute full-length album that delivers more than I could have ever hoped for. With a great high quality label behind them in Shadow Kingdom the writing in on the wall, this band should be and deserves to be huge in the doom underground.” -Ed Barnard / Doomantia
It has been an interesting path involving a live album, four EPs and a name change on the way to this Cardinals Folly’s first studio full length. From the spirited, but raw and primitive offerings under their former name The Coven to the greater depth and maturity that their EPs under their current moniker showed, there has definitely been a growth curve present…one strong enough that by the last EP 2009’s Orthodox Faces the doom world was really paying attention. The recipe for success continued with the choice of a good label in Shadow Kingdom and a building of anticipatory tension on a variety of boards until…