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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:47 am

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Hey, Shawn, just read your review of OCEAN - Pantheon of the Lesser on dm.com - excellent review!! They are one of my favorites, and it's nice to see them getting heaped with accolades (including yours, which was very well written Smile )... helps me to know I'm not biased just because they're from my town...

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:50 am

ELDER - Elder
http://teethofthedivine.com/site/reviews/elder-elder/

OCEAN - Pantheon Of The Lesser
http://www.doom-metal.com/reviews.php?r=999

MILLS OF GOD - Call Of The Eastern Moon
http://www.doom-metal.com/reviews.php?r=998

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE - Sincerest Misery
http://www.doom-metal.com/reviews.php?r=981
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:30 pm

Hey this is waaay cool - I'm gonna hafta check out some of these bands!!

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:59 am

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BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage (1975)

***** (5 out of 5 stars)


This album is nothing short of a heavy metal masterpiece, in my humble opinion. Sabbath really redefined their sound and peaked with both this and their previous release, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. One can hear layered guitars galore and a production that gives the entire album an "otherworldly" sound (and transports the listener entirely somewhere else indeed!)

The album comes out swinging with "Hole in the Sky" which showcases all four members at the top of their craft. A classic riff by Tony along with a wonderfully dissonant double-tracked harmony guitar lead, a soaring and melodic vocal line by Ozzy, an incredibly fluid and contrasting bass line coupled with finely crafted lyrical imagery by Geezer, and thundering drumming by Bill Ward all combine to make an incredible whole that is DEFINITELY more than the sum of its parts (and this is only the FIRST TRACK!) A short, classically inspired and dissonant acoustic guitar piece by Tony follows and segues into the classic and bone crunching "Symptom of the Universe" which includes a beautiful acoustic layered and melodic outro that is just as lovely as anything the classic prog-rock bands ever did (i.e. ELP, Yes, Tull, etc). This hard/soft formula works so well for Sabbath on this album that they continue to employ it with several of the upcoming tracks. "Megalomania" takes it and reverses the order, starting out with an ambient arrangement that can only be described as "haunting". Midway through the song, the tempo changes and Sabbath pounds it home like only they can with possibly the most classic and ne'er heard riff of their career and definitely some of the most sinister vocals ever heard on tape before or since.

(Here comes side two, for all of you who first discovered this gem on VINYL.)

Just when you think it can't possibly get any better, "The Thrill of it All" comes in with an incredible start/stop riff that leaves you drooling on your fretboard! The "hard/soft" formula is again employed and the outro section is every bit as exquisite as the ones that preceded it, if not more so. Next, the Sabs take it up another notch with the awesome "Supertzar", which is an instrumental piece that uses a full choir to sing the phonetic and inspiring vocal lines. GEEZ! If only to give us a break, the next track, "Am I Going Insane (Radio)", is the "single" on the album (if there really ever was such a thing on a Sab release). Lesser in total track time, but no less weird, the protagonist of the song continually asks the listener about the state of his mental health over rhythm tracks that race probably as fast as the poor man's thoughts and sound equally dissonant as his cognitive processes. At the end, one can hear bizarre screams of agony over careless laughter which only slightly prepares you for the magnum opus which is to come. "The Writ" starts out innocuously enough with a fluid bass line that only slightly hints at the massive wall of sound to follow. Lyrically, the piece seems to lash out at the horrible management situation the Sabs had just crawled out from under. Sonically, the song is no less poignant. As if stating that the previous efforts did not quite meet their own great expectations, they go again into a melodic outro that seals this masterpiece in the annals of heaviness.

As if at this point the quivering puddle of what was once the listener on the floor really cares...

Randy Michaud - 7/29/02

This has always been my favorite Sabbath album, they were at their peak at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:55 pm



Its been some four years since this album but the wait has been worth it as "Ichabod" has come up with a album that could be regarded as a classic in years to come. I will be honest and say I haven't listened to the band for a long time so this album came as a big surprise to me because the band has really shifted gears with this release recorded at "Mad Oak Studios" by "Devin Charlette". The band still the Stoner/Psyche grooves but they also have added a lot more Progressive Rock to their sound creating something that is far more complex than what I was expecting. The opener "Sleeping Giants" starts things rolling with a Psychedelic trip of a song complete with samples from war movies and a voice over part which sets up the concept of the album. I wouldn't describe the album as being a "concept album" but there is a common theme that seems to predict the end of the world. Its a bit apocalyptic in parts and most of it shines with un-relenting intensity especially in songs like the title track which seems to be the most worked on song on the CD but its interesting the track that follows it "2012 Outro" is longer than the "2012" track itself. "2012 Outro" is a long collage of drones, chanting and other atmospheric noises and while its a intriguing listening experience, its also the hardest track to sit through. "Giving Up The Ghost" is one of the strongest tracks here and one of the more straight-forward songs on the album, the riff is pure Sabbath but done in such a way that I doubt if many people will hear or care about the connection. One of the standout features of the album is "Greg Dellaria on the bass guitar adding so much needed thickness to the sound. His bass lines are always moving and combine that with "Dave Iverson" on guitar it makes a warm, rich sound that compliments the song structures perfectly. The vocals of "Ken Mackay" also have real texture and warmth and sometimes sounds a little like the great vocal sound of "Alice In Chains" Layne Staley. He also the some great range to his voice and that is highlighted in their version of Pink Floyd's "The Nile Song" which is simply breathtaking. The overall sound is one of intense heaviness but sometimes the production doesn't quite cut it like in "Gentlemen of the Choir" which features some flute playing but unfortunately it gets a little buried under the wall of sound. This is only a minor hiccup however as everything else is almost perfection except for the "2012 Outro" which may be a little long for some people. This is a album that will be a welcome surprise to a lot of people and will create a lot of new fans for the band,this is a stimulating piece of work that is heavy, somewhat complex in parts but also extremely listenable. One of the must have albums of the year. 9/10

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:56 pm



Another re-issue from Cathedral which I bought for the DVD which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment but more about that later. This one is the second album "The Ethereal Mirror" which is comes with a extra 35 minutes of music in the form of the "Statik Majik EP" and a bonus DVD. No need to go into song descriptions, most people will already know this album backwards. It was a real change for the band after the Doom-Fest which was their first album "Forest of Equilibrium". While their is still plenty of Doomy passages, the sound of the band changed dramatically. The vocal work of Lee Dorrian dropped the growling, moaning style and the guitar sound was pushed higher in the mix. While it was less Doomy, they became more polished, precise and focused. Since its release in 1993 it has become wildly recognized as one of the best albums from the band along with the first album and "The Garden Of Uneartly Delights" but that really comes down to personal preference. I rate "Endtyme" as being just as good as those albums with "Carnival Bizarre" coming in right behind them in terms of solid, no filler product. The EP "Statik Majik" is also one of their best ever recordings and you get that as a bonus here but its strangely missing the track "Midnight Mountain".If you already have all these recordings, the only real incentive to buy this re-issue is the DVD here named "Ethereal Reflections". Is it worth it you asked, well not really as it is pretty boring even for a dedicated Cathedral fan like myself. The motionless camera work doesn't help and if you have seen the DVD that came with the "Forest Of Equilibrium" then this just more of the same except talking about a different album this time. There is some questions fielded by cover artist Dave Patchett but that is the only real interesting moment on the DVD. The DVD is also dead basic, you can't even skip bits as it only has a "play all" function on the menu. The other negative thing about this re-issue is the way it is packaged. The "Statik Majik" EP is simply glued to the back of the CD case, I didn't even attempt to removed it as I didn't want to tear the CD sleeve. Why they choose to do this is just a mystery and it gives the package a cheap look about it. These type of re-issues are really only of interest to new fans or people wanting to check the band out for the first time. If you are one of these people, then this is great value as you get over 2 hours of CD/DVD for a bargain price. The album itself is of course essential and I will listen to it forever, for me its a timeless piece of work but the packaging and the less than entertaining DVD documentary spoils what could have been something really unique. If you still never bothered to seek this album out, then this re-issue would be the way to go. 9.5/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:57 pm





I got both these albums from "Abstract Spirit" the same day so rather than split the reviews up i thought it would put both of them in the one review because they are both great doses of Funeral Doom. The band is from Russia and while the country is not really force in the Metal scene, the Doom bands from there all seem to be real good. "Abstract Spirit" have been together since 2006 and are on the "Solitude Productions" label which has become a extremely accomplished record label with bands on their roster like the mighty "Heavy Lord". The label seems to focus mostly on the Funeral Doom genre and "Abstract Spirit" must be one of the best bands doing it. "Liquid Dimensions Change" came out in last year and its a slow, moody, atmospheric album in a similar vein to bands like early "Cathedral" and "Winter". The songs are slow, i mean real slow and take a long long time to develop and build which may turn some people off the album but its worth sitting through for the pure darkness factor. The album has only 6 songs that stretch the album out to over 60 minutes but its a long harrowing process to get to the end of the album in one sitting. The vocals kill, low deep grunting is the style on show here and it fits in well with the low-end crunch of the guitar work. This is a delightfully depressive album but with the movements being so slow to develop, it may push some listeners to thoughts of suicide. 7/10

The new album however “Tragedy And Weeds” shows some real progression and a change into more high quality production and more focused song construction. The material is still total Funeral Doom but sounds more mature and the songs sound more well thought out and arranged. Like "Liquid Dimensions Change", there is another 6 songs of depressive melodies, bleak atmosphere all played slow with the guttural growling vocals still there in check. They use the sound of sound of wind instruments to create a even more "Funeral Like Feeling" and while the style hasn't changed much, there is certainly more to this album compared with their previous effort. This music often promotes feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness which is the whole point behind "Funeral Doom" and this band creates the mood for those emotions very well indeed. No track stands out anymore than any other, they all reek of the same sounds and quality but "Tragedy And Weeds" beats ""Liquid Dimensions Change" hands down in my opinion. Perfect music for your next day of heavy rain and howling winds. 9/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:00 pm

Doomraiser - Erasing The Remembrance

Italy's "Doomraiser" first came on the scene back in 2004 with the demo "Heavy Drunken Doom". At the time it was a little hard to see them as serious contenders for any sort of Doom Throne because their image as a bunch of drunken Metal Heads.Man,have times changed because this album delivers the goods in every department.This is my kind of Doom Metal rock,they take all the best elements from the Maryland Doom Scene and mix it up with sounds ranging from Sabbath,Captain Beyond and other underground 70's proto Metal to guitar riffs and musical passages that remind me of early "Celtic Frost". Although there is nothing original about what they do,what they do is some infectious and full of so much groove.Its a real talent and strength to put together 7,9,10 and even 15 minute tracks and not once does it seem the tunes are long.They are structured with just the right amount of tempo and mood changes that nothing outstays its welcome.There is no low points to this release and highlights are plenty including "Another Black Day" that has one of the coolest mid-tempo headbanging sections heard in a long time."The Raven" and album closer "Rotten River" just reek of pure classic Doom with some unforgettable passages that are instantly accessible to mind of a Doom Metal fan like myself.Even the 15 minute "Vanitas" has so many twists and turns it never seems like 15 minutes has even passed by the end of this masterpiece.They released their first album "Lords Of Mercy" a couple of years back and while that was a good release,this really blows it out of the water.There is so many moods on here,reflective,aggression and even sometimes somber the arrangements are beautifully put together. This is engaging and convincing, thanks mostly to a mature songwriting and excellent production.Like i mentioned before most of this sounds like a Maryland Doom Act and bands like "Orodruin" and "Blood Farmers" spring to mind while listening to this but "Doomraiser" have got their place in the top of the Doom Metal pile and with a album as good as this it seems they will be there for a long time.Also i must mention this is available on a 2 LP set with bonus tracks.This is a essential purchase.
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:00 pm

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Ponamero Sundown, would you believe another awesome band from Sweden ! This bands debut album plays almost like a tribute to everything Stoner Rock has gave us over the last 15 years. Within the album's grooves you can hear traces of Kyuss, Spiritual Beggars, Dozer, Truckfighters, Fu Manchu, Color Haze, The Awesome Machine and early Nebula. So as you can worked out by now, there is not much in the way of originality here but they still dish up some major fuzz rock music and are really pretty diverse within the Stoner Rock genre considering the amount of ground they cover on this disc. The band has a obvious mid 90's sound while the production is beefed up into modern day standards. The tracks on all reek of different influence's , "Live The Lie" sounds a little like mid era "Kyuss", "Doctor Of Evil" sounds like classic "Dozer" and you can pick out influences on every other track on here. This would be unfair for me to do though because this band do what they do so well that if i make comparisons to other bands with every track if would sound like they are just pure copy cats and that they are not ! “Alcoholic Deathride” is one track that they seem to have their own thing going, this is the opening track on the CD and it kicks some serious ass. Even more so is the aggressive “Double You” which has so much angry Stoner groove, you just want to crank this mutha up to 11. "Hell Bent" and ''Curtain Call" are great tracks full of some powerful Stoner riffs but the later sounds has a section that sounds like a clear rip off of something. Maybe someone out there can tell me what it is, it has been driving me nuts thinking about it. Instrumentally the band know their stuff, great guitar work played with real passion and energy. The vocals are just right for the tunes, well balanced in the mix but nothing to get too excited about. They do the job well however and the the overall mood of the CD is one of driving in your hotted up car, even hotter chick beside you with beer and weed to share. The instrumental title track is a surprise here, it finishes the album in a softer fashion. Weird way to finish the album, i think it would have been more effective in the middle just to serve as some sort of interlude. If you fell in love with Stoner Rock in the early to mid 90's like i did, you will eat this up. However if you are looking for something unique or original within the context of a Stoner/Fuzz/Desert Rock band you might this a little too much on the familiar side of things. What they do have going for them is some killer catchy riffs and just enough diversity to make you want to listen right to the end. A couple of interesting points, this album got to number 2 on the Swedish hard rock chart and cracked the top 30 on the mainstream chart. I guess that shows you much more the Swedes love their hard rock compared to the USA. This is only their debut album so maybe they are just testing out their Stoner craft, the next album could be truly amazing. 8/10


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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:01 pm

Ol Scratch - the sunless citadel

Virginia’s Ol’ Scratch has had its fair share of line up changes over the years but this band seems to get better and better.The latest album proves that point more than anything else,this is a powerhouse monster of a recording that left pinned against the wall when i first heard it.Ever been to a live show where everything is so loud and heavy you felt like you wanted to vomit ?That's what this CD can do to you if you cranked it up,the bass sound on this is the driving force.I have to say its the best bass sound i have heard in years.Ol Scratch are know for being a loud band but on this album they pushed their sound to a new level of power especially in the bass department.The album kicks off a intro piece before unleashing some Sabbath inspired Sludge that pummels your brain in the form of a track called “Infernal Judgement”.This is like Buzzoven but with a even more viscous attack,i mention the bass sound before and i must warned you i hope your stereo can handle this.My sub-woofer shit itself not long after listening to this album,i am not blaming Ol Scratch for it but it wouldn't surprise me if they are ones that did the damage.While the bass sound is so thick,you have a guitar sound that compliments the bass perfectly.It cuts,slices and tears its way through most of the tracks while the bass simply bulldozer's its way through.Most of the riffs on this album combine two things,cranked to the max Sludge Metal and dirty Doomed Out Southern Rock.There hasn't been a album released this year so far in my opinion that combines these elements and manages to keep it interesting for a entire album.Tracks like “Draconian March and Bottom Basement” which blend together like most of the tracks do on this album have a filthy groove about them.Guitarists Steve and Willy trade licks and split up solo's with demented abandon and the vocals howl and growl.One thing that comes shining through is you can tell the guys have worked their butts off on this,slightly ambitious and a totally complete album.“Brink of the Maelstrom” is another major highlight,a twisted riff monster that leave you hitting the repeat button over and over again.There is also “Redneck Deity” where the band becomes slightly (shock-horror) a little catchy and heads more towards a Doomed out C.O.C sound.There is a couple of quieter moments where the band moves into Swamp-Blues Mood but they pull that off so well it just add another dimension to the album.The closing 17+ minutes of “Wizard Smoke and Goatbridge”,the band manages to combine everything the band has played on the album so far and construct into a epic piece of Sludge/Doom Heaven.It has the Electric Wizard drugged up riffage but also with some psychedelic breaks before ending with a wall of noise effect.There is also the Sludged Up Boogie of “Last Charge of a Dying Race”,yes the band covers a lot of ground on this album.If there is any weak point at all its the drum sound which seems to get buried a little at times under the monstrous bass sound.Normally that would hurt the rating but with the songs being so good and solid it doesn't affect the overall listening experience of this CD.Conclusion - this is my favorite CD of the year so far,a release so good that i don't know if this band will ever top it.Its out on Oppresive Sound System and the artwork and package is pretty damn good also.I hope everyone into Sludge and Doom check this mutha out.Essential.... 10/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:02 pm

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This is another band from Sweden,it seems every review i am doing at the moment is a Swedish band.You can't complain though when bands like Switchblade are just so good.I will put it this way,if you have been listening to bands like "Khanate" for so long you have become ammune to the heaviness then you must check out this band.The band has been flying under the radar for most people for years so it might be surprising to know that this is their fifth album and best but strangly self-titled album.This is one real ugly sounding album,bleak and often painful to the senses but so heavy at times its in danger of being crushed by its own sonic weight.Its not a album that you need to highlight certain tracks,it is better appreicated to be judge as a whole body of work.There is only three tracks on here taking up the best part of a hour and its a body of work that is bleak,dark and extremely abstract.Obivous comparrisions will point to Khanate and Earth but really this band can stand out on their own.I don't think any other band can touch them at the moment for avant-doom.Musically the band can move from ambient moments with whispering vocals to massive,bludgeoning sections with some frenzied shrieking vocals.The guitar and bass is thick and buzzing while the drumming is hammering but with a real feel for making the tracks even more dramatic.This is a band that understands the dynamics needed to make some rather uncomfortable doom-noise while still retaining enough arrangement skills to keep it interesting.

This record is a beast that makes no excuses for being absolutely monolithic and intense,this band plays from the gut.There is some insane vocal work to compilment the harrowing guitar work and the production is right up to the challenge.If you like music that builds to massive peaks and then takes you down to dark ambience only to bring you up to harrowing heights once again then check this out.I can't see how this band can follow this album,its a monster and one of the most intense doom albums ever made.Don't expect many if any traditional doom metal riffs or heavy metal style vocal techniques here,this is for the hardcore doom/sludge fan that can appreciate the abstract doom approach.Best listened to by yourself in a dark room,cranked to 10 but don't expect to get too cozy in your chair because this is one punishing album. 9.5/10

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:27 pm



The Divinity Of Oceans is the second album from German Funeral Doom Metal band Ahab, following their acclaimed debut album The Call Of The Wretched Sea, released in 2006. The Call Of The Wretched Sea was a concept album based on Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, and The Divinity Of Oceans follows in its wake. The album’s cover art is taken from Théodore Géricault’s famous painting of 1819, The Raft Of The Medusa. Now you may think two albums about whaling maybe stretching things a bit but at least it makes a change from the usual Doom Metal subject matter. The Divinity Of Oceans contains seven tracks taking up a hefty 67 minutes of what is rather minimalistic Funeral Doom at times but Ahab are one of the few bands that can do it and keep it interesting. The first track "Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)" opens with melodic strummed guitar before launching into the trademarks of the Ahab sound. Deep guttural vocals, pondering drums, bass heavy guitars and a lead guitar playing eloquent tones of misery and woe. The riffs of Hector and Droste are as heavy and ponderously crushing as a the ocean itself, and the haunting leads are gloomy and obscure. The keyboards are kept to a subtle level and do just enough to complement the melodies. The vocal work of Daniel Droste has improved, adding some mournful clean vocal work and choruses to his Gregorian-like chants. The rhythm section of Wandernoth and Althammer is huge as always as they add layers of sound to fill out the song.

The rest of the album follows in a similar vein, no surprises there except there is a couple of moments where they mix things up a bit. "Tombstone Carousel" has a more energetic, chugging pace with double bass drum work, crushing doom riffs and even somewhat surprisingly melodic interludes. Here the band shows they have some versatility and its not all pure depressing bleakness.In "O Father Sea" and "Redemption Lost", their sound has some cleaner doom moments that at times flirt with a sound of Solitude Aeturnus. The album’s title track is another multi-dimensional highlight, but the whole album maintains an impressively high standard. The album plays like a true concept album, the songs tend to flow into each other and if you are not paying attention it is easy to lose track of what song you are listening to. The songs are real long with the shortest track being 7 minutes but its somewhat more easily digestible and varied at the same time compared with their debut album but without giving up on the dark atmosphere. The music is very lyrical but unfortunately the booklet doesn't contain the lyrics but you can find the lyrics on several lyric websites. Its worth searching the words out as they are truly well written and a excellent piece of intelligent story-telling.

I think that that Ahab have released possibly the most captivating Funeral Doom Metal of 2009 and it shows some solid progression from The Call Of The Wretched Sea. This album has much more variation, such as more changes in tempo but only slightly, this album still crawls along but there is more chugging riffs and less minimalistic structures that show the band has matured considerably since their debut album and may grow to be even more intricate in years to come. Maybe the best Funeral Doom album of the year for me and i am sorry i am so late reviewing this album. 9/10


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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:27 pm

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Its been a hell of a few months for Canadian Doom and Sludge and here is another CD to add to the ever growing list of killer Canadian releases. "Dopethrone" in March 2008 as a completely D.I.Y. project but quickly formed into a fully fledged band, the band members are Vincent on guitar and vocals, Thomas on drums and Vyk playing bass guitar. With a name like "Dopethrone", they don't win any points for originally and the music itself is very much in the vein of Bongzilla, Weedeater and Sleep but there is a big difference. Where as Bongzilla battered your brains out with long repetitive riffing, Dopethrone actually keep the songs pretty short and have a almost catchy appeal. Obviously the band are a pack of weed-worshiping maniacs and like Bongzilla, they use a few spoken word samples to drive that point home but its the riffs, the great sound and concise song arrangement that make this such a great release. From the opening title track "Demonsmoke" with the spoken word sample about a woman buying some "Colombian", you pretty much know what you are in for but don't ride them off as just another rip-off stoner band because they have the riffs and more. The riffing has a hazy, old school groove that is more 70's than the likes of the other bands i previously mentioned. There is where the catchy element comes in, yes the sound is fat and heavy but there is a instant hook that comes with every track on here.

"Wizard's Sleeve" changes between big stoner grooves and some almost blue-grass style picking and the start/stop arrangement is very effective and pulverizing. "Spirit Ruiner" is filled with more thick grooves and more spoken word samples and the vocals are spewed forth in a typical Mike "Muleboy" Makela style but vocalist Vincent delivers it with a touch more demonic malice. Track four "Abraxas" is the odd tune of the bunch, a great tune in its own right but it sounds a little different from the rest of the album. "Psychic Vampire" and "Blood Boiler" are two of the best tracks on the album, the former is actually the longest track on the album at 5 minutes. It might sound funny but i find to listen to songs so short these days seeing as most Doom/Sludge bands do tend to drag things out as long as possible. This hurts the album a little in my opinion because a good riff deserves to be played over and over again, sometimes on this album you feel ripped off by the fact that songs end too quickly. "Power Violence Forever" strikes as being the weakest track on Demonsmoke but its in and out in just a couple of minutes. The album ends with "Legalize Murder", more thick heavy grooves are in abundance and its a fine way to finish what is a really short album that is more like a ep than a full length album.

Rating this album is difficult, its not original at all but still it kills with great grooves and a excellent production. The songs are great but at the same time seem too short and a little un-finished, the vocals are awesome but they have been done many times before. It would be so easy to say fuck it and give this a 10 but that wouldn't be too accurate in judging the album as a whole. Having made that observation, it must be said that if riffs make a album then this is one of the best albums released this year. Seeing as this band is fairly new, they have a incredible amount of potential to be a monster within the Stoner Doom Sludge scene if they can established a sound more of their own. Load your bong and give them a listen. 8.5/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:28 pm

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This year i got one of my best Christmas presents ever, the new re-release of this Iron Claw Compilation. They have had compilations released before but this one is the best in terms of sound and in packaging. Iron Claw were one of the earliest purveyors of thunderously heavy proto-metal with a early doom vibe. These guys could play with the best of them, laying down heavy riffs with enough intensity to make Mr. Iommi take note and a bleak beat that predates sludge metal by a number of decades. People still think that "Dismorphophobia" is a actual Iron Claw release but in fact its just a compilation. Iron Claw crushed everything in their path across the UK from 1969 until 1974. Yet during this time, after recording at many stages throughout their career, they never officially released a single album. Luckily through tape-trading, the band's name was kept alive throughout the 70's up to now where you can get high quality recordings on CD.

Rockadrome has lovingly put together a knock-out package, laying down once and for all a proper homage to a band that never got the justice they deserved during their lifetime. Complete with liner notes from founding member Alex Wilson, a complete band line-up roster, artist quotes on each song, tons of photos, and, most importantly, 16 giant slabs of heavy early masterpieces of dirty doom influenced metal before doom metal even existed, this is a can't miss package for all fans of heavy psych, proto-metal and the early days of doom rock. While everyone claims to have found a band as heavy as Sabbath, not many if any bands really come close but Iron Claw are pretty close to the heaviness of Iommi,Butler,Ward and Osbourne. Like most bands from the period, its only the cheap production and poor management that stopped them from being on the same level as Sabbath.

They formed after Alex witnessed Zeppelin playing on their first tour of Britain, the band finally found their direction after hearing Sabbath perform at the Dumfries Youth Club in 1969. Initially, the band was so enamored with Sabbath that their live set was the entire first Black Sabbath LP plus a couple original tunes! Then slowly, they began to write more of their own material and the real talent of Iron Claw began to emerge. Featuring a guitar player, Jimmy Ronnie who at 15 already had the riffs, the band career's was full of seriously mind alternating, devastatingly heavy psychedelic blues that was put down on tape in only a few recording sessions.

The CD presents, roughly chronologically, the bulk of Iron Claw's recorded output, and it's a fascinating study of one band's development and perseverance. The first 5 tracks come from what is known as Mark I of the band, featuring the original line-up. This is by far the most Sabbath derived period of the band but the band didn't rip off Sabbath, they had their own sound as these tracks show. The tracks are low-fi, 4-track recordings that adds an endearing, garage quality to their early brand of doom that is truly ahead of its time. The track called "Clawstrophobia," is just what the title suggests, a monstrous heavy riff-fest, this is the most Sabbath-esque track on the disc, eerie as anything done by the masters, and worthy of appearing next to "The Wizard," or "Black Sabbath." This is amazing track when you consider just how young the band were at this time, they were all still teenagers. "Mist Eye," is another Sabbath-y proto-metal riff, with a strong vocals and some savage guitar playing that some bands are still trying to master right up to this day.

"Sabotage," has a kind of jazz intro before launching into a monster of a distorted blues riff, "Crossrocker," is a full-on fuzzed doom assault, while "Skullcrusher," does exactly that. Each of these are prime examples of the burgeoning heavy metal sound and each stands as a testament to the worthiness of this band as one of the heaviest outfits in their day. Worth buying for these five tracks alone, but the best is yet to come.

Having laid down these mighty platters of raw heaviness, Iron Claw finally met Sabbath, but rather that being embraced as fellow heavy metal pioneers, they were instead hit with a veiled threat of litigation if their early tapes were ever released. That shows you how much Sabbath was threatened by this young still unknown band. But it also marked the demise of Mark I of the band, the singer leaving in 1971. The band reformed with a new singer and extra guitarist and launched head-long into Mark II of their existence, which quickly morphed to Mark III when that guitarist was asked to leave. This period, Mark III, heralds the real glory days for the band. Keeping the inherent heaviness in their groove, but lightening up the affair a touch with more blues base, the boys had grown, learned their instruments, and concentrated on songwriting. "Rock Band Blues," charges like some amphetamine-fueled Deep Purple outtake. New singer Willie Davidson adds a more soul to the band's sound than before. Ronnie once again proves to be one of the most unheralded, unheard guitarists of his time. His tone and phrasing on his jams here are knock-out mind-boggling! "Pavement Artist," follows a weird version of a drum solo intro into another killer catchy blues riffing tune. Echoes of Free reside here, or some proto-version of early Whitesnake, this can also be found in "Strait Jacket," "Gonna Be Free," and the band's one and only attempt at a ballad "All I Really Need." Its this period of the band that should have been recorded and released at the time, if so i am sure we would be talking about Iron Claw in the same way we talk about Sabbath, Purple and Zeppelin. The Mark III version vanished when original drummer Ian McDougall quit. The new version of the band adopted a more experimental, free form jam sound producing interesting cuts with "Winter," and "Devils" but the original magic was lost and the writing was on the wall that the band would split. Much praise must go out to Rockadrome for keeping these bands alive, there was so much underrated music in the early 70's that went un-noticed while big name bands stole all the attention. That has always been one of the biggest crimes in heavy rock history because while the likes of Sabbath,Purple and Zeppelin deserve their place as hard rock kings there was many bands who on their day were just as good.
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:29 pm

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Moloken's "Our Astral Circle" has been one of the hardest albums for me to review in the last year. Trying to sum their sound in a few words is difficult because they don't seem to fit into any particular genre of metal. Some people may see this as a bonus but for me it left me somewhat confused. They are described as a mixture of doom and death metal in the early 90s style, British epic progressive rock, and ambient hardcore but i don't hear much hardcore at all in this. They have many doom elements in their sound but its not like traditional doom metal like Candlemass or the more stoner doom sound of Electric Wizard. Moloken's sound is more sludge driven but with a progressive rock edge. Opening track "Molten Pantheon" has a thick sounding riff and the vocal roar of Nicklas Bäckström knocks you back in your chair at first, he has a tortured vocal sound. The music is very bass heavy but with some strong melodic lead breaks inserted to add some real contrasting sounds. At first i was thinking Cult of Luna meets Swallow the Sun but after repeated spins i keep hearing something different again. There is also some hypnotic rhythms with melodic drumming that you don't hear too often within a metal band. By the time you get to the third track called "Die Fear Will" you get a almost "Mastodon" type feeling about the band. The mixture of pure power chords and sonic ambiance is well done but just to confuse you even more, there is a almost "Neurosis" influence that shines through in songs like "Followers". The main feature of the band's songwriting is the use of dynamics, loud and quiet sections mingle together and melancholic leads blend with thundering sludge sections. The quieter sections seem to work best as in the moody intro to "Untitled I", another highlight is "My Enemy" which is a savage slab of metal but for doom fans "11"12" stands out as being the closet thing to pure doom.

Just to confuse you even more about this band, i must say there is a kind of looseness to the recordings on here even though the band is incredibly tight. This is a achivement on their part, to be able to record some real tight musical interplay but to also keep a live in the studio vibe. Elsewhere on the album you will more good tracks, there is no real filler material but the tracks i already mentioned do stand out as being the high points on the album. Musically Moloken wont re-define the doom/sludge genre but the crossover sound they have may point to a emerging trend with the doom metal style. Its not doom enough to be a pure doom album and not deathly enough to be death metal but this is still one hell of a heavy release. The production is excellent and the packaging is equally as impressive but the music contained within may take a few spins to get used to. As good as this album is, i personally think their best work is still to come. To me this is the sound of a band trying to figure out which road to take musically speaking and i mean no offense to anyone with that statement. This is a big step up from their debut "We all face the dark alone" and the band has the musical chops to create something really special next time around. Till then, my friend! 8/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:30 pm

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At this point in time i am traveling around California in a rental car with the family and it is times like this you need some good driving music, Nightstalker are a band that seems to fit that need for the most part even though this seems more spacy and psychedelic than previous efforts. One thing that is amazing about Nightstalker is the band has been together for a staggering 20 years and really haven't change their style that much considering how long they have been trying to make a name for themselves. The band did gain a good reputation in the underground Greek scene mainly due to their live performances as early on as 1991 and that still continues to this day. One of the problems the band has faced over the years is their scattered recording history, "Superfreak" is only their third full length release which is pretty disappointing considering how long they have been playing but the fact they are still firmly hooked into the stoner rock sound shows they must really believe in what they are doing. The band doesn't play anything new or innovative, so stay clear of this album if that is what you are looking for. The album is however full of easily accessible,catchy choruses and memorable hooks but also play in a straight-forward style, every song has the same verse-chorus-verse progression so it is easy to get tired of the sound pretty quickly.

The album gets into gear with a chilling intro called "The Science Of Magic" before cranking it up for the first real track named "Enough Is Not Enough". From the get go it is obvious what this band is about, this is riff-rock fueled by weed and alcohol and it stays that way for the duration of the entire CD. Best songs would be "Baby, God Is Dead" despite the repeated vocal lines which are a bit overdone, "Superfreak" that is real simple in one way but also has a great riff played with real precision."Heavy Mental" and "Stain" are other standout tracks but really all the tracks on here have such a similar to one or another, it is real hard to separate one track from the next. A special mention must go to bass player Andreas who has a Geezer Butler type quality to his playing, some of the bass lines are awesome and its all helped along by some excellent production. Tolis is a great guitar playing also that while he is playing a style that has been done a million times before, you have to remember how long this band has been together, that pretty much makes them originators even though not many bands (if any) quote Nightstalker as a influence. The weak point for me has always been the vocalist Argy, this will upset you Nightstalker fans out there but his voice has never really cut it for me. He sounds like a cross between Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Wyndorf but without really mastering either approach to singing. At times he just seems to be moaning as opposed to singing and it just gets on my nerves after a few songs.

In conclusion, i must say if Nightstalker was a band from the USA then they would be a big well known band and a major influence. They play with passion and obviously have a real love for the style of music that they play. This comes out in their songs which are real strong despite their sometimes simplistic approach to arrangement. This will appeal to fans of everyone from Sabbath, Motorhead to Clutch and early Monster Magnet. Don't worry about what i said about the vocal style of Argy because i am sure a lot of people will dig his vocal sound, that is just a personal gripe with me. This is Nightstalker's strongest release so far but it is unlikely to win them any new fans but its "Raw Rock 'n Roll simplicity" made to be played loud with a few beers in the belly. 7/10
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Raventale is a one-man project featuring "Den of Winter" guitarist Astaroth. This album is being advertised as the band’s transformation from depressive black/pagan metal to black doom metal. Interesting way to promote the band as it is still half black metal to me, adding a few slower riffs and some extra keys doesn't make you a doom band all of a sudden but anyway this is still a great album despite the mis-leading promotion. I must stress however this ain't no traditional black metal album so just beware black metal heads, this album is way more diverse than that. The album starts off very doom with a haunting goth/doom sound using keys before it explodes into typical bombastic black metal style. The track is called "The Fall Of The Mortal Aspirations" and is a great attempt at making something heavy and dramatic using keys but avoiding sounding like just another goth/black/doom hybrid. The sound from that out-set is real powerful and is really highlighted on the excellent "My Birds Of Misfortune" which has everything from metallic chugging riffing which got me sucked right away, the track features some breath-taking musical interludes that mellow things out a bit but doesn't sound distracting or out of place. This is one heavy track that also features some strong melody lines and like most of the album, the arrangement is faultless. Raventale gained significant notoriety for their first record and its portrayal of the nature inspired lyrical themes and still a lot of themes remained with this album. One thing that has changed though is the use of English texts which will make a lot of us happy as the lyrics are beautifully written. "A Fading Scent Of Cinnamon And The Naked" once again includes a lot of somber emotive sections but all bundled with some catchy but real crunchy guitar sounds. Astaroth clearly shows he has high standards of musicianship, song writing and diversity and while this album sounds a lot cleaner than the first album from them, it actually benefits the bands style perfectly. The rasping vocals of Astaroth is what gives the songs the black metal edge but this album is diverse enough and has so many strong and sometimes beautiful melodies, it can appeal to a wide section of metal fans who like metal that is powerful emotionally as well as musically. The album is interspersed with instrumentals, most of which are so short that they blend in with the following track so they sound like a integral part of the album. The next major highlight for me is track 8 "Suicide As The Destined End", this track reeks of sorrow and sadness and is the most funeral doom sounding track on the album. The epic sounding track on the album and once again, beautifully constructed and playing. It has a almost symphonic metal vibe to it towards the end of the track, this is a black/doom sound that can make you cry if you let it. A note for fans of the first album from this band, the sound has distinctly changed as well as the style and the shaping of the production around the music has been molded in a different light to the previous efforts, which was a little monotonous on occasions, this has a epic symphonic sound driven by sorrow and sadness while retaining some viscous metallic crunch in places. Hard album to categorize, some doom fans will say not doom enough, some black metal fans will see it as a sell-out which its not at all in my opinion. Hell, i was ready to tear this album apart before listening to it but i was instantly was drawn in by the excellent musicianship and the intense emotional pull that this album has, great album. 9.5/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:31 pm

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Revelation started up in the 80s in Baltimore, Maryland releasing what is considered their debut album, Salvation’s Answer in 1991 although earlier this year saw the overdue release of the S/T album that was to have preceded the Salvation’s Answer album. The band has a rich history leading up to 1995 when they released the great Yet So Far CD. They have remained a largely a cult band even though they should be considered one of the greats of the genre. You must keep in mind the same line-up have released a staggering 11 albums under the name Against Nature. This album is the classic line up of Revelation with John Brenner on guitar and vocals, Bert Hall on bass and Steve Branagan on drums. The Release album was a fine return to the Doom scene when it was released last year and this album carries on with the same high quality standard that Release had but this album maybe a little better. "A Matter of Days" kicks the album off in pure Doom Metal fashion with smoking riff work and searing solo work that this band should be famous for. The guitar work is fits in well the adventurous bass work that is wandering in a different direction it seems but they not only make it work, it also sounds fresh although they are on a very traditional Doom Metal path. The band specializes in the pentatonic blues based riff rather than the sustained notes that so many Doom bands focus on these days. Second track "Offset" simply smokes but like most of this album, the track has a kind of restrained vibe but the guitar/bass and drum work serves the songs in magnificent fashion. A lot of bands would really complicate things but Revelation have the knack of finding the perfect groove and vibe for each track.

Brenner has always been a great vocalist and a bit different than your usual doom metal singer with his high and sometimes nasally voice but it is just perfect for carrying the strong melodies, particularly on the epic "Canyons". At nearly 10 minutes long, this track is a stand out piece of old school Doom Rock. The unique about Revelation is they don't follow the Doom Metal rule book too closely and "Canyons" is a classic example of what can be done if you have some finesse and imagination. The song is basically a extended jam highlighted by Brenner’s exciting soloing that is riveting to listen to. "On A Promontory" is more up-tempo than most of the material on here and "The Whisper Stream" shows the band are not afraid to be a little eccentric with their song-writing. This tune heads into a almost "Rush-Like" song but still with old school Doom Metal tendencies. "Vigil" brings the band back into pure Doom Metal style both musically and lyrically, all the elements are there on this one. Haunting melody, interesting and original arrangements and of course a emotional filled vocal. The album ends with the title track "For the Sake of No One" and its delivered with the same power and passion as the rest of the album. A fitting end to a very complete piece of work from the masters.

While this has a very 70’s style of playing, they add a freshness to it which is a pleasure to hear in 2009. A special mention must go to the guitar work that combines simplicity with some exciting open chord flourishes that gives each and every track some serious depth. I did read once that Brenner was described as a cross between Alex Lifeson and Tony Iommi and that is pretty accurate, the guitar work is heavy but extremely colorful at the same time. As usual with this band the lyrics are highly expressive and thoughtful and delivered from a very personal point of view. The interplay between bass and drum work on this album are not to be missed either, the album has many layers and with all good albums like this, a new layer is discovered every time you give it a spin. The only negative aspect of this album is the recording that is well produced but also extremely quiet, you will need to crank your volume up to fully experience the power this band has. I strongly encourage people to buy this CD or head to the Bland Hand Records site and you’ll find the entire Revelation discography available for download as high quality mp3s. The downloads are on a donation based system, pay a few bucks and help the band out. This is proof of what experience and great songwriting brings to a band and Revelation has all that and more. 9/10
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See It Burn's debut album "Desolation Overture" is i believe to be a self-release from the band and its a 4 part seething, crawling slab of Ambient, Atmospheric Doom with a Industrial edge. The album is split in four sections titled from Act I to Act IV, the two piece band made up of John Hoskison-Parkin and Glenn Boddice have created something not what you would call unique but this is incredibly heavy stuff. They have thick down tuned sludge guitars mixed with atmospheric sounds all back up by industrial sounding percussion. What is a bit different is the range of influences on display here, you can everything from Electric Wizard, Earth, Sunn O))), Godflesh to Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. "Act I" begins with with a haunting intro before the real doom is unleashed with a bellowing groan, the heavy - laden sludge filled riff comes and then you get some industrial percussive noises that sound like machine gun fire. The crawling track is now on its way, but moving at a snail pace of course. Sort of like a soundtrack to your worst nightmare, this track is truly creepy and at times makes your flesh crawl. The guitar work is of the drone variety with huge chords that ring out inducing a hypnotic like state for the listener. The track comes to sudden stop after 13 plus minutes of droning doom that leaves you feeling kind of claustrophobic. "Act II" wont excatly lift your spirits either, the same mood and vibe continues. Its a little one - dimensional but the haunting atmosphere is something that will either leave you in a trance or make you feel somewhat on edge.

"Act III" adds a medieval folk twist to the album with a spoken word intro and the slight change in atmosphere is a welcome one. Keeping the same mood going for a entire album would be overkill and thankfully "See It Burn" saw that by adding in something that is still total crawling,seething droning doom but it takes the album in a slightly different direction. The main feature of this piece is the almost chanting growling vocal sound heard in the background. Creepy as hell but also very effective in making a sound that is both atmospheric but also more musical than the previous two tracks. By the time you get to "Act IV" you will either be digging the heavy tonal qualities of this band or you will be climbing the walls. This track has more of the signature droning, repetitive riffing that these type's of noise merchants always have, no real variation and certainly no change in tempo.
Like all the tracks there is some great background noises to create even more tension, "Act IV" has a sound like marching feet at one point which put the image of Nazi German soldiers in my head. You know the deal that you get with these droning doom bands by now, there is no headbanging riffs, no lead solos, no real vocals and happiness to be found within the music but that is the way its meant to be. Darkness and despair rules within the drone sound scape and this album is a perfect example of that type of musical misery. Love it or hate it but don't expect anything different than 100's of other mostly project bands indulging in this musical cacophony. I personally found this album to be engaging and a thoughtful slab of drone - doom, played in the finest tradition of the genre. 9/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:32 pm

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The original idea for this tribute album to Thergothen came up in 2007 and now it is finally available from the great work of Solitude Productions. This a 2 CD set that will appeal to fans of Thergothen or fans of funeral doom who may not have even heard of the band. This is a real possibility as to this day the band remains underground but they are more popular now than they ever were when they were together. Thergothen formed in 1990 and they released a couple of demo's which are still well sought after in the underground scene. Their first full length album "Stream from the Heavens" was released to mixed reactions in 1994. The mixed reactions came from the fact that not many people were ready for a band that played so slow as Thergothen, some of the material was almost drone-like and that was still very much a new concept back in those days. Unfortunately two members (Niko Sirkiä and Jori Sjöroos) went on to form "The Empty Flow" which ended up being a kind of trip-hop band. How you can go from funeral doom to a musical style like trip-hop is beyond me but that is exactly what happened. Niko Sirkiä currently records experimental electronic music and runs a record label called "Some Place Else".

I must clarify something, i generally don't like tribute albums, usually they sound slopped together and the versions of songs often sound like half-assed with production values of various qualities. This is not one of those, this is well recorded and all the versions of songs are extremely played that keep faithful to the original versions. This is put together different than most tribute albums, it has two versions of each song done by two different bands leaving the listener to pick their favorite which is a little tough in some cases because there is not any weak versions here. Asunder and Inter Arbores both do great versions of "Who Rides The Astral Wings", personally i think Asunder wins that battle but not by much. Officium Taste and AArni give us versions of "Crying Blood And Crimson Snow", in this case Officium Taste deliver a superior version of the song. Evoken and Astral Sleep do "Yet The Watchers Guard" and both versions kill, i really like the sound of Astral Sleep so i will be seeking out more from that band. The great Imindain and Krohm do versions of "Everlasting" and they are both good renditions of the song but i think Imindian nail the track more than Krohm. Colosseum and the very obscure act Otzepenevshiye give us "The Unknown Kadath In The Cold Water". This is one of my least favorite Thergothen tracks but both versions are good, strong takes on the song. Mournful Congregation and Axis Of Advance deliver "Elemental" to the table, here there is no doubt that Mournful Congregation do the better version. Not surprising seeing how monumental that band is already, they are clearly one of the best bands in the genre anyway and they don't let anyone down here.

Worship and another obscure band called Nojda have recorded average versions of "Evoken". I would have thought the Worship version would have killed but it sounds a bit rushed but it is still alright and certainly doesn't take anything away from the album. Umbra Nihil and Singultus with "The Twilight Fade" are both strong additions. The odd track out is "Dancing In The Realm Of Shades" which is a very rare Thergothen track only available on a rehearsal live tape that is much sought after by collectors. Its performed by Persistence In Mourning and they do the song some serious justice with a great version, they really bring the song to life. Out of the two discs, disc one seems to be the stronger of the two overall with the second disc being made up of the more obscure bands. Like mentioned before, the production is awesome and considering bands on here are from all over the world including Great Britain, Finland, Russia, USA, Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Canada. To put all this together is a achievement the record label should be proud of and its one of the best releases ever on Solitude Productions. Thergothen fans and funeral doom fans will want this and if you have never check out Thergothen before, this is a damn introduction to the band although hearing the real thing might be a better option. This is one of the best tribute albums ever but having 2 versions of the same song is a bit overkill but you can pick your favorite versions and run with it. Still a essential purchase for fans of Thergothen and funeral doom. 9/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:33 pm

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Yidhra's 4 track promo ep is out and at only $5 it is a essential pick up for you doomsters who love traditional doom played with a sense of freshness. Even though they are playing a very traditional style of doom, the combination of a vocalist that doesn't really sound like anyone else and a rich full guitar sound with catchy riffs makes this ep irresistible. The CD opens with "The Lament Of Longinus" which some of you might have heard on the new Doom Metal Alliance sampler that is making the rounds at the moment. This song is in the vein of Saint Vitus at their very best, a slow intro section starts off the track in a haunting fashion before launching a huge riff. The guitar is thick but has a clean biting sound with the just right amount of fuzz. The track has a repetitive riff but at the halfway point in changes down a gear to a even slower tempo with some demented soloing that is twisted and eerie at the same time. The track then returns to the main riff to finish out the track. "Witch Queen" is up next, a Sabbath inspired doom riff kicks the track into pure doom and gloom atmosphere but the track really gets into gear when a the mid tempo section comes in. A stomping, head snapping power-metal riff to be sure but it shifts back and forth from that to total doom. The solo at around the 5 minute mark wails before they take it back to doomsville with that killer opening riff to round of a great track. "Ancient Ones" is more Saint Vitus style doom with a creeping riff line and spoken word type of singing before he returns to his bellowing vocals during the chorus. I really dig this dood's voice and like i mentioned before he somehow manages to sound original even though is vocal technique is a much used one. The guitar crunch is really on display on this track especially at 4 minutes into the song where there is a extra heavy emphasis on the guitar sound. Like all the tracks on here, production is real good and polished. Maybe the catchiest song on here is the last track "Conquest For Nova", the opening riff is instantly infectious and the rest of the song just grooves. Special mention must go again to the production and mix of this baby, everything is clear and powerful and even the drum sound pounds. A lot of drums tend to get buried in the mix of promo CD's but on here, they are right where they should be in the mix. The solo on "Conquest For Nova" is one of the highlights of the album, full of soaring melody and feeling. If they can get a sound like this on a promo EP, then a full length album should be on everyone's wanted list. I have heard dozens of promos this year and there has been some good ones and some shockers but this is the best promo released this year. In fact calling it a "promo" really doesn't do it justice, they are the best new band for 2009 in my opinion and that's a big call because this year has been a great year for doom but there is a freshness about this band that makes for repeated spins of the CD. Check them and this Ep out. 10/10
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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:27 am

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:40 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Doom/Stoner Reviews   Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:06 pm

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