Length: 42:13 (min:secs)
Alan Setter - Drums
This is the debut album from these crushers from Cork, an Irish five-piece who were formed back in 2005 and after initial adjustments have been settled with this line-up for the last two and a half years. It follows on from the 'Year Of The Dead' demo and provides them with a full-length recording to take out on the hardworking gig agenda that they appear to pursue.
It’s grinding, sludgy and progressive doom that takes you by the throat and explains why you should buy them a beer. It’s the bruising and demonically slow riffage that grinds eardrums into a powdery sludge and irresistibly gets your head banging with careless abandoned. It’s a portrait of a bleak outlook framed by annoyance and found barely clinging to the wall by the thin thread of life’s provocation.
Standout tracks include “Fivewilldie”, “In The Blood”, “Bastard Grinder”, above all “On Your Knees” and particularly “Black Cloud”, which shows added depth and character to their sound. It begins with a gentle opening that soon detonates into a crushing riff, infectiously battering its way into your mind and reigning control without mercy. It’s a strangely intense song that somehow retains an emotional element within its heaviness, a kind of inner beauty that emanates from an undeniably ugly shape. It’s a sentiment that also comes across strongly with “On Your Knees” and definitely shows the way forward for the bands sound.
You can’t complain at an album full of riffs that would have fitted comfortably on an early Black Sabbath album, accompanied by vocals played through a second-hand and heavily tattered larynx. And those vocals feature as impressively as the riffs, the bloodcurdling bellows that resonate the very foundations on which you stand. Deep, deathly, throat tearing roars delivered with such power you feel that anyone weighing less than nine stone may get physically blown away.
Downtuned doomcore is one of those things in music, which if you are going to get it then you don’t need it explaining, but if you need it explaining then you’re just not going to get it! Hmm, yes, a bit like that sentence really…! Okay this is crude, unrefined and at times a little flaky but largely it doesn’t matter and actually the rawness adds an important part to the overall sound, that without would significantly change the character of this band for the worse. And that is something that shouldn’t be changed, because this is an excellent debut from a very promising band.
- Dave Yates
(6th March, 2009)