|Album artwork by Niels C. (guitars/vocals)|
'Welldweller' finds a young band experimenting with many different styles, always pushing for extremity in the grimiest tones and riffs they can manage. Instrumental opener "Witchunt" establishes the precedent, a slow doomy riff with layers of distortion which both sounds and feels like the tearing of flesh.
The title track is my favorite of the bunch. It offers the cleanest vocals of the three lyrical tracks found herein. However clean the vocals are still manipulated and distorted by the same effect used by Philadelphia based band Summer Love and used at various times by Electric Wizard and Jerry Cantrell, a very liquidy sounding flange. The song features a very Sabbathian bridge.
"Doomsday Calling" is a fine slice of Electric Wizard worship. The song wouldn't sound out of place on 'Come My Fanatics' or even 'Dopethrone'. It's that heavy, the riffs are that monumental and yeah, it's that good. "Shallow Ground" shows some nice fretwork and some excellent instincts. These guys may be young but they know when to ramp it up, when to speed it up, when to take a step back and slow it down and where to take a pause.
'Welldweller' has been released by Acid Cosmonaut Records and this one makes it a perfect two for two for the newish label, their other release being the excellent 'Dust Storm Warning' by Italian desert stoners DSW (see my review).
The band has a new lineup and are all set to record the follow-up album 'Mørke' shortly. Expectations have risen, stay tuned.
Highlights include: "Welldweller" and "Doomsday Calling"
Total Run Time: 29:59
Jurgen M. - Drums, Vocals
Thomas F. - Guitar
Niels C. - Guitar, Vocals
Roenjer O. - Bass
Thomas B. - Vocals
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Stoner
Reminds me of: Alice in Chains, Electric Wizard, Weed Priest
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Lying in graves in the heavy rain, sink deep down and hold your breath.
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