воскресенье, декабря 13

Boys! review: Vibrations of Doom zine

Vibrations of Doom zine:

I was happy to see another full length from the Russian stoner/doom/death outfit. Back for album number three you find the flutes and female vocals are back, continuing on in a doomy Pan.Thy.Monium fashion.

This time though eyebrows were definitely raised with track 2, 'Betrayer, Liar,' which started off with a digeridoo and tribal percussion, sounding like a cross between Australian Aborigine tribal sounds meeting up with a Middle Eastern flair! Then they added a Jew's Harp and the flutes; sadly I think they didn't bring ENOUGH of this new sound and influence on this album, as it would have made for a more diverse listen. This is said especially because a few tracks here fall short of what this band is truly capable of, for instance the faster female sung vocals on 'Sky Is Falling' didn't sit well here, especially when they clash with the low toned death growls.

Even the flutes were off here, and followup 'Human Thoughts As A Weapon' sounded like they just ran out of good ideas for riffs; these heavy riffs are pretty generic for a band like this. Add too the fact that some of the guitar work is quite odd, though they still can put together a good instrumental jam.

And that's one of the strengths of this release; that the almost improvisational instrumental passages are as strong as ever; in fact I dare say that on CD ender 'Time Is A Murderer,' the high ended flute notes are some of the best on the record, maybe their best ever! It's still groovy, rockin' and heavy, and they still have a few tricks up their sleeve (like the instrumental passage near the end of 'World Without Me' slowly speeding up and then dropping right back down to their groovy end flawlessly).

Everything is rotated in and out without being overused; the female vocals, the death growls (which seems just as sparse and limited as on their previous release), the flutes and everything else, keeping the songs from becoming same old, same old. Opening the CD with a 7 minute instrumental ('Damn These Deserts') was a risky endeavour, but it's all about the music here and Evoke Thy Lords still delivers a sonic stoned out trip (including a space jam passage on the CD ender), though the blunders here are a bit more damaging than they were on the last full length.

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