woensdag 4 april 2012

Judd Madden – Doomgroove

Judd Madden – Doomgroove
Self released – 2012
Rock, Doom, Sludge, Stoner, Post
Rated: ****

Doomgroove is the fourth or maybe even fifth release (when counting a collection of old songs) of Australian one-man metal force Judd Madden. After a spell with some more techno and electronic noise and a stint with a technical proficient band called Fighting Locusts. His releases have always dabbled on the dark and twisted sides of metal and have always been influenced by all those down, dirty and caliginous tones. However for the first time there seems to be a little twinge of light at the end of the tunnel. Surfing on the murky doom waters comes an instrumental droning sludge album that searches out hard driving stoner rhythms and weary post rock adventures that still hold on to some form of hook. It is more condensed than previous releases and feels more like a work completed and less like playtime. Things have gotten serious on Doomgroove; seriously brilliant with a touch of enlightened excellence!

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