vrijdag 2 november 2012

Dopethrone – III

Dopethrone – III
Self released – 2012
Rock, Metal, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

Canadian’s very own trio of grimy sludge freaks is back with their third installment. After a superb debut in 2009 and an amazing follow-up in 2011 Dopethrone takes one elegant step towards the very edge of the abyss with every riff they produce. The characteristics of doom, and sludge have been carved in stone for years and between those lines you have to grow your own slow way like a poisonous fungus. It starts with an eerie church bell, howling wolf or vampirous words straight out of hell. This time around we hear an occult sample pronounced by a James Earl Jones kind of voice which talks about the beast in the world of blackness. After which a new exercition in deep dark gloom and somberness begins. Against a background of stumbling tempos, howling guitars, dirty riffs and snarling lines singer Vincent recites his bleak and hopeless poetry. Images of endless burning fields, moss overgrown ruins and mopish apocalyptic cities all under the control of the beast run rampant through the mind. Music as solidified darkness and death. A unique band; and that after only three albums.

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