vrijdag 27 februari 2015

The Munsens – Weight of Night

The Munsens – Weight of Night
Self released – 2015
Rock, Doom
Rated: ****

A package arrives. A cassette tape, accompanied by a small handwritten note and their band name/logo excellently and eerily drawn with ink: The Munsens. Three hairy fellas who formed their brotherhood in Asbury Park, New Jersey but relocated to Denver, Colorado. In pursuit of something highly vintage, mystical and creepy. Ye shall not be mistaken, this is one of those bands that will immediately strike a chord in the heart of all those who lust for something pure and for some unadulterated retro doom. And this is no gimmicky attempt for obscurity or anonymity. No, cause when the first two Sabbath, Electric Wizard and Bongripper typed tracks wash over you, you start the universal nod and thirst to wallow in their sound. The growling yet mystical vocals sound like they come from a bottomless abyss, dusty crypt or deep dark pit. The guitars howling and wailing and bass progression that sounds so ominous it should almost be forbidden. Bleak cymbals and crashing toms, hail the coming of something shadowy and evil. It is the final track The Hunt that kicks it up a notch, not in speed, but in occult Munsens high powered quality. A slow dirge that drags the deceased and the dying towards their inevitable demise. And all of us, who will live to tell the tale, follow and watch, and rejoice. For we can start this cassette tape again and again…

(Written by JK)

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