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Purveyors Of Sonic Doom – Death Rides a Horse Called Doom (digital release review)

Oh yeah, oh yeah! That’s me having an aural orgasm now. While I am in no way much into doom metal musick (and never really was), I can appreciate nice grim tunes. So when I’ve got a hold of Canadian sorrow bringers Purveyors of Sonic Doom’s first EP (released and distributed via Bandcamp, but available also on tape), could I say no? Yep, I couldn’t.

Purveyors of Sonic Doom tape cover
Death Rides a Horse Called Doom tape cover

The first thing to notice – this is a proper lo-fi doom. That means heavily distorted vocal on top of the doomy, gloomy, heavy as fuck riffs. And of course, we’re not gonna do a speed race here and guys also don’t go into the world of funeral doom. Simply, this is the standard speed doom as it should be.

Purveyors of Sonic Doom band pic
Purveyors of Sonic Doom

The EP contains 4 songs of standard length. Which is good, because in case you are bored, it won’t last long. But what if you like the stuff, hm?

Opening the EP is „Sea Farer Lament” and until the vocals kick in one could to consider it a standard doom band, althoug maybe with some stoner influences. But those distorted vocals like from the very depths of the abyss give the songs a totally different flavours. You can’t understand shit of the lyrics, and there might not even be any, but it sounds pretty fucking cool!

It’s really a proper sonic wave, and 5:55 long “Rot Covered Gold” builds upon the foundation laid, adding even more heaviness into the play. This is like having nails hammered into your head, but you just can’t stop getting more! And more! Nice riffs and I have to say, I feel the repetitiveness of the riff pattern quite therapeutic, it’s almost like taking over the drone doom ability and make it their own.

Purveyors of Sonic Doom live
Purveyors of Sonic Doom live

And “Flayed One” continues in this trend, on and on…the slow, festering claws of death getting close and the slimy, cold wastness of the abyss claims your soul. The riff in this one is quite more appealing, it’s like the sound screaming!!

And the last one… “Highest Son” everything said before is here. And then we slow down… oh, these sloooooow tunes! Riffing and drumming find their own way to keep the listener entertained, which is good. I certainly welcome the slower tempo on this one and I wouldn’t mind going even slower. Not that you lack any heaviness here, God forbid! And then, unexpectedly, guys burst into the faster elements and hell yeah, I’m rockin’!!!! I kinda miss beer now, tho. 🙁

Anyway, can I recommend this little release? Abso-fuckin-lutely, folks. Purveyors of Sonic Doom have put out a strong EP and a good base to build upon. Myself, I can’t wait what they come up with next.

Purveyors of Sonic Doom logo
Purveyors of Sonic Doom logo

If you are a fan of drone doom, standard doom, lo-fi stuff…get this one. And if you don’t like it, then you can write me and tell me I was wrong. 🙂

Available here: https://purveyorsofsonicdoom.bandcamp.com/album/death-rides-a-horse-called-doom

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Rudolf Schütz

A father to two little perpetuum mobiles called kids, Rudolf is a main force behind The Rubber Axe webzine, a bookworm, musick lover and a movie fan - not to mention his virgin forays into the comics and board/card games.

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