Something You Might Have Forgotten and...
Something Plucked Screamin' from the Vault of Cult
Profound Lore Records
Slow and moody is the overall nature of this release, distorted sludgy (precise, sounds strange though adequately describes the mastery of talent needed to nail this style) guitar riffs accompanied by melodious chants and, more often, drawn out words (echoing slow growls) excellently convey a plethora of emotions to the point that the listener can't help but feel swept away into the very depths of melancholic trance. And that's only my musing upon the first track, Suffocation, a Burial: I - Awoken (Breathing Teeth). A veritable beast of an epic track (twenty-two minutes plus) that puts me in mind of outstanding earlier Mourning Beloveth albums (Dusk, Sullen Sulcus) which I hold in only the highest regard and look to often if only to cleanse my palette of brutality for but an afternoon.
All in all a glorious release that I'm glad I took a chance on and one that I will spin again for many weeks, months, years to come. Four Phantoms makes me think perhaps I need to delve more into this genre, this is certainly an outstanding place to pop anyone's doom cherry. A powerful and epic album that features melodies that you'll find yourself humming at the most inopportune moments of the day. Four Phantoms flows effortlessly and unhurried like a meandering river. Serene and mesmerizingly beautiful at times with twists and turns throughout some that churning the water more than others turning the otherwise peaceful flow tumultuous and devastating. IMO this is a true masterpiece of the Funeral doom/Sludge genre that deserves all the attention it's been receiving.
There's no denying it, this album floored me on the first listen as I'd not heard of the band or any hype regarding this release, It must have somehow managed to slip through the cracks though I can think of any conceivable idea why. From the images I've seen of the band they seem young and with the quality of this release they should find doors opening for them. I'm predicting only the brightest of future ahead. A great find that was very unexpected amidst piles of the same sounding schiite.
Nuclear Blast Records
This all came to pass after Anthrax finished recording Spreading the Disease (still one of my favorites) discovering they still had studio recording time left (and stuck in Ithaca, NY with nothing to do) Scott Ian and Charlie Benante gathered some like-minded musician friends. A week was all the time that was needed, the rest as they say is history. I'm having difficulty registering the fact that this was very close to thirty years ago. My how time flies when you're surrounded by awesome metal. Bigger Than the Devil (the long awaited follow up album after a mere fourteen years of fans clamoring for ait) is a play on words from a John Lennon quote citing that... were bigger The Beatles than Jesus Christ whereas the album's artwork is a parody of the artwork from Number of the Beast an Iron Maiden classic, as if you didn't already know that!
Have you ever pondered at the proposition of singing your order into a drive thru window,?Billy does just that in King at the King/Evil Is In is a great little ditty with a black metal-esque vibe and a hilarious ending involving the ultimate burger composition. Make Room, Make Room tackles the question of how to curb exploding population growth by injecting some Soilent Green ideology into the mix. Of course, there are a handful of obituaries thrown in for good measure as only SOD can compose them, memorable riffs followed by priceless short statements. Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun...You're Dead! Classic stuff. No two tracks are alike, a hardcore influenced track is followed closely by a speedy punk-esque treat then by a collection of uninterpretable noises, grunts, burps and a short burst of noise akin to earlier Napalm Death (L.A.T.K.C.H) then a track with industrial Nailbomb leanings slips into the mix. As if that's not enough on some versions Seasoning the Obese (an obvious Slayer parody) and an amazing epic power metal parody Raise your Sword (Billy hits the high notes) is also included. Twenty eight tracks on one album (*Feind’s version has but 25 but who’s counting?), that's not a typo, it doesn't get any better than this folks!