Released: 2016, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Professing to be the first ever doom band from South Africa, the secretive collective known as Demons From the Dungeon Dimension have to operate under the radar. Like many of our metal brethren overseas can attest, playing heavy metal in religiously oppressive territories can be more than complicated, it can be downright criminal. But metal hearts beat strong, and so does Demons From the Dungeon Dimension’s debut EP, AS THE CROW FLIES.
The five tunes are predominantly Kyuss infused Sabbath jams with a touch of 70’s flavored Pentagram/Trouble rumble. The recording itself is a very DIY affair and sounds a little rough around the edges at times, but the band gets an “E” for effort. Despite the limits in execution, the core of each tune shows the promise of what it could be in a real studio environment. Be it the bluesified slickness of “Black Dragon” or the headstrong charge of the title track, the songs are definitely catchy. The vocals reminded me a lot of Witchfinder General’s Zeeb Parkes; a bit soft spoken, but the clean delivery compliments the fuzz of the guitars.
As I’m writing this, the band’s Facebook page is down and aside from a handful of tweets, there’s no real media presence for Demons From the Dungeon Dimension. The Bandcamp link offers “Raising Hell” as sample, so if you’re at all curious, that’s your best bet to explore.