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The Coldest Day
Released: 2004, Exile On Mainstream
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
German doom. Who would have guessed? The bands second CD is one weighty slab of sonic doom that crushes your temple and your church temples. Heavy as hell, the band grind through eight songs each named after a day of the week culminating in track eight ‘Doomsday’. Equal parts sludge, stoner, traditional European doom (and of course Sabbath) these guys crush. Tormented vocals, droning on and on weighty riffs combined with dark and despondent lyrics make for a quite intense listening experience. What would a doom CD be without the obligatory guest appearance of Wino?
Nice packaging and production from a label I’m not familiar with cap off a real treat. The band has called it quits and I predict as the label bio says “they become Kult” Ha! ha!
Kult or not, they deserve to be heard and congratulated for a top notch doom disc.
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