Various Artists — Pressor / Diazepam / Soom
(Addicted Label BNiL 677, 2013, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-11-19
The last of the Russian batch of releases is this demented split album of doom metal sludge bands Pressor, Diazepam, and Soom. Pressor presents two tracks, “Royal Witch” and “Geeked up Cookie Monster.” “Royal Witch” contains some unusual elements for doom metal such as a trumpet and relatively normal sounding vocals in counterpoint to the requisite crazed Cookie Monster throat shredding, as well as movie dialog of someone exorcising a witch. And “Geeked up Cookie Monster” is the perfect title for this track, sounding like someone wrapped barbed wire around the poor puppet's throat and forced him to sing his loudest accompanied by distorted guitar and a plodding beat. Diazepam contributed one track, “Sinking,” with clean heavy doom guitar. But the vocals are extremely painful to listen to. Is he going to vomit or cough up a lung? This demonic vocalizing sounds like a soul in torment, making you want to clear your mouth by spitting. The album closes with a track from Soom called “Крізь трембіту до легень і навпаки (Through trembita to lungs & vice versa).” Soom presents a different take on sludgy doom metal with undistorted vocals sounding a bit like Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. And the song ends with just harmonica and some demonic laughter. Overall, a perfect release for those of you who love to wallow in doom metal sludge. And perhaps something you might play on Halloween to scare the trick or treaters away from your house.
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