Review from Metal Trenches

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Under: English
From: Metal Trenches
Published: April 12, 2017

The Pitch: Two very talented, textured Canadian instrumental doom bands for the price of one: Black Tremor and Sea Witch  via Hypnotic Dirge Records. FFO Downfall of Nur, Crown, Thera Roya

What I Like: This split is more than just your average doom metal.  Like I said, it's very "textured" and has some subtle intricacies that really carried my attention.  You've got your familiar bass guitar reverberations and T Rex-sized chord sustains, but there's a ton of atmosphere as well.  Haunting, effects-laden guitar leads drift in the background like an ominous mist.  Black Tremor throws in some jazzy drums and bass grooves, as well some tension-building (and also lush) strings.  It's doom, it's progressive, it's post-metal and even a little touch of folk. 

What I Don't Like: Very little, which says a lot considering my larger opinions regarding doom metal.  There's room for compositional growth, but I'm pretty satisfied.

The Verdict: Especially given the lack of vocals, I am impressed with how immersive and engaging this music is.  It's a contemplative early morning walk through a brisk fog; street lights still shining.  Beautiful melancholy.

Flight's Fav's: As The Crow Flies Part One, Hexus Part One

Rating: 8.3/10

In : English 

Tags: sea witch  black tremor  hypnotic dirge records  sunmask  stoner doom metal  folk doom  progressive doom  blackened doom metal  instrumental doom 

 Released: March 24, 2017
300 Copies
Genre: Instrumental Doom Metal
[Progressive, Folk, Sludge, Funeral]