Label: Catacomb Records - COMB001 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Stoner Rock, Heavy Metal, Thrash, Hard Rock, Doom Metal
One look on Myspace reveals any amount of wannabe dope lords trotting out sun baked riffs and any amount of small labels willing to release them. For a new label to produce a compilation of international bands for their first release is a rare and brave move, for it to be such a triumph is a masterstroke!!!
Suns Of Thunder's opening gambit of 'Gimme Some More' couldn't be a better kick start for this album. Its balls out sound clash of Fu Manchu meets Deep Purple sets the benchmark for this entire release. It's going to be a fun ride!!!! Leicester's most persistent doomsters…10 years and counting I believe…weigh in next with 'Primitive', a plaintive concrete heavy howl from the Higher - Various - The Sound Of The Catacombs undergrowth and rather impressive it is too.
Multiculturalists Obiat offer up one of the Higher - Various - The Sound Of The Catacombs highlight's next with 'Farewell to Mankind'. It's impossible for me to be objective about the Grifter track 'Slow Boy' as I'm in the band. Needless to say I wouldn't be in a band I didn't think was totally awesome and this cowbell driven slice of riffage stands up pretty damn well I reckon!!! Armando Acosta, drummer with the legendary St Vitus lays down the backbeat for Dirtyred next.
They take the Vitus blueprint and spice it up with some southern fried grooves and Uranium * - อัด - สะ - จอ - รอ - หัน sensual vocals of Higher - Various - The Sound Of The Catacombs Star to make 'War is Made By Gentleman' another in a long list of highlights on this album. Things get ugly now as Godsize kick off big time with 'Pure Aggression'…it does what it says on the tin!!!
Mighty Sabbath riffs vie with Iron Monkey style vocals for a prime hate-filled slice of sludge. Spacecharge Higher - Various - The Sound Of The Catacombs up the first of the weaker moments on this release.
With a production thinner than a hooker's hymen and a lumbering unfocussed doom workout the attention wonders a bit. There is a good band in here wanting to get out…but not just yet. No fear, the quality rises again for one of the better known bands here, Abdullah whose Motorhead plays doom headrush of 'Long Gone' takes your legs off at the knees. Personally I love 'em and 'Higher' is one of their finer songs. The production is a little on the wispy side but the riffs and Soph's seductive vocals make this another of the highlights for me here.
Great live band as well folks!!! Chris, bassist with Taint, batters the shit out of a drum kit for his other band Black Cesar next. Not the most memorable track on here but certainly one of the most energetic and frantic. Oh dear, it all goes a bit wrong now as I am Colossus show that their track 'Revelation' is anything but!!!
Surely in a recording studio it would be possible to at least get the timing right but from the off this is a sloppy, out of time piece of pointless black doom with vocals that sound like a terrier with its cock caught on some barbed wire.
Every compilation has to have a real clanger of a track and this is it. Fortunately the album's stand out track is up next. The Iommi on crack riffs back up a vocal that is pure pain…a primal scream from the heart of sludge. This track is relentless, like having your face ground into broken glass…and pain is so close to pleasure!!!
You should all know Bristol's finest psychedelic smokers Gonga by now. This track won't be for everyone, especially those hoping for a more full on tune but me, I love it!!! The Harold Wartooth bring the rock with 'Flight of the Bitch'. One of the more straight ahead bands on this compilation which comes as a breath of fresh air as they rock through some old school riffery. Queen Elephantine are a bit of a Marmite kind of band, love them or hate them with I.
Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile - Górecki* - Ingrid Perruche, Sinfonia Varsovia, Alain Pink Floyd inspired psychedelic doom. A great band in their own right with their extended tripped out epics that mix crushing doom with an ambient, experimental vibe, I'm not so sure they sit so easily Alasin / The Anvil - Usko Meriläinen - Ku-Gu-Ku: Electroacoustic Works a compilation such as this.
Take a listen then check out some of their other stuff to make your minds up. El Topo are ok, just ok. They tick all the stoner boxes…fuzzy riffs, driving drums So there you have it, 17 tracks of mostly high quality and varied music.
If Catacomb Records can keep uncovering this kind of talent and putting together quality packages such as this, even in these recession veiled times they should rise to the top of the heap.
Various Sound of the Catacombs Sun 21st December Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit. Discuss Log in or sign up to post. Recent Reviews Diploid Glorify. Drawn from Ichor Manifesting Chaos. Torpor Rhetoric of the Image.
Lovely Meter - Steppenwolf - At Your Birthday Party, De Tien Plagen - Hans Bloemendal & Asher Bloemendal, Antoon Krelage - Sederavond, Trip To Amerika (Remastered) - Dr. Peacock - Trip Around The World, No. 9 E-Moll / In E Minor - Johannes Brahms / Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra* / János Sándor* - Un