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England's OLDe CRONE (nice name, that) has all the makings of a great doom band. This demo takes a love for classic slow riffing doom and combines it with elements of space rock and drone to create a most viable package. The group may not be totally there yet, but there are many signs that this beast will cane plenty hard once all the elements gel.

'Broken Reality' leads the disc off in fine fashion, creating a riffing space doom approach that's sure to have you reaching for your lighter. The trouble is, when the vocals finally come in they sound more like they belong in a southern U.S. group like Alabama Thunderpussy or Artimus Pyledriver, rather than a mournful group of spaced-out doomheads. The music makes it, but to these ears there's a disconnect with the vocals. The next tune, 'Blue Iris,' morphs into a kind of riffing Melvins vibe by the end. The final track, the 29+-minute 'Old Chrone' (sic) gets it all together, showing that OLDe CRONE can really bring it over the long haul. For one thing, the vocals fit the tunage much better. The music begins with a meandering early ('Ummagumma') 'Floyd feeling eventually building into Sleep-like doom, with lots of spacy guitar a la Hawkwind or early Electric Wizard. After a nice acoustic guitar and conga interlude, they're back for another E. Wiz. build-up which finally fades toward an early 'In Search of Space-' era Hawkwind post-acid letdown. Very nice indeed!

OLDe CRONE has all the talent necessary to bring the spaced-out doom in classic fashion. If they stay on the road initially paved by the epic 'Old Chrone,' then I want to be first on their list to get their next release.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Broken Reality
2. Blue Iris
3. Old Chrone
    1. (Spiritual Descent)
    2. (Dance of the Burning Sandmen)
    3. (Soul Ascension)

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the OLDe CRONE bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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