|I must confess that I have a soft spot for Doom bands that are led by girls. In a way, it puzzles me; the slow tempos, heavy rhythms, gloomy atmospheres of Doom Metal do not seem to suit the... How can I say?... The female nature. Well, it must be stressed that, as a man, my views are certainly conditioned by the ancient, even though vile, universal sense of male superiority. Ok, maybe not a good excuse.|
Nevertheless, Murkrat drew my attention on the net for this reason. And then my attention turned into admiration as I discovered the excellence of the band's music. Haunted and esoteric, the Doom of Murkrat develops, along the eight tracks that make up the album, a great emotional power. The deep, lyrical and restrained voice of Mandy VKS Cattleprod emerges from the depths of a rather raw production, grainy and unclear; a slight echo effect distends it and amplifies its shamanic authority giving it a true hypnotic power.
The very low tuned guitar coupled to the severe bass weaves simple riffs that release a very evocative magic breath. Set on the dreary and disturbing keyboard, the languid drums, they make up a litany full of fever, a mysterious chant to the stars.
The heavy and insistent rhythm of the whole, by its simplicity and austerity, its swaying effects of rotation evokes bewitching visions of a crepuscular pagan ceremonial. You can only nod the head to the profane dance. It is a dark ceremony that seems to be played under the full moon on the moss-covered steps of an ancient temple. There is in fact in Murkrat's Doom something twisted and bizarre that conjures up primitive initiation scenes; a vibration, a deep sense of the occult. The notes are fat; they fall to the ground and crash. The 8 tracks sound like 8 dizzy funeral orations.
The five last songs appeared on the duetís first demo: 'Murky Ratmass'. There are few varations compared to the first part, the most significant being the appearance of wild eructations as counterpoint (the drummerís voice, I guess), while Mandy experiments some more aggressive inflexions; her voice turns then almost into growls.
Fans of Jex Thoth, Blood Ceremony or Reino Ermitano, take an ear to Murkrat: these two girls will finish convincing you that there are in the female vein of Traditional Doom treasures that could be found nowhere else.
2. The Predatory Herd
3. Morality Slug
4. Blessed Are The Rats
6. Hysteria Ripple
7. Plague Gestation
8. Devouring Down The Spiral
Duration : Approx. 74 minutes
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