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Shepherd : Doomonstration

Time stands still with this 3-song promo of German doomsters Shepherd. The band plays old-fashioned riffing doom in the vein of genre legends like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, The Obsessed and of course Black Sabbath. This promo is a first taste of the full-length album of the band at Exile on Mainstream Records planned for January 2003.

Innovation is clearly not the issue here. The band only seeks to revive the good-old days that bring tears of nostalgia in the eyes of some of us (especially those of us who are approaching the magical age 40 and still swear to their beard, beer belly and Motörhead shirts). A garage ambience, groovy riffs, and even a psychedelic acoustic outro on the last track on this promo join their forces and together with the distant, raw vocals and some weird samples, they make the day of the enthousiastic old-school doom rock fan. Unfortunately, the guitar sound is solid enouth to move some more 'modern' doom fans as well.

Unfortunately the CD I got sent by their label is damaged and I couldn't listen to the second track. I would be surprised if it was different from the other two, though. Together with the Greek Violet Vortex this is another promising 'doom rock revivalist' band which should be checked out by lovers of this genre.

This promo is limited to 100 copies and can be ordered from exile@mainstreamrecords.de for the insignificant price of 5 Euro (excluding postage fee).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


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Duration : Approx. 20 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Hate Your Guts Records
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