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Toner Low : Toner Low

This first full length release by Dutch stoomsters Toner Low is a bullseye (or 'onehundredaneighty'?) when it comes to spaced out doom. Six tracks with an avarage length of over seven minutes make for a highly satisfying listen for those who favor the psyched-out side of the musical spectrum. Bad news for those who thought the band had anything to do with status report of you local laser printer or xerox machine, as the band name most definately refers to the sound.

On the other hand, the link with machines is not so far-fetched, as can be seen from the songtitles of the first two songs, 'Evil machinery on the rise' and 'Devilbots designed to assimilate'. The machinery also pops up in the form of little samples and severely distorted vocals here and there. While never straying far from the path of heavy-riffed stoner doom, these six tracks offer a lot of diversity in terms of sound, vocals and composition. Mellower parts are also included; check out 'Through endless fields...' and 'Into the sunn of Nymrod', which might be described as psychedelic guitar ambient. All of it is poured over with a thick, murky production, as befits music of this kind.

Toner Low proves to be one of the more promising bands to come out of the Netherlands recently, and this debut is an excellent album within the subgenre. Everyone into stoner doom should check these guys out.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Evil machinery on the rise
2. Devilbots designed to assimilate
3. Through endless fields of waving grass we battle
4. Praying for Murphy's law to arise
5. Into the sunn of Nymrod
6. We will conquer

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes.

Visit the Toner Low bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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