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Versus The Stillborn-Minded : Audibly Bleeding

Anyone here who likes the heavy and the loud? Silly question, I know. Of course there are. In fact there is a lot of doomsters who consider heavy and loud to be the essence of doom metal. Anyways, my point is that if you do like your doom with plenty of those two elements, then you'd do well in reading further.

Before I begin with describing the music, I should probably do a little explanation of the release length. The band sent me a CDr copy of the album for free since I couldn't afford a real copy there and then. The last track cuts a bit early it seems and the band's website states that the release is 56 minutes long, not 48 min. Just thought I'd let you, the reader, know. [edit by author: I've seen several other websites list that time so I'm guessing that 48 minutes is the correct length after all...]

Versus The Stillborn-Minded has a rather unique way of playing. Their tracks have varied influences, but in general they play doom metal with sludge, stoner and sometimes drone influences. All of the above are genres which are known to be both loud and heavy. And indeed the band utilizes this to their advantage. The music sends out pulse after pulse of massive riffage.

As the name suggests, the band is far from without a mind of their own. Their lyrics include social and political stances amongst others. Most of the time this means trying to open the eyes of those who choose to be blind to how the world really works.

For those who know Corrupted and YOB, you've probably made the connection already. Though Versus The Stillborn-Minded doesn't sound exactly like either of them and incorporates far more different elements than the two, they should still please most of the fans of such music. In fact the general fans of heavy stoner or sludge will probably like this. Of course they would have to like banging their head deeply and slowly, but that still includes most of them.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Climax Of Delusion
2. The Broken Soul (Invisibly Bleeding)
3. Stormborne I
4. Visions Of Imperfection
5. A Place Called Earth?
6. Stormborne II
7. No Land's Man

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes.

Visit the Versus The Stillborn-Minded bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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