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Wall of Sleep : Sun Faced Apostles

Ah, I love the sound of doom in the morning! Especially if it's from Hungary's finest, Wall of Sleep. From the Lovecraft/'Sabbath connotations in the band name to the beautiful misery of the sound within, Wall of Sleep is a first-class act all the way. The band is simply one of Europe's best practitioners of old-school doom, combining the classic sounds of bluesy early 70s underground hard rock/metal with the best of today's riffing doomsters, and it brings a grin to my face and an evil song to my heart every time.

WoS. is just one of those bands, that's all. If I haven't heard them for awhile and decide to spin one of their discs, I always ask myself "why the hell don't I listen to these guys more often"? I love that. 'Sun Faced Apostles' is guaranteed to provide plenty of future doom listening, since they're specialists in combining melody and heavy groove into tuneage of lasting quality. Does that description sound like a certain American doomster of renown? If it reminds you of Wino, then you won't be surprised to learn that he guests on 'From the Bottom of These Days'. The title track and 'Mother Sand and Father Stone' are particularly fine examples of their craft as well.

I've read about complaints as to the quality of their lyrics. I've got no problem with them, but I'll tell you what: If you don't like their lyrics (which are in English, despite their Magyar ethnicity) then why don't you write some brilliant doom lyrics in Hungarian, and submit them to the band for their next album? That should even things out. For the rest of you WoS.-curious doomsters: if you love early Abdullah, Trouble, Doomshine, VoodooShock, The Obsessed and most of all Place of 'Effin Skulls, then you'll want to satisfy your huge riff jones with 'Sun Faced Apostles'. It's their best yet.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. On Pain of Birth
2. Sun Faced Apostles
3. Ship of Stake
4. Labyrinths
5. From the Bottom of These Days
6. Time of the Goblins
7. The River
8. Mother Sand and Father Stone

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes.

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