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Salome : Salome

Among the many great things to have graced the Doom scene over the last decade is the musical evolution of Sludge/Doom. First stating as a people-hating swamp-diving crack-smoking corpse-smelling lumbering behemoth, the genre that make most teenage Black Metal fans wet their pants with fear has started a curious mutation toward something more cold and sinister, yet still slow, muddy, and murky. Bands like Monarch, Black Shape Of Nexus, Habsyll or Bloody Panda are good examples of a music that take what’s needed from Punk/Crust more than the traditional old school Hardcore sound that Sludge used to be known for.

Salome is also a fine example of this New Wave Of Sludge Doom. Slow and Heavy as Fate itself, no problem. With a very small bunch of HxC riffs thrown into the mix. But most of all, cold as a kiss from the Grim Lady Reaper. In fact, sometimes Salome goes into the boundaries of the sickest Funeral Doom available around: think disEMBOWELMENT meets Buzzoven. For distortion is the name of the game here, and it's complemented by one of the most interesting production sound heard in Sludge for a long time. A weird, freezing, eerie sound, that capture images of modern ruins covered with rime... The numerous ideas found in 'Salome' (like the fact that you'll find no bass at all) makes the US band not only very original, but also enjoyable by a lot of different types of Doom fans.

Mention must be made of the incredible talent of female vocalist Kat. Now forget everything you know about female vocalist, for Kat has worked for Agoraphobic Nosebleed. And she's perfect here, alternating nerve-cutting screams with deep abyssal growls. The only downside I'll find to this album is its rather short duration. Just 44 minutes, with 20 ones used for the mammoth-like epic anthem 'Onward Destroyer' (the perfect combination of the US Dusk with Eyehategod). That's too short, and it just shows that Salome could gain a lot in expanding the length of the songs. In fact, if they continue in this way, they could just be the next BIG thing. They say that good Sludge is punishing music, then with Salome you've found your musical Frank Castle (that's The Punisher, for all you non-geeks out there).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Vivification Of Ker
2. White Tides
3. Black Tides
4. Onward Destroyer

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.

Visit the Salome bandpage.

Reviewed on 10-10-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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