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Various Artists : Clone - Play Slow . Die Fast Vol. I

This is the first of four 12" which will make up Blind Date Records' clone series. The inlay describes the theme: "The clone series pays tribute to the roots of doom and sludge bands. Hardcore, punk, metal and rock classics played in a slow and heavy manner." In other words, this is a degeneration of the past, turning it into doom. The ideology is entirely correct in my (biased) opinion. What is not doom should be doomed!

Several of these tracks seem really hard to convert into doom metal. Therefore I'm greatly impressed that most of the bands here pull off that conversion with flying colors (of doom). Atavist's cover of 'Mindless' is an exception, though. It's a half a minute long death metal track with the pace of grindcore. A half a minute of music is not enough to ruin a record, but I can't help but ask myself why it's there at all.

Most of the tracks covered come from aggressive genres like punk, hardcore, death metal, and similar. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the covers found here have kept that aggression. In fact, some have actually gotten their aggression turned up a notch. Another good thing about this compilation is that the covers are all made of tracks that stand out as really good for the bands that provided them. Hence, if the bands have done their job, and so most of them have, the covers too would be tracks that excel in the ways of the originals. It all adds up to a quality release.

The general dirty, heavy, and aggressive feeling which envelops this compilation is undeniably true to the doom/sludge standards. So I have no doubt that it's the doom/sludge fanatics which will most greatly appreciate this release. I had never heard of many of the bands found on this release before I actually bought it, but even the bands with less prestige behind them do really well. Therefore I would also recommend this as an exploration of new bands from the doom/sludge scene.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Blueprint (Fugazi) 1990
The Austrasian Goat:
2. Mask (Bauhaus) 1981
3. Mindless (Infest) 1988
4. Ebony Tears (Cathedral) 1990
5. A Look at Tomorrow (Discharge) 1981
La Cuenta:
6. It's in My Blood (BL'AST) 1987
7. Dead in a Ditch (D.R.I) 1988
H.C. Minds:
8. Black Machine (Cirith Ungol) 1984

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes.

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Reviewed on 03-11-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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