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Surtr : Surtr

Slowly but surely, northern France is starting to become a heaven for an emerging scene of traditional Doom bands, After The Bottle Doom Lazy Band and Children Of Doom, here comes +Surtr+ with their first demo. This one was recorded when the band was a duo, and the lack of bass can be heard more than one time.

Musically, can you say 'Black Reverend of the Bizarre Sabbath'? +Surtr+ follows the tradition of playing heavy, punchy and crunchy riffs, everything the Doom forefathers would be proud of, bringing nothing new among the bunch but actually never wanting to. Sometimes, being in well-known lands is enough pleasure.

The main flaw, apart from the lack of a bassist (which has since been recruited, making +Surtr+ a trio), are the vocals. Jeff is a damn good axe-wielder, but a poor singer, and sometimes it's painful to hear. Nothing that can't be corrected, either through rehearsals or the hiring of a throat to complete the line-up.

Right now, for a first self-release coming from France, +Surtr+ manage to deliver enough good stuff to be worth your support, and enough neck-breaking slow-paced riffs to make your head headbang nervously : ain't it what makes life good?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Part I
2. Part V
3. Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath cover)

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes

Visit the Surtr bandpage.

Reviewed on 17-05-2010 by Laurent Lignon
Forever Autumn
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