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shEver : A Dialogue With The Dimensions

This ShEver’s little EP shows a great honest talent and indicates how girls also like playing with mud...

Whenever you think Sludge, a big fat beardy guy covered with tatoos comes and asks you if you wouldn’t have some weed to share by any chance. Only normal if you think Sludge is a male business. But wouldn’t you jump out of joy if this fat greasy bumpkin were a fit sexy lady? As tough and as angry on top of it?!

Man, if I love female fronted Doom band, I love even more only female Doom outfits! Names? Grey, Bloodov, Murkrat, Subrosa (ok, that one I like it less, but nevertheless, women in Doom are like witches on a crowded sunny beach, so out of place, but so delightful.)... and out of Switzerland, you also have the foursome shEver that ought to get a place of honour in that list I enjoy keeping updated.

ShEver’s Doom is sludgy like warm fetid sludgy swamps. On that aggressive ground, you can easily compare them with Grief or Aldebaran. Pretty much all the girls scream, growl and shout in this hot droning mass; at least three out of four – and really, you wouldn’t guess those porky, goblin-like spits of hate and thundering imprecations would come out of a girl’s throat... even the cleaner parts sound like howling sailors under the full-moon.

The songs have a kind of apocalyptic vibe, both in the lyrics, the way it is vocally vomited and the ultra-super-gloomy-heavy instrumentation. The loose bass vibrates, pounding ugly and thick notes upon you skull, the drumming is dry and sharp - each time a cymbal is hit, it leaves you with a bloody scar, the guitar is used to emphasise the depth of the mood, progressing by plodding phrases; none of the instrument ever shines in the forefront. The broth is concentrated and each element has its equal share in it, delivering a sick and slow groove that will make you nod your head like a dribbling zombi.

’A Dialogue With The Dimensions’ is a hell of a little EP, made of four tracks, it shows a great honest talent and indicates how girls also like playing with mud and roaming in dysentery-infested landscapes.
If you like Sludge Doom, go blindly for it; it’s fueled with a sane anger and it's crushing as hell.

Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Transformed into Sadness
2. Doomsky
3. Hagazussa
4. High & Turning

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

Visit the shEver bandpage.

Reviewed on 10-07-2010 by Bertrand marchal
Hate Your Guts Records
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