Album of the Month

SubRosa return with their most Doom-oriented album to date, which proves to be yet another masterpiece.
(Read more)

Classic revisited

Random band

This band has apparently existed since 1992. They surfaced around 1997/98 briefly to release two obscure CDs which very little is known about. Age Of Storm
(read more)

Ponamero Sundown : Hard Rock

Ponamero Sundown hails from Stockholm, Sweden, a city which we Norwegians (from the neighbouring country) "know" as a place with very rough youth crowds. This is of course a stereotype likely made by too much negative TV news, and while there is probably some truth to this in some ways, I'd guess that this is incorrect in others. Nonetheless, this band seems very well fit for a tough social environment. They bite back in a way too fierce to be managed by the means of stoner rock alone. And fit for the demo title, the other half of the genre description is heavy rock.

'Heavy Rock' is probably the most headbanger friendly promo I've gotten in quite a while. It just keeps on pumping out powerful and fuzzy riffs where the structure is clearly borrowed from the 'Sabbath-ic school. Additional energy is brought to the music by vocalist Nicke Engwall who really strains his vocal cords. Though several of their tracks are slow to mid-paced, it's still, almost without exception, a relentless assault. Despite this it doesn't seem like it ever occurred to them to loosen the demands on advanced riffage, a trait that you'll hear throughout every track.

The lyrics all seem to be aimed from a rebel's point of view. They too remain quite oldschool, reminding me of a really impolite version of early Pentagram. It includes the mandatory confrontation with the Devil, quite personal issues with the society of today, and of course problems with women. There isn't the thing in the world worth not getting pissed over and this release is an anger ventilation continuum.

This is a much to high paced release to be aimed for the doom community, but for those who like 'Sabbath-ic stoner rock then this is perfect. It's catchy, it's both headbanger and air guitar friendly, it's old school traits shine through the hints of more modern influences, and it has no compromise. The fact that they aren't particularly original is not a problem since they more than make up for it in musical quality.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Black Widow
2. Hiding Inside
3. Devil's Sideshow
4. Sickness
5. Simple Man
6. Recycled Life
7. Heavy Rock

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes.

Visit the Ponamero Sundown bandpage.

Reviewed on 25-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
Advertise your band, label or distro on doom-metal.com