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Gammatron is an instrumental band, which is something quite unusual in Doom...

Here’s a band and an album that show quite a few particularities... First, the name and the cover seem directly related to the Transformers toys and movies, what is completely incongruous within the context of Doom Metal; but on the other hand, not at all a problem per se. Secondly, Gammatron is an instrumental band which is something quite rare in Doom… I think psychedelic and Stoner vibes are more conducive to instrumental compositions, especially live with lots of improvisations… but why not adapting this kind of songwriting to Doom? Could be interesting.

This Australian trio recently self-released this first album of theirs. It seems almost impossible to get more infos on the band than what I’ve already told above. That’s not very helpful to get the Gammatron’s name exposed and it’s pretty weird in this internet era.

Musically the guys deliver some heavy Rockin’ Doom where you can heard influences from the Maryland typical sound ('Fallout' and 'Drift Valley'), something really catchy with a sustained pace, alternating powerful mid-tempos with darker moments (without ever lapsing into typical ethereal atmospheres). While all the stuff is composed by Luis, 'Dark Moon That Glows' is different, the composition of this one track has been shared with Jamie, and unlike the other 5 songs it’s the only one that has vocals and solos on it; I’m not too fond of the vocals, they sound too ‘organic’ or post-something, but the more harmonious and developed guitarwork is certainly something to go deeper into in the future, considering the average time of each song is about 3 minutes, it certainly would allow longer and richer compositions...

Well, nothing too technical, nor really new and original, just simple and direct. But I must admit that the more I listen to it, the more I get into it. Sure that if the band really wants to make a name for themselves on the Doom scene and not to go round in circles too quickly, they’ll have to make their music more complex. But as for now this is an interesting debut, which, on a side note, will just cost you the modest price of €6...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Nibiru
2. Unearthed
3. Fallout
4. Dark moon that glows
5. Blind
6. Drift valley

Duration : Approx. ?? minutes

Visit the Gammatron bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-06-10 by Steph Le Saux
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