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Pilgrim : Forsaken Man

If you have a taste for distortion-drenched retro Doom that sounds like Sleep, there's no reason not to download Pilgrim's demo... it's free!

The first, second and third things I liked about this demo were the olden-days, transfer-looking logo, the macabre renaissance-esque artwork, and the names of the band members. On drums, Krolg Splinterfist, Slayer of Man (nice), with Count Elric the Soothsayer on bass (deliciously absurd) and handling vocals... The Wizard. No name, no embellishment, just The Wizard. That's all you need to know about this man. Colour me intrigued, kind gentlefops.

Pilgrim are out of Rhode Island, and their excellently packaged demo tape ’Forsaken Man’ sounds as it looks; appropriately dire, dour dirges. The band are essentially a Sleep-worship outfit who paid plenty of heed to Reverend Bizarre during their short but significant career, melding the mammoth Sabbathian riffs of the former with the eloquently expressed despair of the latter. The demo's title song, a nine-minute heap of distortion and desolation, pushes its central guitar riff out like a person giving birth to a small horse. Now that my ghastly analogy is all you can think of, the reprieve in the middle of the song will seem all the sweeter.

'Quest', the other track here, begins and ends much in the style of the title track, but bursts into a jumpy, rocking riff halfway through that is pure, pure Black Sabbath adoration. Total ripoff of 'Black Sabbath'. Insanely great. Another reason Sabs had no need to get back together.

The Wizard howls his (admittedly very good) lyrics with some of the pained zest of Sir Albert Witchfinder (I feel like I'm writing a medieval penny dreadful... not one normal name has come up yet in this review. Dave Mustaine. Aaah. That all furthers the Rev Bizzy feel the material carries of course, although sapping a little originality. He ends 'Forsaken Man' with some much appreciated gasping growls however.

It all manifests with something approaching the zen production qualities of bands like Newcastle's fantastic Bong, or early Ocean Chief. This Soothsayer fellow's work on bass is very tasty, plunking along with the weight and jammy-ness of the aforementioned Swedish stoners and, along with the Slayer of Man, supplying a ton weight of bottom end to the whole thing.

This is on Bandcamp.com for free, so if you have a taste for distortion-drenched retro Doom that sounds like Sleep there's no reason not to check it out. The full-length cometh! Ah, I'm getting the hange of this olde Englishe talke.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Forsaken Man
2. Quest

Duration : Approx. 16 minutes

Visit the Pilgrim bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-02-07 by doom-metal.com
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