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Grave Siesta : Grave Siesta

Grave Siesta sound exactly like a return of the Reverend Bizarre's Return To The Rectory only played Stoner style.

Whatever happened to Finland? Pioneer in the Funeral Doom and Traditional Doom genres (well, at least its revival), it seems that just about every new band that wants to play Doom there either follows the trail of Shape of Despair/Colosseum or that of the Reverend Bizarre/Spiritus Mortis. Not such a bad thing since those are quality acts but it is kind of getting old.

And now come Grave Siesta which play Stoner Doom.

Hurrah! Time for some change? Well, not quite so because they sound exactly like a return of the Reverend Bizarre's Return To The Rectory only played Stoner style. So just try and imagine Acrimony or Kyuss with the sound of the Reverend and you get a pretty good picture of Grave Siesta's own sound. The resemblance is made even more obvious with Taito Halonen mimicking Albert’s vocals down to the very note (not mentioning the bio pics in the cemetery!).

It doesn’t make the record sound bad though. This “original” treatment is actually tasty but the formula wears down quite fast and by the time you reach the last two tracks, it kind of feels old and not that original in the end. The said formula was somehow previously experimented on the Opium Warlords’ debut (Albert, why the fuck are you everywhere?) but the variety of this record made it somehow easier to digest.

There are no drastic flaws to be found on Grave Siesta’s debut. It actually displays solid and at time quite catchy songwriting but you definitely have to be a hardcore Reverend Bizarre fan to get into it and really enjoy it. I did to a certain extent. Will you?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Work Enslaves
2. Barbaric
3. Trails of the Pyramid Builder
4. Cancer Appreciation Song
5. Meles Infernus
6. Hanging Expectation
7. Guilt

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-02-21 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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