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Pilgrim : Misery Wizard

Pilgrim's members are young, and that you can hear in their music...

Ever heard of that new swell power-trio, all in their early twenties, that plays Doom Metal the way it was meant to be and pours scorn on anything not Traditional? Well, you're not in 2002 and it's not Reverend Bizarre, just the first album of Rhode Island based Pilgrim and we're in 2012. But as far as it goes, Pilgrimís Doom has not that much in common with what the finns used to play, except it grows on the same roots.

The Pilgrim guys are young, and that you can hear in their music. While well-played, this is also pretty unoriginal, except maybe the dirt heavy sound that makes you wonder if you haven't made a mistake and are not listening to a very classic Doom version of Moss. Frankly, you can even say that the music of Pilgrim is damn monotonous, streching out the same riff over and over again and sometimes : look!! A solo!! Still, the recipe works well enough and for a first album, this is pretty well-done. But the question one could ask is simple : do we need Pilgrim? Don't think I'm bashing the band, but I still think that if Fenriz (you know, the guy from Darkthrone, or 'Metal Archives On Blog') hadn't been all praises for the first demo of the band (released in 2011), then maybe they wouldn't have been signed by Metal Blade Records.

But there's one thing I appreciate a lot in those guys : they assume EVERYTHING. They're young and they just want to play Doom like the way elders did back in the old days, and this is exactly what you'll get on 'Misery Wizard': in fact, it'd be very difficult to find something that'd be more Doom than this album. This is so Doom that it should be used as example to explain 'how to play Doom'. This is a no-holds-barred, uncompromising, straight-to-the-point album, whose music goes back to the days where a Doom Metal band wasn't absolutely trying to show how nice the collection of NWOBHM record of its members was (yeah, I'm talking about you, The Lamp Of Toth). Every song is around 10 minutes long, and you won't have a hard time learning the few sentences that serve as lyrics (songs about 'The Legend Of Zelda' video games...I've lived long enough to hear that). And it works, but nothing more. The demo had a fuzzy sound and a garage vibe that made it worth purchasing, but the album is just the same thing with a better sound (in fact, too clean for that kind of music if you ask me).

This is frustrating because it's clear to me that Pilgrim had a lot of potential, but so far they seems to prefer to stay on something more classic and absolutely unpersonal. Blame that on their young age, one could say. This is neither the best nor the worst Doom album you'll heard this year, just a rather average release. They're not the next Reverend Bizarre, just apt pupils. Only the future will tell us if they're worthy of becoming masters themselves.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Astaroth
2. Misery Wizard
3. Quest
4. Masters Of The Sky
5. Adventurer
6. Forsaken Man

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

Visit the Pilgrim bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-03-14 by Laurent Lignon
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