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Tombstones : Year of the Burial

Being already Tombstones' third album, it shows a remarkable lack of personality.



When you look back at the bands that have been really influential to the genre over the past 20 years, you simply cannot dismiss the importance of Sleep†; or, more specifically, of Al Cisneros. Tombstones are clearly influenced by Cisneros' various projects, especially OM and Shrinebuilder. What you'll get on this first album is a fine slab of US-styled Stoner Doom, slow as the rays of the sun lighting the side of the Gizah Sphinx and as heavy as that old relic of Egyptian lore. True to their influences, Tombstones are also quite interested in the mystical side of things.

The music is definitely of the kind that's better appreciated via headphones, or while meditating or simply live. Somewhat, this Norwegian band isn't very different from Saturnalia Temple, albeit with less influence from the frankincense (so to speak). This is some very heavy music, going out at a snailís pace and with a damn suffocating atmosphere. This is where Tombstones truly shines, for the way they push their music helps in bringing the mystical concept to life.

Also, this is also where Tombstones falls short. There is nothing here that we haven't heard before elsewhere, sometimes even done better. For what is their third album already, there is a curious lack of personality. However, it doesn't stop 'Year Of The Burial' from being one of those guilty pleasures worthy of your attention. If you're in need of a new band practicing a well-explored style and doing it well, then give this album a spin or two. It won't surprise you, but you won't be disappointed either.


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Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
Unveiling
Silent Voice
Quintessential
Egypt
Year Of The Burial
Sabbathian

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-06-11 by Laurent Lignon
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