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Blood Farmers : Permanent Brain Damage

The sound of Blood Farmers is a mixture of old school traditional doom metal and bay area style thrash. In other words, it's a marriage of Metallica’s 'Metallica' (AKA "The Black Album") era and early Black Sabbath. The vocals of singer Eli Brown are very much in the vein of James Hetfield, the vocalist of Metallica, making him one of the few doomsters to ever use this kind of vocals.

It should probably be mentioned that the music can be slightly stoner-ish at times, giving the otherwise really heavy music a laid back vibe. Some of the tracks also have sound clips from different 70s horror movies. Since the band is in particular a fan of the horror flicks by Dario Argente, I'm guessing that at least some of the clips are from there. One of the clips is on the bonus track, and it lasts nearly 10 minutes.

The tracks on this demo vary between a whole 14 minutes and 5 minutes in length. This means that while there are only six tracks on the CD, it still lasts over an hour. Another notable thing is that the track 'Bullet In My Head' is also present on the bands only album; 'Blood Farmers', but in a different version.

Despite being a band that has only released two releases during it's existence, this is a classic which all fans of heavy traditional doom should own. In fact, fans of grooving traditional doom should be on the lookout for this one as well. This is definitely one of the traditional doom releases that have impressed me the most.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Behind the Brown Door
2. Bullet in My Head
3. Veil of Blood (Scream Bloody Scream)
4. St. Chibes
5. Deathmaster
6. Awakening of the Beast (Live In NYC 1996) (Bonus Track)

Duration : Approx. 64 minutes

Visit the Blood Farmers bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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