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The Doomsday Cult : Samarithans of Misery

This was a tough one to review because it's a cassette, and I no longer have a cassette player in my stereo setup. So I had to listen to it in my car, which means lots of interruptions and no opportunity to take notes. Not to mention the fact that I didn't receive any band information, just the tape. [editor note: that might have been my mistake :)] Yes, the life of a reviewer is often a trying one, heh heh. That said, however, this demo demands to be heard by all champions of riffing doom.

Gleaning info from the internet and the cassette insert, The Doomsday Cult are Swedish doomsters who have evidently taken a page from their Norwegian brothers in Thulsa Doom. All band members go by aliases, including Dr. Schnabel Von Doom, Dr. Mangler Von Doom, Jacobus Von Doom, and Per Pestilence Von Doom. So right away, I'm thinking that these guys don't take themselves too seriously. But then the music starts...

The sound, courtesy of producer Devo Andersson (ex-Marduk), is clear and slammin' - even grandiose - especially for a cassette. The music is slow, powerful doom metal, heavy on the riffs and fluid guitar solos, and heavier on the obeisance to everyone's favorite Birmingham doom lords. But this is not straight old-school, oh no! There is a contemporary, even romantic edge that pops up from time to time, most obviously in the short, bleak spoken word composition 'Year Zinia Pestis 1347'. One could never mistake these guys for an American doom group from, say, Maryland. Instrumentally, think of Mirror of Deception at their most 'Sabbathy. The vocals walk the fine line between deathy/raw and melodic - usually more the former than the latter - singing lyrics about plague, war, and of course DOOM.

This is heavy doom with lots of interesting contrasts. Anyone who loves the afore-mentioned Mirrors', Candlemass, or even Solitude Aeturnus will want this tape. And collector geeks take note: this is an edition of only 93 copies (mine is #20), and the insert card is printed on high-quality paper with cool graphics. Combine that with the great sound and you get a very high-quality demo indeed.

Band Contact: the_doomsday-cult@hotmail.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Like Leafs they Fall
2. Year Zinia Pestis 1347
3. Into the Fog
4. Sea of Deceitfulness

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

Visit the The Doomsday Cult bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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