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Natas : Natas/Dragonauta Split

This split involves two groups from Argentina; a well-established stoner group (Natas) and a new, up-and coming doom band (Dragonauta). Whilst Natas' offers excellent stoner rock, which shows a remarkable degree of musical growth, Dragonauta is of particular interest by virtue of the fact they are one of only a few South American doom outfits.

I was lucky enough to get Dragonauta's self-titled demo earlier this year. That demo has been improved upon and now has better sound, and forms the other half of this split.

There's no doubt as to the doomy nature of this band, but these guys are no 'Sabbath rip-offs, or even Wino wannabes for that matter. As the disc says, this is "30 minutes of pure magic doom, heavy on the drugs, please". The renderings of mushrooms on the inner sleeve tip you off, not to mention song titles like 'Guardian del Hongo' (Mushroom Hound).

The music is first-class doom: long songs, quiet, meandering sections contrasted with loud, crashing guitars and drums, and clean, double-tracked, expressive vocals. Vocalist Federico Wolman pushes it to the limit, from easy singing to demonic screaming and laughter, whilst guitarist Daniel Libedinsky proves himself to be a "Rey de las Chuleta" (master of chops), with his mind-death feedback and wah-wah attacks. The rhythm section, composed of bass player Martin Mendez and drummer Ariel Solito, weave in and out of the mix, providing finesse or hitting you over the head with a tire iron as needed.

And check out the band photos - those are some cool 70s-looking dudes. It's obvious that these guys know their psychedelic and doom history, the song-writing shows careful attention to the craft with thousands of hours of music listening behind it.

Anyone into 'Sabbath, Obsessed, Cold Mourning, Spirit Caravan, etc. should do themselves a favour and get hold of this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Xanadu
2. El Pappo
3. El Convoy
4. Tiempes Violentos
5. Bodokentorten

6. Astroinfierno
7. Hombre Monstruo
8. Guardian del Hongo
9. Profeta del Mar

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

Visit the Natas bandpage.

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