|If Heretic's Fork is any indication, it looks like the influence of one of Rhode Island's favorite sons, H.P. Lovecraft, has pervaded the whole southeastern New England region. These guys show some serious aptitude when it comes to playing heavy, doom-laden dirges loaded with atmosphere to the point that someday I expect to hear their music in a film soundtrack as some obscure cult calls forth its ancient gods.|
Although the CD artwork - heavy on the skulls and crosses, thank you - is pretty much straight orthodox doom, the musical influences tell a somewhat different story. 'Seed', for example, begins all atmospheric and doomy, shifting into a Melvins-like break, overlaid with bellowed, trance-inducing vocals reminiscent of Sleep's 'Dopesmoker'. This is followed by 'Minus One', and if you like the live version of 'Floyd's 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun', you'll love this dirge-like tune as it lurches to its final climax. In addition, you'll hear lots of Tool and 'Sabbath mixed into the proceedings, not to mention the heavy sonic experimentation of 'Aphasiapersilence'.
The packaging on this puppy is professional, and so is the sound quality and musicianship. You know, it's a pity to think that a band like this, who could play most shit you hear on the radio under the table, is toiling away in New England. You can right the karmic balance by contacting these dudes to pick up on some heavy-duty melancholy. After all, if Lovecraft were alive today, I'd be willing to bet that he'd do the same.
3. Minus One
4. Sweet Life
Duration : Approx. 43 minutes
Visit the Heretic's Fork bandpage.