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Horrors Of The Black Museum : Horrors Of The Black Museum

These French doomsters have one of the most intriguing names I've thus far come across. While it made me expect something far darker and more sinister than the music really is, it still fits perfectly. The ghosts screaming in agony on the front cover also feels a tad misleading to me. This is not an extreme doom band of any kind, this is actually very deep stoner/doom.

The band has very strong similarities to Abdullah's early period (up to and including the self-titled debut album), then in particular, the second track, 'Meia Noite' (which is Spanish for "midnight"). Even the vocalist is almost indistinguishable from Abdullah's front man Jeff Shirilla. What sets them apart is the fact that Horrors Of The Black Museum is not laid back at all. On the contrary; the music is often very negative and with lyrics which could be expected from a sludge/doom band. Truly, you don't find the text "In bed with my memories, and a bottle of liquor. When the bottle hits the ground, I know I will be gone" in the booklets of most stoner/doom bands. Finally, these guys also use a few additional instruments, including a church organ and a piano.

Despite walking partially on already traveled musical paths and the demo being a tad short, I consider this a very promising band. The songs aren't catchy as you would expect from mainstream pop-music, but they still latch onto you. It's a concept that really works. It's unique enough to stand on its own, and now that Abdullah seems to be moving away from the doom scene, it appears they will have this niche all to themselves. Definitely one of the best demos from 2006.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Quiet Earth
2. Meia Noite
3. Deadbeat at Dawn

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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