|When I first popped the demo from these dutch doomsters in my CD drive, I was expecting sludgy, dirty doom... and, though these elements are present, they are certainly not as noticable as on the 'Days of Doom' rehersal track I'd heard before. My first impression of Lahar, was a groovy, doomy version of Motörhead... especially once Bert's vocals kicked in, as he sounds like, well, a doomier Lemmy. Certainly not bad company to be in.|
Lahar are definetly groovy. Unlike most groovy doom though, there isn't any trace of a stoner vibe. Instead, I am reminded of another groovy doom band, which had no stoner elements for their first few albums, Cathedral. Another impressive thing about this demo, is that it was recorded live... and this certainly gives the demo a raw edge. This doesn't work for many bands, but fits Lahar perfectly. It feels as if the band themsevles are about to come out of the speakers, and crush the skull of an unsuspecting listener.
To sum things up, if I had to choose three words to describe Lahar, they would be; groovy, raw, and crushing... not necessarily in that order. With a debut effort like this, Lahar are certainly destined for bigger, and greater things. It's only a matter of time before some label snaps them up. Information about the band, can be found here: www.circlesix.com
1. From Weakness
2. Words For Flesh
3. The Apocalypse Machine
Duration : Approx. 19 minutes
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