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The Last Supper : The Last Supper

The Last Supper is a journeyman traditional doom group from southwestern Germany. They've been around since '03, and have obviously immersed themselves in like-minded doom groups such as Place of Skulls, Wall of Sleep, VoodooShock, and Stereochrist. It's equally obvious that they've learned a lot, coming a long way down that crucial road wherein they take the classic 'Sabbath sound as their point of departure, honing their own version in the process.

Trad doom is one of the hardest genres in all of underground music in which to create your own, readily identifiable sound. It really separates the pretenders from the contenders. As such, you'll inevitably realize that you've heard much of what The Last Supper brings to the table (heh) before. The group is more than adequate to the task: Christian on organ lends a refreshingly retro sound, as if Keith Emerson were sitting in, Ian and Joe's guitar tone is crunchy perfection, and Blumi's percussion is adept and right-on. In the minus column, many of the songs have the same mid-paced rhythm for which trad doom is known, lending a same-ness to the music that makes the demo seem over-long, and Stefan's vocals have a strained quality that can become monotonous. The vocals shine best in the laid-back 'Song of Gulbaz', where they present a pleasing melodicism, once again presenting the paradox that many heavy groups actually sound amazingly good when they turn down and melody up, if you know what I mean. Other standout tracks are the Christian-themed opener 'Golgotha', the raucous 'Mutable Overdose', and the stomping 'Nailed'.

The Last Supper offers up a meaty chunk of riffing doom that any trad doomster will want to check out, if for no other reason than to see what the up-and-comers are up to. An even better method would be to check 'em out live.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Golgotha
2. Farewell
3. Further
4. Deliverance Pt. 1
5. Mutable Overdose
6. All That Remains
7. Song of Gulbaz
8. Within/Without
9. Elusive
10. Deliverance Pt. 2
11. Final Thought
12. Dead Sun
13. Nailed

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

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