Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Review: Bong Breaker - Mountain

Riff connoisseurs rejoice.

Bong Breaker are a doom metal band hailing from the Netherlands. After initially releasing a two track demo in 2012, their first full-length album Mountain saw the light of day in January this year.


Despite only sporting 6 tracks, Mountain has a running time of 53 minutes and packs in more great riffs than you can bang a head at. All too often this brand of stoner seems completely devoid of musicality, but it's to their credit that Bong Breaker manage to retain a clear sense of melody and groove behind every riff. Refreshingly clean vocals (bar a little RAWRing in the title track) add a neat contrast to the whole sludgy package.

The wonderfully dark, slightly lo-fi production couldn't suit the music better, and it would probably sound great on cassette. Luckily, it's getting a cassette release later in the year.

My favourite moment on the album happens around 07:16 into Sins where the band unexpectedly venture into funk territory, a brief respite before the Earth-shattering DOOM that follows. 

Brutal.

Buy It!

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