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Philistine : Consume and Devour

From the initial description of Philistine, what I expected, and what I heard are certainly very different things. The band is billed as playing a sludgy, at times almost drone-like doom. Okay, I can see that, however I have a very difficult time comparing this band to the likes of, say, Grief, and Khanate. Instead, the very first thing I am reminded of, is the mighty Zaraza.

Indeed, Philistine have a very cold, and sterile industrial sound. This is especially evident in the drums - which, are like this, partly due to the mechancial sound of the cymbals, and also due to the overal mix - and also in the guitar tone, which, at times, almost sounds like the buzzing of an evil space creature from an old sci-fi movie. The one thing which did remind me of sludge, was the vocal style... mostly a low, gruff, and slightly hardcore-ish voice, which actually fits the music very well... and makes Philistine sound distinct from Zaraza in this department. It is also interesting to note some of the ambient/drone-like experimentations which can be heard in the last few tracks. Curiously, these reminded me most of I Dream No More, the more experimental tracks of Fall of the Grey-Winged One, and Sine Die.

So, ultimately, the question is, are Philistine sludge/drone doom? ...or are they industrial death/doom? If I had to pick one, I would certainly go for the latter. In the end, however, it doesn't matter what category the band are placed in, as their blend of doom makes for an interesting, and innovative sound. This album is highly recommended for those who like to experience something new. More information can be found at: philistine.sexfordrugs.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Radiance of a Thousand Suns
2. Smell the Blood
3. Voluntary Extinction
4. Crushed Under the Temple's Collapse
5. So He May Die
6. Infesation
7. Jain
8. Womb Locust

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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