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Sleepbringer : Compendium

After a great start, Sleepbringer’s Sludgy Trad. Doom is going a bit downhill…

Sleepbringer come out of nowhere. Besides their bandcamp page, there’s not much info about the band. Playing some kind of Traditional Doom Metal laced with more or less apparent bits of Sludge, Sleepbringer do not intend to revolutionize the field of Doom Metal.

Still, the opening tracks of Compendium, namely ‘Eulogy’ and ‘The Old vs. The New (Testament)’ are fine tracks that succeed in creating some interest. It’s not much the Death Metal growls mixed with Traditional Doom that pricked my ears but rather some tasty music that has some punchy essence to it. The bass/drums duet clearly hits the spot offering some up-tempo rhythms especially with those decadent, almost funky, bass tones that sound as if borrowed from Trujillo’s parts in Infectious Grooves.

Main problem though, is that after these two great tracks it feels as if the quality of the material is going downhill. Not that it sucks, mind you, but what felt as a gush of fresh air on the opening tracks leaves room for something much more conventional and dare I say, not that inspired. At times, it felt as I were listening to some sub-par version of YOB but mostly it felt as a Black Shape of Nexus copycat. And unfortunately it borrows the same pluses and minuses from the aforementioned band: ie. it sounds good at first, loud and heavy as fuck, but it’s dragging you on forever also with little variations just like bands like Volition or Pyramido (on their first full-length at least) can do.

Still, can’t blame them for having put their two best songs firsthand in the record. At least you get that. At this stage, they can either choose to develop something a bit catchier, what they clearly can do should they want to, or stay in the miasmal underbelly of Sludge'ish minor acts (and we know there's quite the bunch out there).

Their call.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Eulogy
2. The Old vs. The New (Testament)
3. Procession
4. Everything You Know Is a Lie
5. Caravan of Martyrs
6. Double Shot of Fuck You
7. The Pallbearer’s Lament
8. I Am the Way into the City of Woe

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

Visit the Sleepbringer bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-08-02 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Aesthetic Death
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