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Bad Boat : Lonely Doom (reissue)

At their best, Bad Boat play up-tempo doom metal heavily influenced by 1990ís Cathedral and Southern rock.

Reunited after a three-year split, Northern Irelandís Bad Boat is apparently trying to drum up interest with a reissue of their 2009 EP Lonely Doom. Itís as good a place as any to start. At their best, they play up-tempo doom metal heavily influenced by 1990ís Cathedral and Southern rock. This is a style of music thatís never been more (or less) timely, appealing to a subset of folks who donít really care what year it is.

The record starts on the title track, a fantastic Cathedral/Sabbath/Corrosion of Conformity number with swagger straight out of the former Confederate States of America. Two-pack-a-day singing and a hefty bass tone complete the package. Sadly, the rest of the short-player is not nearly as entertaining. The second track is a cover that manages to be both dull and insistent, the doom equivalent of todayís top 40 charts (at least in the US). The last two are perfectly serviceable, brooding cuts, but are more or less interchangeable and forgettable.

Given the EP was recorded before the band reunited, Iím not sure whether it says anything about their future. But if they can make a proper album with the feel of the song ďLonely Doom,Ē then good things might just be in store.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lonely Doom
2. Mechanical World
3. Lucky to Be Breathing
4. Uphill Struggle

Duration : Approx. 26 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-04-17 by Kelly Hoffart
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