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Laser Dracul : Laser Dracul (EP)

Short, snappy and grooving like it's 1972: Laser Dracul's 2016 demo gets a label repackaging.

This eponymous EP is a re-release of the magnificently named Laser Dracul's first demo from 2016. Hailing from the Swedish valleys, they formed in 2014 with the commendable intention, according to their facebook page, of enveloping us 'in doomy rock and/or metal, stale as decades of accumulated sweat, spilt ale and tobacco stains, like the broadloom of a very old English pub'. And for the most part with this first release, Laser Dracul have succeeded in their gnarly ambition. I'd even go so far as to add a couple of ingredients to their colourful image; a whiff of patchouli incense, perhaps, trying manfully, but just failing, to disguise the tell-tale smell of dope.

With just four tracks, albeit fairly lengthy ones, 'Laser Dracul' is short, but manages to pack plenty of Stoner groove into its brief 32 minute duration. Opening track, 'Black Moss' kicks off with a riff that has shades of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats' brand of piledriving Doom strut. Lyrically, it sets the tone for the rest of the EP with some fang in cheek schlock horror vampire references that evoke the classic Hammer movies of the 1970s and compliment the vintage sound of the music.

Longest track, 'Dying at Sunrise', which accounts for almost a third of the EP's running time, is definitely the highlight of this release. Beginning slowly with a melancholy Trad Doom riff and harsh growled vocals, things really start to get interesting around the halfway stage as the tempo speeds up to a furious pace and the song takes on a trippy psychedelic edge with some mind bending vocal effects and wild soloing. It displays Laser Dracul at their best and suggests that this could be a band to watch as their career progresses.

There's nothing wildly original on this debut release, but that clearly is not the intention. 'Laser Dracul' is a blast of fuzzy Stoner Doom that does everything well. Often, there is a sense of chaos, as though the whole thing could come crashing to a halt at any second, and this adds an air of insouciant swagger that adds to the rough and ready appeal of this band. Short, snappy and grooving like it's 1972, it's a very solid first release that whets the appetite for a full-length album.

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Black Moss
2. Dying At Sunrise
3. Dancing With Demons
4. Fear Of The Priest

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-05-26 by Nick Harkins
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