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Abdullah : Demo #3

Indeed this is the missing link between the second demo and the sound on 'Snake Lore'. What I didn't expect was that this is just as good as their self-titled LP or 'Snake Lore'. Actually both the track 'Conundrum' and 'Now Is The Winter' have been re-recorded on the aforementioned s/t.

The sound on this album is pretty much the same as on the s/t, but with a slightly lower quality on the recording. The tracks are actually a tad doomier as well. All sludge tendencies have been lost. This is pure high quality stoner/doom.

The track 'Deep River' is different from the others though. It should also be mentioned that even though there is a song on the first demo with the same name, it's not the same song. This is a very nice and romantic acoustic ballad. Most people would never be capable of singing this song without making it sound false. Jeff Shirilla, the vocalist, does an excellent job and proves once and for all the value of his voice.

I would consider this the most important collectors item for Abdullah fans. For those who just happen to enjoy slightly epic and laid back stoner/doom and comes across this demo, it's almost surefire that you'll enjoy it. However since a third of the demo is on the s/t record, the cash might bring more musical value from that LP.

This concludes my research in Abdullah's history from their first demo, to the modern sound of the band. What I haven't said is probably best left for the music to tell for itself, for those who wants to repeat my journey that is.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wading In Dark Water
2. Long Gone
3. Now Is The Winter
4. Deep River
5. Conundrum
6. A Tribute To My Apathy

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes

Visit the Abdullah bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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