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Weed Priest : Weed Priest

Weed Priest plays Stoner/Doom by the book, with a bunch of occult mumbo-jumbo thrown into the mix.

I heard about Weed Priest two years ago, through a discussion on our forum about Irish Doom bands. The name struck a chord with me, mostly because of the association of words: Weed Priest, ain't that a cool name? I pretty much thought the band had disappeared until this CD popped up into my mail box. Now, with a name conjuring up the oldest occult forces, was I expecting something Cthulhu-ish along the lines of Wreck Of The Hesperus? Of course not: when your name contains the words 'weed' and 'priest', you can be sure that the music will be more like that played by bands such as Electric Wizard and Sleep.

Which is exactly the case: Weed Priest plays Stoner/Doom by the book, with a bunch of occult mumbo-jumbo thrown into the mix. That could make them another name on the long list of Electric Wizard wannabes, but that definitively is not the case. While the main riffs indeed hark back to the days of 'Dopethrone', the way the songs are arranged sound more like 'Holy Mountain' ('Walpurgia' sounds a bit like 'Dragonaut') partying like it's 1969 with 'Masters Of Brutality'. Weed Priest has that kind of sick groove that makes Church Of Misery such an enjoyable act, and this is what makes them stand on their own as a band.

Suffice it to say, this one hour long first release is an absolute blast. The atmospheres are creepy and muddy, the songs long enough to manage to build a great crescendo (each around 10 minutes plus), the riffs alternate soothing moments with sonic mayhem, and the vocals sound like they come out of a black mass conducted high on peyotl. In some ways, this sounds a bit like the French band Huata, albeit with some old Hard Rock riffs. For a first album, Weed Priest have set the bar quite high, and it'll be hard for their contenders to beat that. A must-have for any fan of Stoner/Doom done the old, occult way.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Final Spell
2. Erichto
3. Walpurgia
4. Thy Kingdom Gone
5. Weed Priest
6. Day Of Reckoning

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-04-08 by Laurent Lignon
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