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Without God : Circus Of Freaks

Without God: "Stay stoned and buried in sludge in the name of DOOM!"

"You know where to go, come on baby it's party time...". With their opening lyrical shot on this, their second full length, you can be reasonably sure Russian groove-mongers Without God aren't about to rage at the political machine ad nauseum and neither will they disappear in a cloud of their own abstract, mystical avantgardism designed to keep the uninitiated at bay. No sir, it's simply time to smoke up and get down. Straight up, it's time to rock! Welcome then, to the 'Circus of Freaks'.

There's no messing around here. Save for the two seconds or so of feedback at the start of track one we're immediately into the kind of Trad/Stoner realms that bring to mind images of Orange amps, SG's, and lots of like-minded people having a large dose of fun. So if the old Seasonal Affective Disorder is cramping your style and the sun lamp and St Johns Wort aren't quite doing their thing, then consider getting a copy of 'Circus of Freaks' and blasting it at high volume. Might be just the ticket.

If Cathedral were handing out musical batons in the late nineties then Without God certainly got one ('Mushroom Man' is as good as anything they wrote during that time). There's a 'bit' (laughs) of early Sabbath in here, as well as a metallic edge la Corrosion of Conformity from days of yore, and more than a passing resemblance to current UK Tradsters Enos, but happily thrown together in this way with the fantastic production this album boasts, it's almost impossible not to like.

The double whammy of 'Seven Sins' and 'Everything Decays' is probably the highlight of the album, and proof that great riffs, hooks and tunes can still be written in this style, sounding fresh, vibrant and frankly 'kick-ass'. This is in no small way due to the fact that Without God aren't afraid of the 'guitar solo'. It's truly gratifying to hear them wah'd and flanged neatly in amoungst the proceedings, to such great effect that you may well need a tennis racket to help exorcise those rock n' roll demons itching to get out from under the skin.

If either of the Trad or Stoner scenes are in danger of, or actually are, stagnating, then no one's told Without God, who play to their strengths, and with a healthy dose of heartfelt enjoyment. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel, and why would they, when the wheel in question is working just great thank you very much. They're playing a style of music the way they feel it should be played, and they play it well. Damn well. As the liner notes dictate, "Stay stoned and buried in sludge in the name of DOOM!". Sounds good to me.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Circus Of Freaks
2. Where The Sun Doesn't Shine
3. Mushroom Man
4. Flood
5. Seven Sins/Everything Decays
6. Fear
7. Helter Skelter
8. Good Evil

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-12-16 by Matt Halsey
Aesthetic Death
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