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Worship : Worship/Loss Split

This is another must-have release for lovers of underground extreme doom. Both the legendary Worship and relative newcomers Loss show us that they're up for some more years of aural doom torture.

There's been a lot of discussion about the 'new' Worship on the internet over the past few years, mostly centered around whether or not the band would be worth anything without the contribution of the late Max Varnier. Well, the answer is pretty easy. If you thought Worship was all about Max and the cult surrounding the band, you won't like the new material. Simple as that. On the other hand, if you thought that Worship was about hope-crushing über-doom, this new one goes pretty well with the old material. The new track lies somewhere between the sound on the 'Last ... Before Doomsday' album and that on the various splits. Not as empty-sounding as the album, but not as raw as the splits. Besides that, this still sounds like Worship to me. It's slow, heavy doom, it's got that characteristic lead guitar and deep growls, plus it's got a new style acoustic guitar interlude to spice things up a little. Simply good stuff, and my expectations for the upcoming 'Dooom' album are high.

Loss is, like I said, a newcomer in the scene. Their demo was released as a tape by Weird Truth Productions in 2004 [edit by editor: It was also released on CDr by the band], and I was very impressed by their mournful, melodic funeralish doom style. This new track has a bit of a different approach, but for some reason both the old and new material remind me most of Mournful Congregation. That is to say, Loss manage to sound a lot like MC. in terms of atmosphere, without sounding like a copycat. What we're left with is no-frills melodic modern doom, which should be a treat for any doomster. Listening to the last fading riff on 'An Ill Body Seats My Sinking Sight', I know Loss will be able to make an absolutely killer debut album in the future.

So, yet another quality 7" from the dark forges of Belgium. Fred Painiac has an ear for this kind of stuff, and it's possible to blindly buy stuff from the suicidal doom series. You just know it's gonna be good. This latest split has some macabre cover art by N. Solieri, and it's limited to 400 pieces. So, hop to it!

Life is pain, get used to it...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Devived

2. An Ill Body Seats My Sinking Sight

Duration : Approx. 16 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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