8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 10 October 2013
Wow, this vinyl looks pretty amazing. It’s a gold/black swirl and it looks like it’s been made with magic. It is of course those stoner doom merchants Bong, with some rumbling deep space jams which were recorded in the summer of 2009. You’re probably used to hearing Bong releases with so much intensity they’d peel a grapefruit at 100 yards, but this time they’re being very restrained as they slooooowly unfurl a dark tapestry of throbbing sub-bass, droning guitars, and a focus on the shahi baaja (a modified electric zither) of Benjamin Freeth and some gothy vocal warblings from Holly Forster.
Over on the other side they do crank up the intensity a little, but it’s still a shimmering soup of cold, hard drones, slow doom beats and churning guitar thrum, pounding away trance-like through the entire length of the side with a mounting sense of urgency as the chords slowly but inevitably ascend. This is much more what I was expecting from this record, although the slower, spacier jam on side A did showcase a welcome new side to their pitch-black aesthetic. Music this repetitive and oppressive isn’t for everyone, but those of you who are after some dark, ritualistic space doom have come to the right place!
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