Old Man Gloom's aka Aaron Turner (ISIS) and Santos Montano (Zozobra) are a post-metal, post-math, post-hardcore, post-rock riff generator. Originally released in 1999, their debut ‘Meditations In B’ is a dark record combining the elements of doom and metal to create an underlying presence that is disturbingly haunting.
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- Meditations In B by Old Man Gloom
6/10 Robin Staff review, 22 April 2015
A crew of sludgy old men birthed from many a Hydra Head, Deathwish and Southern Lord affiliated band -- of the heavy realm, basically -- Old Man Gloom have been taken away from their original love -- be it elegiac post-metal or slowed hardcore -- to make this, a piece of drawn out and wheezed in filth. Hearing ‘Meditations In B’ for the first time is like the opposite of doing the spinning chair thing to become an astronaut -- these slow, nullified guitars and their cruel low end will make you walk about ten times slower, and the drums will gnaw away at whatever energy thought you had.
If you’ve been recommended this on the strength of one of these artist’s old bands, be it Isis or Doomriders, then you have been had: Old Man Gloom are bringing a different kind of distaste, brandishing the kind of sluggish chords Harvey Milk would, but with a muddier production and a more ambient attention to detail. These songs don’t always need to be punctuated by a storming drumbeat, occasionally treating the chugfest as the whole spectrum of sound, creating a new type of brief stoner drone. Of course, if you’re looking, there’s plenty of skramz hatred, too: it’s just piled behind the dirge.
These folks have been playing in very seminal and very heavy bands for a long time, but this kind of slow isn't for all of them, and the experimentation with sludge abstraction sounds silly when they try and balance it next to the usual stuff. If you’re down with the usual hate suspects, though, you’re probably listening to this already.
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