Sonic Death are a Russian band, and Soft Shock / Destruction Of The World is their most widely distributed release to date, put out by both DiG Records and Köster Records. It is also their first foray onto vinyl, the 7” containing suitably energetic and crushing music for a band with the name Sonic Death.
7" on DiG / Kostёr.
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DiG deliver us this rather pretty sludge 7”, which sees Russian band Sonic Death play guitars in super slow motion, in a way reminiscent of psych rock -- if it never crossed the finishing line. The guitars are engineered to sound gloomy and full of dirty transcendence, but the chord sequence on this lovely side A is altogether nice. It’s a winning juxtaposition, and the band create some catchy riffs to go along with it, which they then make toil under a hot sun. Sonic Death live up to their name: they like solos, they like stoner rock, and they do silly, near-death-experience things like play what sound like harmonicas at pivotal moments.
On the flip a ferocious and languishing drum fill opens up a more overtly psych track with plenty of distortion and swirly pizzaz. It’s just as slow, in places, but the band open up more space, laying on the guitars less thick for a tune where you can hear the riffs rumbling their melodies along the tracks. After a Tame Impala-esque breakdown they switch gears, the tempo suddenly going high and wild before creasing back into the gruesome sludge of old. These riffs have gone here and there, walked the distance and then sprinted it, all in the name of rock ‘n’ roll. I hope they take a day off.
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