Current line-up: Dennis Pleckham - Guitar Nick Dellacroce - Guitar Ronald Petzke - Bass (MZRCDXVL) Daniel O'Connor - Drums
This, the 6th release from Chicago sludge masters Bongripper, is a welcome return to a crystal clear musical focus with fantastic production to elevate the heaviness of each and every riff. And make no mistake, this album, unlike Heroin (2007), is very much a guitar, bass, and wicked drum musical scape. No experimentation here, we are delivered 4 ear shattering slabs of "Satanic" themed sludge/ doom that ensure all 53 minutes and 14 seconds of sound hit the mark each and every time.
The band self released the album on August 13, 2010 thru Feretro Records, with a 300 copy version of a 12" platter, and a follow up Digipack CD release limited to 500 units. If you haven't got it now, chances are you ain't getting it anytime soon thru "legal" avenues.
Where Electric Wizard went hook ridden lo-fi with "Black Masses" (2010), Bongripper have brought us back to beefed up production values with "Satan Worshipping Doom" whilst retaining a "classic" sludge/ doom vibe. Rather than the lack of vocals hindering or detracting from the listening experience, the instumental approach enhances the musical journey and demands every ounce of concentration from the listener. Without a word we are transported through a satanic ritual via 4 tracks that steadily build and build as each song progresses.
Where the Heroin album left me "strung out" thru the noise-core style, Satan Worshipping Doom delivered my "fix" of no-nonsense solid stacked sludge that only tight riffage, thundering drums, and a rumbling bass can do.
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