Dutch trio House of Exorcism are just getting going. The file they have posted on their Thee Facebooks profile is dubbed “First Test Recording,” and sure enough, it’s pretty raw. I mean, not raw in terms of production or in terms of lacking a coherent take on the doom they’re trying to convey, but, you know, still probably raw in comparison to what’s to come.
Guitarist Richard Schouten (who also works as an illustrator and plays guitar in the death metal outfit Acrostichon) started the project with himself on guitar, bass and programming, and soon signed Astrosoniq‘s Marcel Van De Vondervoort on to handle drums and other percussion. The only voices on “First Test Recording” — which you can see on the YouTube clip below has been renamed “Black Sunday” — are from samples, but with Bart Smits (formerly of The Gathering) handling vocals going forward, some singing is bound to show up.
So if nothing else, then, “Black Sunday” serves as first notice for some of the stylistic territory House of Exorcism might be working in, though the band seem quick to point out their doom isn’t limited to the traditional. It should be interesting to see what these players of varied backgrounds can come up with working together. Seven and a half minutes of woeful plodding isn’t a bad start.
Check out “Black Sunday” from YouTube: