Monday, November 20, 2017

Neither God Nor Master - EP1 (2017)

Neither God Nor Master is a band snaking their way out of Brooklyn, New York bearing the weight of their debut, "EP1". This is a release that's way too short for the massive sound that it introduces, featuring only two songs of heavy, sinister stoner doom. Musically, it's molasses - thick and slow churning with a sound that you'll get caught in. Then once you're good and stuck, vocals reach out from beyond the veil of death, all arcane and reverberating, and run over everything like water that keeps the songs flowing. The first track "The Weedologue" feels like a cross between a funeral procession and a journey through the desert Dopesmoker-style. While on the trek, the song seems to draw out all of the ghosts that have been haunting your mind and lay them bare right before your eyes. But then it all dies suddenly on a Sweet Leaf inspired coughing fit before slinking into the next song, "Who Placates The Fire". This is a tune full of spine-tingling evil with riffs that slog through the darkness. The vocals here make you feel like you're slipping away like a grain of sand in an hourglass, eventually descending into the abyss. EP1 is awesome, but goddamn, two songs is not enough! I'm going to need EP 2, 3, 4, 5, and a full-length! -Brandon

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