01. The Message
02. Terminal
03. Master Failure
04. Epidemic
05. An Accident of History
06. The Witness
09. The Unbelievers

[11/09/10 | Profound Lore]

I’m somewhat new into the doom/sludge metal genre.  I don’t really consider it to be my favorite genre, but it is a genre I dive into on occasion.  Thanks to my good buddy Jimmy (Alkahest), I recently discovered Salome, a doom metal band out of Annandale, Virginia. Salome features Katherine Katz (from Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Rob Moore, and Aaron Deal (from Nitro Tokyo).  To my chagrin, a new album was released as soon as I discovered them, titled Terminal, on Profound Lore Records. To be absolutely honest, this album is the first doom album I’ve listened to straight through on multiple occasions.  But it is a damn fine one.

The album begins with a very ominous, spooky intro — reminiscent of going underwater in a submarine with radar pointing a bogey out. Suddenly, the guitar and drums come out of near nowhere with a powerful *boom*. The band goes full force not long after than with a VERY cool riff and drum beat. The riffs in all the songs are very cool. Rob really knows what he is doing. The songs are fairly complex for doom, using multiple time signatures not just through the song, but throughout the album. But regardless, this album is very minimalist, as you can no doubt infer from the artwork.

The drumming is also of note. Aaron Deal really is a hell of a drummer. Nothing he does is super technical, but everything he does is full of emotion, and knows what to do with the track. He certainly augments Rob’s guitar playing very well. When he plays faster drumming, it sounds so awesome. The production is also worthy of praise. It’s very raw, yet defined. All guitar tones are heard very well, and the drumming is well recorded.  Katherine’s vocals are very clear as well, however I am not a fan of her style. Not a single word could be deciphered without lyrics on hand. It sounds like “GRRRAWRUGHSCREECH”. It works, however, so I guess that’s all that matters.

There are only two really big issues with this album that I hold. The first: all of the songs sound different, but exactly the same at the same time. It is an extremely hard thing to describe, but all you have to do is trust your ears. The second, and my biggest complaint, is the longest track on the album, “An Accident of History”.  I have heard this song individually twelve times (according to my iTunes), trying to see the art behind the track. Now, keep in mind that the track is 17:05. That is 204.6 minutes. Over 3 hours was spent trying to understand this track. And I hear nothing but random radio crackles.  It feels to me like mega-filler. That’s just my opinion though.

However, all complaints aside, this was a very enjoyable record, and I would gladly recommend not just this album, but Salome in general, to all those wishing to transition into Doom and Sludge. Well done, Salome.

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