Camel Of Doom - Terrestrial review



Reviewer:
7.7

15 users:
7.33
Band: Camel Of Doom
Album: Terrestrial
Release date: February 2016


01. Cycles (The Anguish Of Anger)
02. A Circle Has No End
03. Pyroclastic Flow
04. Singularity
05. Nine Eternities
06. Euphoric Slumber
07. Sleeper Must Awaken
08. Extending Life, Expanding Consciousness


Hailing from the UK, the wonderfully named Camel Of Doom hammer, bash and spit out, as their name implies, doom. Like the sands of the Sahara, a slow-moving crushing wave that will slowly engulf all… except the camels which traverse them. Or something.

SO yeah, doom. Slow. Crushing. All the requisite adjectives certainly apply here. Terrestrial is driven by four "epic" 10+ minute tracks of slow, punishing & crushing doom that at times sounds almost like the mechanized assault of Godflesh and at others sounds dosed with some salsa psychedelica which are accompanied by smaller interlude pieces to give the album some spacing.

It is thick, layered, dense, almost to the point it translates from sonic to physically so.

(As a side note, one of the epic-length tracks is named "Pyroclastic Flow", which brought a smile to my face as I've probably used that term in about four different reviews over the years. )

It does feel it's length at times, but I enjoyed the way the album closed out with the (presumably) Dune inspired "Sleeper Must Awaken" and "Extending Life, Expanding Consciousness".

I also rather oddball "Singularity" - which clocks in at just under six minutes, in the middle of the album and is neither a full 10+ minute grueling test of endurance, nor a short interlude piece. Up tempo, which switches up from bludgeoning riffs to spiraling, sustaining ringing notes and a chorus that just sticks with you.

If something bordering between experimental and "extreme dewm" sounds up your alley, to quote the legendary Kool & The Gang, "GET ON YOUR CAMEL AND RIDE!"


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 09.04.2016 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments

Comments: 5   Visited by: 55 users
29.04.2016 - 20:28
3rdWorld
China was a neat
Yeah this is a very good record. Surprise no one has noticed this yet.
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29.04.2016 - 21:15
BitterCOld
waltrsobchakheit
Written by 3rdWorld on 29.04.2016 at 20:28

Yeah this is a very good record. Surprise no one has noticed this yet.


I know Marcel knows of it and digs it, beyond that, yeah, surprised it hasn't merited much by way of discussion.
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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30.04.2016 - 01:53
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Totally great and fun album
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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30.04.2016 - 01:55
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/31635
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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01.05.2016 - 03:55
3rdWorld
China was a neat
Pyroclastic Flow needs special mention. It is an absolute standout track in an already highly consistent album.
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