Saturday 25 May 2013
Corax - Self Titled
'Hopelessness, dread and despair incarnate'
I have a love/hate relationship with doom. On one hand I enjoy the slowness and repetition off the riffs and the crushing heaviness of the music in general and on the other the other, most doom bores me very, very quickly. While repetitious and drawn out, Corax, have just the right amount of variation. With vocals alternating between deep, hoarse growls and high, black metal shrieks and dense, murky guitar tone, the two piece band from South Africa have a winning doom formula. If you're a fan of Dystopia's brand of nihilistic crusty sludge or if 40 minutes of utter despair in aural form sounds like your kind of thing, by all means, listen to this.