- Stoner doom/sludge
Estoner play some complex and often aggressive stoner doom that verges on some vocal and drum stylings from metallic hardcore bands. I really enjoy the blend and how heavy the doom can get. For a self released LP this is high quality, they did a great job recording and finding the right artist for their cover. It’s psychedelic but with an edge, like a bad trip or a conversation with the devil while staring into your heater. It feels like at any point any one of the band members could start into another genre like black metal or crust punk, it’s volatile but ultimately stays the course of it’s own unique sound between them all. There’s so many labels I could put on this sound, progressive psychedelic post stoner death/doom? It’s getting hard this month with so many bands in the same genre but all sound different in their small or big ways. There’s only so many ways to describe it. Get stoned, listen to this music and maybe write something… or keep staring at your heater. Or remove the heater from the room if you’re on hallucinogens.
It has a raw punk energy thanks to the DIY approach to the production and the range of the vocals which don’t feel committed to one particular style. This allows the heavy peaks to really shine and feel authentically angry. During the calmer tracks the instruments are constantly squirming and swarming with sound, it’s very psychedelic and occult, shamanic. There is a heavy use of vocal distortion which I believe is used to good effect. There’s so many things like this and samples, or 12 minute songs that in other genres typically suck, but they just fit into stoner music so well. It’s that collage feel of all of these combinations of images, words and sounds. There’s definitely something here, a depiction of something – and I dig it.
There are a couple of moments that didn’t really interest me, I think certain riffs didn’t suit the recording quality enough, they demanded more clarity but never long enough to dislike it. The majority of the record is absolutely killer. There’s huge potential for wide appeal across many genres. If you like Deafheaven, Conan, Spaceslug, Neurosis, Dopethrone, The Chasm, Isis or Code Orange.
It’s been awesome seeing all of these different stoner doom bands lately from so many different places around the world. These guys are in Estonia, superfat in Argentina and Ruff Magick from South Africa. Then we recently had Weedpecker, Spaceslug, Dopelord and Major Kong on the 4 way split all from Poland. It’s been a great year for reviewing music. Even in my shitty hot ass country of Australia, I can experience the esoteric and epic music from around the world and talk with those communities.
These guys have been underground for a while but I’m positive this release will get a lot more attention, which they deserve as well as the cover artist. Both really under appreciated on instagram.