“Even Gods Must Die”

By Dr. Abner Mality

The pun in this band’s name kills me every time…what a groaner! Anyway, this Indian doom metal band makes its return here and provides some of the purest, most authentic sounding doom you’re probably going to hear in 2018  If you loved the earliest Saint Vitus and Reverend Bizarre albums, this is mandatory stuff.

D&M’s musical approach is brilliantly simplistic and focuses on the rawest, most primal elements of the doom genre. No synth, no piano, no bombastic instrumentation…just a commitment to slow and depressing metal.  This no frills approach separates the men from the boys, doom-wise. “I, Zombie” lumbers and lurches like the undead revenant in the title and is total worship of the first Saint Vitus album. The odd histrionic vocals have no trace of an Indian accent and are highly reminiscent of the old Reverend Bizarre singing style. This is doom and nothing but…10 minutes of moping bass, guitar and drums! “Bones of My Brothers” is a bit more uptempo (to a medium plod) and has a very barbaric sound to it. Still on the long side, this is more concentrated and aggressive than “I, Zombie”. But that syrupy slow pace returns for “Doombringer”, which is even more Reverend Bizarre than anything heard so far.

If you’re looking for an escape hatch here, good luck finding it, because there is none! “Frost and Steel” is more “barbarian doom”, with a Gates of Slumber touch to it, while “Harvest of Kings” is the album’s big epic at over 12 minutes. This starts with absolutely MONSTROUS doom riffs, but by the end kind of meanders into mournful melody and doesn’t end as strong. “Hangman’s Hope” follows the same general pattern and again should appeal to any lover of Saint Vitus in the Scott Reagers days.

India is going into overdrive when it comes to new metal bands but I can say with confidence that Djinn and Miskatonic are the tops when it comes to remorseless DOOM!