BOG OAK "A Treatise on Resurrection and the Afterlife"

By Dr. Abner Mality

DOOM still casts its ebon shadow upon the land. So trendy has the once maligned genre become that its trappings have become easy cliches, replicated amongst dozens of acts. Two such acts are The Sabbathian and Bog Oak, both released on eclectic Svart Records.

Anybody picking up music by an act called The Sabbathian and expecting originality must be out of their gourd. Here we have a three song EP featuring the usual 70's chick lounging amidst pentagrams and lit candles...hardly a breath of fresh air. Yet there is a strong doomy power in these three tunes, reeking of elder Candlemass and...believe it or Sabbath. No form of music is harder to screw up than true doom and The Sabbathian manage to deliver the goods. Even the female vocals, something that's been grossly overdone recently, are powerful and fit the music. If you're looking for traditional doom, you could do a lot worse than "Ritual Rites".

Bog Oak is on another level. The three piece is much heavier and more impactful than The Sabbathian...they hit with a thick and gooey sound that is almost Hellhammer-ish in approach. The four songs here are compact and potent...they jump right at you with thuggish riffs and waste no time. The female vocals here are much more venomous and witch-like...reminiscent of the recent band Mortals. There are also some dreamy and ethereal clean singing. I am really digging this band! Their style is right in my "wheelhouse" and although their metaphysical imagery is also well-worn, I sense something a bit fresher and more energetic than The Sabbathian. Lovers of death-doom should enjoy Bog Oak and I can't wait to hear more from this powerful new band!