|Drone, Experimental Doom Metal
The Maple Forum
May 24th, 2011
Release length: 46:31
As soon as Dronolith kicks in, you immediately get the sensation that this is an early Rock group’s lost recording of them screwing around in the studio to create their first ever Drone release. The raw audio quality is pretty strong, and much of the release finds a really rich bass presence that sticks out most of the time in the material. However, sometimes the guitar itself takes center stage, but given the quality it ends up leaving the music sounding really empty. And, well, that’s literally all there is to the recording. Sometimes it can sound like there’s some drumming, but those moments seem to be more guitar oriented but with different distortions used.
Dronolith ends up being just six songs, but pushes past forty three minutes. “Building Buildings” starts things off, and it does go off into a classic Rock kind of sound that one could argue has a bit of a modern Progressive Rock or Metal backing with a raw sound meant to be simple Drone with simple chords. It does pull off the Drone aspect well, as the main iff is largely just played over and over, though the background sometimes seems to change up a bit at times. However, the overall song just really has no impact, and even as background noise is nothing that great. Sadly, it doesn’t really get that much better. “Ruane” carries things along by droning the same simple chord while more guitar chords are played in the background that vary, though still following the same mid-tempo. Once again we find a song that is not bad, but largely due to the rawer quality, there’s just nothing all that impressive, though this track you could feel yourself getting lost in at times, such as with the guitar solo that does pop up towards the end of the track.
Surprisingly, it’s the song “Tyche” that actually comes through as one of the more enjoyable cuts. As mentioned, the higher pitch to the music here doesn’t really do much, and it definitely doesn’t take advantage of the raw quality of the release. However, “Tyche” utilizes a much deeper guitar distortion that works with the quality of the audio to not only actually give the song that Doom Metal feel, Experimental or otherwise, but also feels like a truly Drone driven, or at least inspired track in it’s most minimal form. And if you need reassurance that the deeper guitar sound really helps things along, then “Event Radius” is well worth a spin. This over seven minute song really works with that deeper tone and distortion to create what seems more like an astral atmosphere to this cut, and it does wind up being well worth the experience. While the Experimental Doom Metal concept is still captured well here, the droning is not quite as strong, instead focusing more on an Ambient piece that really feels dark, and even disturbing at times, a stark contrast to some of the lighter offerings that prove to be lacking pretty much everything that makes this track such a solid inclusion on the release.
Dronolith conclused with the title track, and it manages to last just under sixteen minutes. The song itself is of a lighter tone, and isn’t the most impressive track you’ll come across in either the Doom Metal or Drone/Ambient fields. However, it does end up having a decent atmosphere to it that works well in the song’s favor. The tone comes through largely are a depressing, hopeless sense that is coupled with being lost in a desert, or out west waiting for the circling vultures to pick your corpse clean. You can’t help but feel a little held down or grounded by it in the long run, and that’s what ends up making this track unique enough to be enjoyed for the first half of the song, though when the higher guitars kick into heavily distorted and deeper chords similar to “Tyche” and “Event Radius,” that atmosphere is suddenly lost. This is really disheartening since it worked so well to play on the listeners emotions up to that point, and now it just feels like droning, crushing track shy of atmosphere, as well as something we’ve already heard for four minutes and eighteen seconds.
Blackwolfgoat is definitely new to the field as a solo project, and sadly it can felt in the quality of the material. A lot of what makes this album rather boring is the raw production, and the lack of capitalizing on it. With two songs that present a deeper audio sound to the guitars, clearly working with that quality to better the Drone and Experimental Doom Metal styles incorporated here, it’s hard to sit down with this release and be too amazed by it. The release does offer two outstanding songs to close up the release, though the title track’s amazing atmosphere is quickly thrown to the side by the halfway point and really becomes the final straw with this release. In the end, since this is available a download for a price you choose (which could be as little as a penny or free), it’s worth checking out for Drone fans, but don’t go into it expecting the world at all. There’s a lot of room for improvement on this release, but there is a decent amount of talent showing either way.
01. Building Buildings – 6:18
02. Ruane – 6:47
03. Tyche – 4:18
04. Fear of Stars – 6:03
05. Event Radius – 7:14
06. Dronolith – 15:51
|Overall Score: 4/10