|Doom Metal, Stoner Metal
April 16th, 2013
Release length: 31:07
Boudain starts off a bit confusing during the introduction of “Slaveman”. The deep pulsating chords struck tickle the fancy like a possible astral Drone recording. What quickly follows, however, is some dismal sounding Doom Metal with assertive Stoner Rock riffs and rougher vocals. The slow paced riffs trudge on, bewitching you with that Southern ritualistic sensation until just past the two minute mark, dropping the overall heaviness for some mid-tempo grooves that leave you instinctively bobbing your head along the moment they kick up, feeding an extensive instrumental conclusion rich with guitar solos that try to be on the psychedelic side, though fall a bit short of accomplishing this goal before ending with some more effects like what is found at the start. Both halves create an infectious performance that, while the second noticeably loses the bass a bit in comparison, nicely represent what to expect from the rest of this self-released effort.
“King of the Cosmos” manages to achieve a rather trippy environment that works perfectly with the often astral lyrical themes following the High on Fire “Devilution” grade introduction. About forty seconds of hard hitting drums and growing riffs lead to a moderately slower performance that, while still edgy at times and able to throw some enthusiastic outbursts your way, winds up rather laid back. The first glance at this happens about a minute-and-a-half in, but shows up more towards the end. “Kalifornia” is a bit more relaxed overall, though the vocals really do bring a good deal of enthusiasm amid the hazy performance and rich bass guitar-heavy grooves that are simply catchy as hell next to the solid cover of ZZ Top‘s “Just Got Paid”. In text it may seem out of place, but this fun and upbeat Stoner Rock rendition is something fans of Red Fang or Orange Goblin can easily appreciate.
And then there’s the downright aggressive and dank cuts that sound as though they were dragged through the murkiest of swamps. “Moonshinin'” kicks in with a blunt and vile hatred, moving itself along like a lynch mob dragging someone behind them through the gator-filled depths. It’s the shortest track on the EP, but it’s by far one of the most memorable thanks to the rich distortions on the guitars, as well as the vocals that take on a commanding, almost cult leader presence your neck can’t help but obey banging your head along to, especially during the infectious chorus that teases just a hint of speed within the truly bleak performance. “Trailerpark” is about on par with the loathsomeness, though sometimes you can sense a stronger Drone presence than just a traditional Doom Metal approach. The layered vocals only add to the visceral side when crawling along, moving like a nightmare with only a few brief moments of hope scattered about.
Boudain have taken a while to get into the studio and record something for the fans, or to just reach new listeners, and they definitely don’t disappoint. While it isn’t the most awe inspiring debut that makes the seven year wait entirely worth it, the five original cuts and one cover song nicely incorporate the hazy fun and general hatred of both Doom Metal and Stoner Rock into something that flows smoothly from start to finish. Dirty, disparaging, and often as violent as it can be laid back, Boudain has something for everyone who enjoys this brand of Metal, making it well worth your time.
01. Slaveman – 5:17
02. Moonshinin’ – 3:16
03. King of the Cosmos – 5:55
04. Trailerpark – 6:58
05. Kalifornia – 5:46
06. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover) – 3:55
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10