Massive stoner metal riffs and walls of harsh noise collide on Deathchant‘s self-titled debut.
With their mix of 70s proto-metal groove and swagger, doom metal weight, and use of both psychedelic and coarse tones, Los Angeles’ Deathchant offer an interesting take on the stoner/heavy rock sound. Like Black Sabbath and Mountain submerged in battery acid, the music featured on Deathchant‘s debut is both infectiously heavy and jaw clenching abrasive.
The one-two punch of “Pessimist” and “Control” set the tone for the record to come and bury listeners underneath seismic riffs and heavy distortion. “Pessimist” gallops out of a cloud of droning feedback with hallucinogenic desert rock groove that is propelled by buzzing low-end and TJ Lemiuex’s reverb-soaked wailing. Half-way through the song collapses into an unexpected burst of grating, caustic noise before returning to its psychedelic rock strut. “Control” behaves in a similar manner by beginning its journey with hazy-eyed, energetic riffs and blistering solos that eventually converge with a brief interlude of corrosive sound. After this burst of noise, behemoth-sized sludge riffs come crashing down and carry the song to its doom-drenched end.
The middle of the record takes a bit of a detour from the noisiness. The instrumental tune “Eulogy” is full of fuzzy, peyote-influenced melodies that are unabashedly expressive and draped in thick atmospheres. Then there are songs such as the the high octane “Hex” that is more straightforward in its heavy rock worship with its showcases of blistering blues riffage. Then album closer “Trigger” harks back to the record’s more abrasive beginnings with its hammering riffs and side-winding solos that collide into abstract soundscapes.
Deathchant‘s full-length debut is a half-hour of memorable riffs and punch-in-the-gut heaviness. It would have been nice to see the band delve a bit deeper into the interplay between their noisier tendencies and their psych rock sound, but the record is solid for what it is.
Release Date: January 10, 2019
Label: King Volume Records
Favorite Tracks: “Pessimist”, “Control”, and “Breathe”
For Fans Of: Lo-Pan, Wovenhand, Kyuss and Sleep