One behemoth of a doom album

Epic of scope and glacial in magnitude is how doom should be, and Adelaide collective Space Bong certainly subscribe to that point of view.

Indeed, Deadwood to Worms takes colossal doom and stretches it out into gigantic slabs of fuzz-drenched heaviness where vocals and melody are virtually an after-thought to the all-consuming power of the riff.

‘Slow Spring’ brings down a crushing, descending cascade of guitar immensity with evil, croaking vocals making their entrance long after most songs have already finished, Space Bong wringing it out from almost a quarter of an hour before some ringing chords and distant choir-like singing brings it to an end. ‘Burnt by Time’ is even slower, taking until well into the second half to provide some relief from the bludgeoning with some meandering lead guitar that interjects itself briefly before the rolling riff and indistinct vocal growls resumes. Then ‘Deadwood to Worms’ rises up out of a wash of feedback like an enormous leviathan lumbering forth from some unhallowed fen, shaking the earth with every ponderous step until the surprise release of some wavering guitar melodies very late in the piece, subsiding into feedback again. From here Space Bong take a slight stylistic turn with the upbeat ‘High Priest and Petty Thieves’ dropping into a rocking groove before descending into the slowest and heaviest passages of the entire album, rife with clattering drums, sinister snarls and a monstrously crushing riff that rolls out for a short eternity. With five tracks spanning a mere hour and an atmosphere of dread decrepitude, Deadwood to Worms is one behemoth of a doom album.

1. Slow Springs
2. Burnt by Time
3. Deadwood to Worms
4. High Priests and Petty Thieves
5. I Said If I’m in Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up