Bongripper ‎– Satan Worshipping Doom - Digipak -CD


The idea of a band releasing albums full of doom metal instrumentals ranging anywhere from forty seconds to eighty minutes may sound like an odd strategy to some, but Bongripper has pulled it off six times now without breaking a sweat.

This album has only four tracks: "Hail", "Satan", "Worship", and "Doom", each spanning more than ten-minutes in length. The harsh, epic, menacing sound of these songs is difficult to describe; the closest I can get is saying that if DXM were a metal album, it would be Bongripper's Satan Worshipping Doom.

In spite of this album's lack of vocal tracks, the concept of the album is clear: Unlike the drug-obsessed sludge of previous Bongripper releases, this one is an ode to hardcore Satanism. The hypnotic beats and overtly devil-worshipping cover art and song titles more than let us know. Not only is this change in concept refreshing, it's pretty fucking cool.

The songs on this album are slow, menacing, and fucking awesome, especially when combined with a fat sack of weed or (better yet) a refreshing bottle of DXM cough syrup. (Yeah, I know how that sounds, but seriously, give it a try! You'll be surprised.)

The one bad thing about this album is that the production seems to falter just a little bit in some areas. For the most part, the album is a heavy, heavenly, drug-induced euphoria, but there are moments when the ambiance feels just a tiny bit ahead of the rest of the album, though this is rare and completely unnoticeable if you're under the influence of drugs (and you're supposed to be under the influence of drugs while you listen to Bongripper).

Despite some minor inconsistencies in the production, Bongripper is one of the most original and talented underground doom metal artists out there, despite not having lyrics or vocals of any kind. This album is excellent from start to finish, and is one of the most masterful albums I've had the pleasure of listening to in a long time. Hail, Satan.