Boston-based doom metal duo Olde Growth only needs bass guitar and drums to generate its massive wall of sound, which is thickly layered and textured on their self-titled debut album. The dense, complex production values give this album a very traditional doom metal feel in the old style of Electric Wizard and Kyuss. There is also a lot of crunchy grind in the album’s heavier sections, showing plenty of influence from High on Fire. For all their heaviness, though, Olde Growth certainly know how to throw melodic, catchy hooks into their songs. The clean-sung refrains and bridges would fit in perfectly on material written by Nebula or Fu Manchu. Despite such disparate elements, the compositions flow together surprisingly well, albeit with some lack of direction. Overall, Olde Growth is a good start for this young pair of musicians trying to make their mark in the doom metal scene.
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