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Pilgrim

Void Worship

(Metal Blade; US: 1 Apr 2014; UK: 28 Mar 2014)

Nothing fancy, just plenty of doomy goodness

Providence, RI’s Pilgrim offer everything a doom-metal aficionado could wish for: plodding rhythms, hyper-distorted swaths of guitar riffage, gloomy vocals, thrumming basslines and pounding percussion. There’s not a great deal that’s groundbreaking here, and the bass is rather underutilized, but the pieces all fit together snugly, and with tunes ranging in length from the brief instrumental “Intro” to the 10:35 “Master’s Chamber”, there are plenty of opportunities to become engulfed by oceans of pulsating noise. Title track “Void Worship” might be the album’s strongest tune, but both “Master’s Chamber” and the equally epic album closer “Away From Here” are very nearly as overwhelming (in a good way). Shorter tracks, including instrumentals such as the arpeggio-laden “Arcane Sanctum” and slightly clunky “Dwarven March”, serve as punctuation, but even the instrumentals are lively and engaging to the doom-laden heart. “Paladin” is positively uptempo! But don’t worry, things slow down again soon. Good stuff all around, guys.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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