The new EP from Finland’s psychedelic blackened doom crushers DÖ might only be three tracks long, but it’s loaded with enough heaviness to destroy everything in its path. Black Hole Mass is out now on Döömernaut Records, and is dedicated to the Nobel Prize winners for Physics, for discovering the darkest secrets of our universe.
The distortion soaked rumble of Gravity Sacrifice kicks off this three track EP with a tribal thud and a sinister message, before psychedelic waves of guitar cruise in over a rasping roar. The powerful base of the band’s sound is still there, but there are definitely more cosmic elements creeping into their sonics. Not that it’s all spacey synths or anything, but there’s definitely an otherworldly weight to it now.
Plasma Psalm has a satisfying sludgey crunch to it, like rocks grinding together on a faraway planet. It also has probably one of the finest solos I’ve heard this year, groaning in psychedelic abandon as ghostly voices phase in and out.
Radiation Blessing is a churning miasma of doom that slowly becomes this cosmic chillout session…
Radiation Blessing is a churning miasma of doom that slowly becomes this cosmic chillout session, with tinkling keyboard and spoken word giving way to reverb drenched howls of guitar in a spine tingling finale. It is always satisfying when you hear a band tell of trying to become ‘cosmic’ and it turns out to be something other than bad Kyuss aping freakouts.
DÖ truly touch the outer realms of our planet, and hopefully a full length will take them even further down this road. A little short but ultimately a very fun release.
Scribed by: Sandy Williamson