With 2014 having so many events and atrocities littered throughout, no small wonder that many wish it over and the New Year to start with a bang. At the end of January, expect this split to be at the commencement of such a bang, with doom spanning the continents. There are no doubts in saying that this will be one of the heaviest splits to come out for 2015.
From the state of California, Keeper has erupted this year with their debut release ‘MMXIV’, and mowed over all who have listened with the heaviest of agonizing crawls, and a maturity in performance that belies the band’s period of existence. Drawing comparisons to Grief, Cough, and Noothgrush just scratches the surface of their pummelling craft. The track they present in ’777’ is 14 minutes of total despair and anguish; it’s a sign that this band have much more in store to deliver to their growing rabid fan-base. This track is already proving itself a milestone for them, and this band is definitely one to watch for the future.
The flip side to this massive split is balanced out by an equally devastating track from rising crust/doom darlings of the U.K. quartetSea Bastard. Since their inception in 2011, they have been building a solid name and reputation for themselves with each release they put out. Last year’s album ‘Scabrous’ found itself being put out this year in vinyl form by Dry Cough Records, and saw them rise in leaps of popularity. Not to rest on their haunches, the band continues their mountainous glacier crawl, and gives up the 20+ minute opus ‘Astral Rebirth’, showcasing their ongoing quality of crushing excellence.
Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl
Medusa Crush/Dry Cough/Tadpole Records/Black Reaper Records
3 February 2015