Herscher – Herscher

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Self-released
Released: 2015
Buy Album: https://herscher.bandcamp.com/album/herscher-herscher
Band Website: http://herscherdoom.com/

Herscher - HerscherBand line-up:

Mat’ Roadie= Bass
René Blacklisted= Drums
Bud- Keyboard

Track listing:

1. Old Lands
2. Apocatastase
3. Electric Path
4. Skull’s River
5. Pétron
6. Bandana


French doomsters Hersher’s new self-titled, self released effort is their first full-length and the first release after adding Bud on keyboards to the line-up

Herscher are an unconventional trio of bass, drums, and keyboard. I think this is one of the factors that make them such an intriguing listen. ‘Old Lands’ opens the album with a very noisy sound before going into what we know and love of drone doom. Hersher play around well with more sludge inspired sections and drones while keeping the noise constant. In ‘Apocatastase’, the subtle tempo changes will captivate you and make you slightly restless.

‘Electric Path’ follows with an incredible sound. Vocals are especially impressive in this song. But overall the timbre in this song is shocking! That bass tone along with, I’m guessing, an overly distorted Hammond sound! Well you just have to hear it, a very well created soundscape indeed.

‘Skull’s River’ is the most traditionally drone song on the album, it is a sea of noise with minimal percussive intervention. That gives the song a distinct atmosphere on its own. ‘Pétron’ is the penultimate song of the album. Vocals take on a different style in this one: a guttural recitation on top of a sludge-y sound.

’Bandana’ is a comparatively fast ending to the album Hersher. I have a feeling that this is an outro rather than an integral part of the album, as it changes things quite a bit in terms of sound, tempo, and even song durations. While the album averages at about 8 minutes for song durations, ‘Bandana’ ends the album with a 3-and-a-half-minute duration. You can also consider this to be a continuation of ‘Pétron’ as well, because it is very well prepared towards the end of ‘Pétron’ and thus it provides a cohesive end to the album.

Hersher’s first full-length is an enjoyable listen and an evidence showing the value of the keyboard in terms of their soundscape. I would recommend loud listening!

Review by M. Selim Yavuz