Stan Vasiliev – guitar, vocals
Anton Khmelevsky -guitar, vocals
Denis Zarutsky – bass
Danya Kornev – drums
1. Heavy State
2. Weird Things
3. Tripping Deep
4. Hexadecimal Unified Insanity
Pressor (originally called Leaden Sky) are a Russian experimental doom metal band who formed in 2008. Vocalist and main songwriter, Stanislav Vasiliev and guitarist Anton Khmelevsky also played in the black metal band Nocturnlands during this time, where they recorded their first pieces of music together. In 2012, the DM group released their debut EP ‘Grave Full of Weed’ and they did two tours of Russia. In 2013, the label BNiL released Pressor’s split release on CD with the Ukrainian band Soom and American collective, Diazepam. In 2018, the doomers released their latest EP ‘Weird Things’.
Considering the distorted and down-tuned guitars in WT are almost entirely limited to everyday power chords and single notes, they are surprisingly interesting due to their heavily chromatic nature. Looking at the bigger picture, it would be nice if some of the chords had a bit more to them than two notes, though. The music on the whole could do with some spicing up, as it’s lacking in interesting melody. Keyboard parts do add a bit of colour, but they are kind of in the background and mainly stick to uncreative long tones, which sometimes simply mimic the guitars. Because such notes are often heavily modified with effects, they kind of sound more like noises and don’t contribute to the music the same way cleaner keys would.
There are vocal melodies on this album too, but despite the complexity underneath them they are very cliched and could be performed on top of your every day heavy metal chord progressions. Whilst they are aggressive, they could be delivered with a little more passion, too. Things wouldn’t be so bad if Pressor pushed the boundaries in other ways. Sadly, they are a little tame when compared to the miserable as f**k and avant-garde Unholy, and the crushingly brutal Shape of Despair. The musicianship is also unspectacular.
In conclusion, the guitar parts are effective in creating a formidable sense of power. However, the band have missed an opportunity to build on the strong foundation with effective melodies. Consequently the band have produced music that is disappointing and rather mediocre. On the plus side, there are an effective range of tempos on this album from painfully slow, to up tempo. It’s not every day you hear a fast(ish) doom metal song. Check out the full album, below!