Saturday 15 December 2018

Rivers Of Gore - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: August 04th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Rivers Of Gore – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Abduction (The message) 14:23
2.Glory and Punishment 18:26
3.Shell Shock 14:24


Samuel López: Drums
Daniel García: Bass
Rolo Riemer: Guitar/Vocals


Rivers Of Gore have been generating a lot of cool buzz recently with their epic debut album. So much that the band have been signed to Cursed Tongue Records who will release their debut album on Vinyl sometime in 2019. Lets see what this band is all about. As these guys have kinda slipped me by.

Their debut S/T album contains 3 epic songs that run between 14 to 18 mins in length. So if you’re a fan of Progressive and Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal then you’ll be mightily impressed with this band. As the guys can sure play and they prove this throughout the album. Heavy spaced out sounds that have a real purpose as the band play a myriad of different style of Stoner Rock/Metal.

The band take influence from the Stoner Rock greats but manage to make it their own sound especially on the excellent opening song – Abduction (The Message). As the band channel the early energy of Monster Magnet and add a heavier modern rock/metal groove. You can definitely hear some Matt Pike riff worship coming from lead singer/guitarist Rolo Riemer but with a dash of the classic Black Sabbath sound. However it’s still strikingly original that leaves you wanting more.

What really makes the album standout is the unforgiving and dark nature of the album. As the album contains some bleak doom based moments that prove Rivers Of Gore aren’t afraid to venture into darker progressive musical territories. The other two songs on the album Glory and Punishment and Shell Shock contain the same style of music shown on the epic first song with Glory and Punishment perhaps being the standout song on the album.

The production is quite intense at times and fully comes alive when the swirling psychedelic drone based noises and sounds appear at regular intervals on the album.

The Mexican Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal scene has came on leaps and bounds over the years thanks to bands such as Vinnum Sabbathi, Moonwatcher and Weedsnake. You can now add Rivers Of Gore to that list as a band to look out for.

This is an epic release and perhaps the best possible format to listen to the album on will be Vinyl when it’s released in 2019 via Cursed Tongue Records.

Words by Steve Howe