Sunday, August 1, 2010

Album: Samothrace - "Life's Trade"

Samothrace were initially from Lawrence, Kansas, and have now relocated to Seattle, Washington which is good news for those in the area. Their debut record Life's Trade was released in 2008, and being as it's been a little while now I don't feel so bad about posting it. I believe 20 Buck Spin still has some copies available though, so do both yourself and them a favor and purchase this. After missing their set on a few occaisions over the last couple years, I finally got a chance to see them last night, and GOD DAMN. Ancient tone. Seriously fucking heavy.

Samothrace play really soulful, textured and crushing doom metal. It's often quite melodic, and really well structured, which translates really well live. Songs take their time to build, then crush you. And just when you think they can't get any heavier, they pull it off. I really enjoy the mid-western feeling leads they play too, which are really expressive, and well placed. The vocalist also has a really great range, from deep bellows, to higher-pitched shrieking. Honestly, this is just really great, and moving music. It stands out quite a bit from most doom metal coming out these days. Go see them if you get a chance. In the meantime, download, and then buy this record.

1. La Llorna
2. Awkward Hearts
3. Cacaphony
4. Cruel Awake

DL: "Life's Trade"

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