Tuesday, January 14, 2014

the wonderdoom of Vale of Amonition (Uganda): "Those of Metal Afar"

the wonderdoom of Vale of Amonition (Uganda): "Those of Metal Afar"
Vale of Amonition is a trip.
What a bunch of doom metal adventurous chant spacey jam hippy blues weirdos.
If you can wait for a song to randomly and mysteriously reveal itself over the course of 8-10 minutes, then consider this band and its most recent album “Those of Metal Afar,” and welcome to the wacky, heavy and strange world of doom as travelled by Vale of Amonition.
First, I’ll just tell you what happened to me. I was listening, making the aural pilgrimage, and soon it dawned on me: the mood of something unusual and I began wondering, “What exactly is going on here?” or “Where is this song actually going?” The music sounds somewhat disjointed, like the vocals and the drumming don’t quite operate in the same realms, like they are in the studio just singing away about ancient history topics and drumming away, but each one on its own cloud.
These space doom hippies have demos, singles, EPs and whatnot starting in 2010, but this album brings on the whole kit and kaboodle of a total spectrum of spheres and dimensions of Vale of Amonition. The band keeps the instrumentation to a minimum: singing, drums, bass and guitar; one hears the different instruments as if one is in the room during the jam session. Some keyboards seem present here and there, but overall it’s the base instruments and an Alice-in-Wonderland singing vibe. It’s an hour of trippy doom, possibly making you say, “What did I just listen to?”
One thing is sure: This is a unique form of doom, and I’m still figuring it out. If you’re still reading these lines, maybe you’re the target audience. Listen with patience, tolerance for this wonderdoom. Support!!

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