I Am Vengeance

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I Am Vengeance Review

by Jason Hundey

Richard R. Anasky's I Am Vengeance is supposedly a potent, tripped-out hybrid of the '60s LSD flick with a splatter/slasher horror movie, all set to the grinding tones of stoner rock/ doom metal. Eighteen tracks and 75-exhausting-minutes later, and one feels as if they just heard Sleep's sequel to Jerusalem. Not to say that the album isn't a success -- it is. No, simply that much doom metal is exhausting at times (think a three-hour Electric Wizard binge, drug-free), taking the edge off anyone's stressful day, lulling them into depraved insanity. Quite an impressive lineup for such a strange experiment, but that's Meteor City for you, always striving for quality over quantity. Lowrider, Eternal Elysium, Sheavy, Las Cruces, and Count Raven are the recognizable, but Count Raven offshoot Doomsday Gouvernment is particularly potent, even if main contributor, Dan Fondelius, does have an eerily deep affinity for Ozzy vocals. Lowrider gets things going with "David William Hughes," a feedback-filled dirge about the film's revenge-seeking star killer. Kudos to Japan's finest doom orgy, Eternal Elysium, as they barrel through what sounds like a 33 rpm version of a C.O.C. "Albatross" 45 on "Burning a Sinner" -- a song deliciously joyful in its hateful intent. Space Probe Taurus sounds like Monster Magnet. Naevus' sound is culled from Solitude Aeturnus or Parallel Corners-era Penance, with its more vocal-driven mourning. This is a rather fresh approach to this saturated genre, but unfortunately, the band has since broken up. Las Cruces' bluesy, methodically Southwestern sounding "In My Sadness" and Sheavy's uncharacteristically country-ish acoustic piece "Sea of Tomorrow" are two obvious highlights. Steve Hennessey of Sheavy sounds like he just bathed himself in the back catalog of Ween before belting out this song, which makes it stand out even more against his down-tuned, vocal-effected contemporaries. Unforgiving, powerful, and filled to the brim with seething doom, I Am Vengeance is a floating sonic empire, worth every bass-lovin' doomster's attention.

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