LAUDANUM: Self-titled: 7”

One of those records that sounds pretty good at either speed. I prefer this at 33 RPM, which makes it more doom-ish, and dark. However, I believe this was meant to be played at 45 RPM. Just as well… Metal with that certain heavinessBay Area bands can conjure. “Invoke” is a mid-tempo number with a swinging rhythm, despite the—well—doom tone that dominates the song. The atmospheric/ambient noise gives this an even more sinister tone. “Warlord” is a bit faster and thunderous. Great record all the way through. Comes on white vinyl, in case you were wondering.

 –M.Avrg (Pyrate Punx)