DEADSMOKE: “Enter the Forest” b/w “Gray Ashes of Hope”: 7”

If you’re in the mood for something drone-y, with a healthy mix of doom and sludge, Italy’s Deadsmoke serve up a delicious platter of just that on this 7”, a selection from a longer work titled “Forest of the Damned.” I found the etherealness of the opening of “Enter the Forest” to be reminiscent of something out of a movie soundtrack. As the guitars slowly build, the intensity increases until you’re caught up in the thundering riffage. The B Side track “Gray Ashes of Hope,” forgoes any intro and instead thunders right into the riffs. The transparent marble spiral of the physical record itself made this one of the coolest looking physical releases I’ve seen in awhile. If doom and gloom is what you’re after, this record is sure to put a smile on your face. –Paul J. Comeau (Let It Bleed, letitbleedrecords.bandcamp.com)