Dopelord – “Sign Of The Devil” (Green Plague Records)
Gotta admit, this is the first time I’ve heard of this Polish satanic stoner doom band and come to think about it, a Polish stoner doom scene to begin with – let alone a heathenistic one! Still, it must be there judging by the split releases Dopelord have done with Weedpecker, Spaceslug, Belzebong and Major Kong, not forgetting their own 3 prior full length albums. Formed in 2010 in the historical and culturally rich city of Lublin, and reflected in the high standard of musicianship and composing of the band, Dopelord’s experience has been equally honed from plenty of European tours including Desertfest London and Berlin along with less traveled places like the Balkans over the years. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg (Behemoth), “Sign Of The Devil” doesn’t just serve up mammoth bunches of down tuned fuzz laden bliss but exquisitely tops it off with Satan worshiping psychedelia along with a stylish hint of the blues in places – now that’s quite a mix and mightily delicious it is too! Check out ‘Hail Satan’ and you’ll know just what I’m talking about – monster crushing smog thick guitars and earth shaking bass rocking in a massive rolling groove laced by dirty warbles that’s pounded along by muscly drums and a dark drawl before a shouted out chorus of you know what – instant possession. Activating the space rock sounds, ‘Heathen’ tidal waves in with another gigantic stoner doom riff par excellence as the band’s mantra of “..tune slow, play slow..” comes into being as the vocals switch into clean trance, along with some bass wah to bring it all home as the twin guitars trip themselves out along to some equally cosmic harmonies – amazing. As if it couldn’t get heavier than a dwarf star, ‘Doom Bastards’ glides in ambiently, lulling you into serenity until the fuzz suddenly hits 11 on those amps and another gargantuan doom riff shreds your soul while the far out guitars and a youthful Ozzy voice trips out in just the perfect tempo to induce complete doom hypnosis – that is, until the final darkness of this near 10 minute piece sees the band go ape shit in a rabid headbanging ending – wow! Bison BC, Weedeater, Black Tusk….Dopelord kick back right alongside these boys in fine style….