|Review: Assumption - The Three Appearances|
|The Three Appearances|
Label: Terror from Hell Records
Year released: 2014
Review online: January 23, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:The Three Appearances
Most times when you see a band call themselves Doom/Death, what they really mean is that they play slow riffs while the vocalist occasionally grunts. Assumption avoid that pitfall on their EP, The Three Assumptions, by going the old-school route of making Death Metal with Doom leanings rather than playing Doom Metal with harsh vocals. To this they add some hooky, almost psychedelic riffs and lead work, creating a novel sound that takes as much from early Cathedral as it does Autopsy. The production is murky and heavy, the playing is solid, and the transitions between the Death and Doom sections are clean and convincing. That said, the riffs can get repeated a little more than they can sustain, and some of the atmospheric sections can go on for too long, all of which is most evident in the 13-minute "Veneration of Fire". This EP won't change your life, but if you're looking for some old-school Doom/Death that does something more with its Doom than usual, this is well worth getting a hold of.
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