Bog Oak - A Treatise on Resurrection and the Afterlife (Digipak CD)
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Bog Oak are a fuzz-drenched blackened doom outfit from California formed in May of 2013. Their debut EP "A Treatise On Resurrection And The Afterlife" consists of four allegories that pay as much homage to BLACK SABBATH and HELLHAMMER as they do to the metaphysics of Mulla Sadra, Suhrawardi's philosophy of illumination and the alchemy of Al-Ghazali. With their commitment to huge, gnarly guitar and bass tones, thundering drums, and vocals that range from demonic screams to angelic cleans, Bog Oak create a heavy brew of mystical dirges and forsaken atmospheres.
A Treatise takes the best parts of doom metal and contorts it with menacing features and idiosyncrasies borrowed from black metal. To me, this lands in the top twenty five of metal releases this year. The producers, treating the bass and drum and the cymbals equally while managing to transmit the live in a basement feel, hammers home the visceral song writing; smart and provocative, but not overdone. FFO: Acid King, Electric Wizard, Noothgrush, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, DarkThrone (selected by band). - New Noise Magazine4/5