Review by Alex on January 3, 2020.
Crawling in from the cold corners of Ontario, Canada are Purveyors of Sonic Doom with their double EP Entombed Black Earth and Eyeless Void. Their approach is very stripped down and minimalist utilizing mostly mundane methods or characteristics of doom metal and rarely strays off the pathway taken. ‘Eyeless Void’ could not have been more candid for an 8 minute instrumental track; it’s one tempo, one rhythm, pretty much the template for 'Rot Covered Gold’ (the second track featured on their Eyeless Void EP. 'Flayed One' echoes most of what was done on the prior tracks, keeping the chugging guitar as a defining contributor to the rhythm and pattern of the songs. Though there are some diversions in musical tempo, slight riff deviations and influence meets the ear on the upbeat punky segments of 'Flayed One' , the nonchalant feeling persists. Apart from the Hellhammer cover 'Third of the Storms' there’s nothing eventful taking place on Eyeless Void. However, I think some would find favoritism in the strpped-down, near-husky approach; I did to some degree but the songs could have been better written with less predictability.
Entombed Black Earth however, I found to be enjoyable granted Purveyors of Sonic Doom take chances and dig themselves from the pit of monotony they found themselves in with Eyeless Void. ‘Seafarer’s Lament’ and instrumental title-track ‘Entombed Black Earth’ do more than just play into the hands of standardized raw doom metal. On these occasions the music is given a lift composition-wise, more variations and impactful guitar leads are representative of a haunting atmosphere. Seemingly Purveyors of Sonic Doom are better off in the mid tempo areas of the doom metal as the tunes are bouncy to say. The momentum built is maintained on 'Astral-Witch' and sees the band stepping out of the safe zone to outdo and craft a lasting impression through the repairs implemented to the outlook of the music. The vocals add a layer of dread through the gasped style in which they’re delivered and the raw production helps to drive the effect. Entombed Black Earth is decent enough for a second spin to catch up on anything you may have missed however I think the layout of the band's craft shows room for improvement.
Rating: 6.9 out of 10167