KODIAK - Kodiak

Kodiak - Kodiak

2 songs
39:32 minutes
***** **


Even though bands like Black Sabbath and later Saint Vitus are often called the godfathers of doom metal, it was only with bands like Cathedral, Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus that the genre became more popular. It was only the last few years that the USA gave this slo-mo sound a twist with bands like Sunn 0))), Khanate and Earth, taking something still very metal and transforming it into something even more crawling and extreme. Ruhrpott instrumental three-piece Kodiak are certainly indebted to this new breed of lava rock, but they also add a good portion of contemporary post rock / post metal into the two songs featured on their new vinyl record which comes in limited ice blue and clear pressings.

Laconically calling their tracks Beginning and End, the listener should be prepared for two sonic behemoths that both take up the entire twenty minutes of their side. Beginning starts with a cello intro courtesy of Emelie from Swedish indie band Audrey. It might seem weird that a member from such a sweet band lends her talents to these very grimly performing artists, but she sets a fitting mood for a first half that takes minutes to build momentum, and even then you get the impression that you need to push to get the machine going. End is conceptually not much different. The rhythm is very, very slow, the guitars have a pleasantly droning quality, and only few faster – or should we state: less slow – parts make for some variety.

Fond of being compared to the likes of Pelican and Earth, Kodiak have an even more extreme and droning touch to their sound. After a self-released CD-R with two songs amounting to half an hour, we get this time a nicely filled vinyl record which is even ten minutes longer. Kodiak manage to come across as mighty as the same named bear from Alaska, but they definitely don’t invent a new genre. Instead they smartly combine US styled drone with a more accessible post metal touch. Those who don’t have a working vinyl record player at home anymore will be pleased to learn that they can download this album for free on the label’s homepage.

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