RAMESSES - The Tomb
What better day to choose than Halloween to record your new EP, when your band is one of the most promising new doom bands around? Ramesses from England already more than convinced with their previous EP We Will Lead You To Glorious Times, and now – only half a year later – they return already with a new one, called The Tomb.
Of course their debut took some time to be released on a proper label, but still not much has changed. Ramesses still like the long structures, playing a brand of doom metal that is actually closer to an extremely slowed down Hellhammer than to the more classic Black Sabbath or Saint Vitus.
The EP consists of two parts. It starts with the regular songs, all between six and nine minutes long, perfectly produced by Billy Anderson. The formula is more or less the same for each song: slow, droning metal riffs, churned out by tuned down guitar and bass, with a simple but effective drummer punching the song forward. And although everything sounds dark and evil, there is always a psychedelic undertone, as if there were a constant haze of dope smoke engulfing the band. It's probably the powertrio assembly that puts so much emphasis on every single instrument, with no band member trying to be louder than the next one.
The Tomb ends with a ten minute long improvisation (Unholy Outburst #3), not your typical Ramesses song, but showing the guys from a freer side, showing possibly that their roots go back to jam blues rock stuff from the late Sixties (Blue Cheer maybe?), and giving an idea how crazy they can become during a live show.
All in all there is no real progress compared to their previous EP, but again Ramesses prove that they are one of the most ambitious extreme doom bands. Anyone who likes bands from Southern Lord Records or the equally devastating Yob will find pure slo-mo pleasure here.