Megalith Levitation - Void Psalms

4 songs
53:16 minutes
***** ***


Are you looking for an album full of variation that will put a smile on your face? Just leave now, immediately, because you are at the wrong address here. If you want something deeper, hypnotic, trance-like, that will make you reconsider the meaning of life, by all means, stay with me and the second album by Megalith Levitation from the Ural Mountains.

The songs may not be as long anymore as on the debut album two years ago, but just like on last yearís split record with Dekonstruktor, the Russian sludge gods still know how to craft ultra slo-mo sludge doom metal well crawling lava-like under 60 BPM on their second longplayer Void Psalms. The guitar is tuned down ultra-low, the rhythm section comes from even somewhere deeper, and the vocals, instead of delivering evil sounding growls rather sound like the conjuring chants from a black mass. The opener Phantasmagoric Journey is still a rather typical sounding Megalith Levitation track, nicely long at thirteen minutes and offering that monotony that you either will hate or come to love once you understand how this can put you in a trance. Datura Revelations / Lysergic Phantoms is also thirteen minutes long, but comes in two parts, just like the following twenty-minute-long Temple Of Silence / Pillars Of Creation. Both start like your expected sludge metal, but use their final half to reduce the distortion and add a more psychedelic vibe which works really well as a tool for dynamic shift and variation. The concluding Last Vision is at seven and a half minutes the shortest track and features a saxophone which gives it a dark jazz atmosphere.

Itís hard to compare Megalith Levitation to other bands, but throw early Cathedral, Sunn O))) and Bohren & der Club of Gore into the blender, and you might get a little idea of what to expect. Those who like their sludge and doom really incredibly slowed down should like this psychedelic brain trip. Everybody else should still check out to learn what there is to listen to beyond the staleness of the mainstream.

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