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Ephemeros – All Hail Corrosion (Seventh Rule Recordings)

Ephemeros - All Hail Corrosion (www.selectivememorymag.com)

There seems to be a popular trend lately to take a song or album and time stretch it out to unspeakable amounts. A two minute Doctor Who Theme turns into a 20 minute black hole. Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” time streches into the guitar noise nethers. I thought I was doing good in the ‘80s when I accidentally put on W.A.S.P.’s “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” 45 on 33 speed and it sounded like a long, lost Kiss song.

For All Hail Corrosion, it may not sound like a time stretch, but it sure feels like it. Three songs that span over 10 minutes each, these songs are behemoths with you going in knowing that the trilogy of tunes is not lightweight.

The title track reminds me of Treponem Pal slowed down to Type O Negative standards. What is impressive about the whole of this is the intricate transitioning and chord structure going on underneath a massive wall of sound.

Coming from Portland all of this seems as a surprise, but when you reside only a couple hours from geographically and historically home to some of the more intensive noise, punk, sludge bands of the ‘90s, it was only a matter of time a band like Ephemeros exists.

But this band and this album is just a notch in a community of like-minded bands like Nux Vomica or Graves At Sea. And in terms of the sludge scene, All Hail Corrosion is as good as any instrumentally intense doom rockers.

Don’t expect any cosmic journeys, just the gutteral abyss of “Stillborn Workhorse” with bowel-clinching grumble roars to accent the thunderous explosiveness of guitar chords It seems more like effect than substance but in turn it weighs down on you like atmosphere in the confines of the universe.

You will feel every punchy note out of this band!

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Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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