You know what I hate about "doom metal"? Those shitty, uncreative bands who play slow just for the sake of playing slow, completely lacking dynamics or ideas and believing that each note is just so fraught with importance that it needs a full five minutes all to itself. Fuck that.
You know what I love about doom metal? Bands like Noothgrush (see also: Grief) who are just so depressing, fucked up, and full of rage that they have to play slow, just to fit all of their angst and hatred between the notes and drumbeats. Their pain is palpable, their playing is sloppy, and their songs contain actual, discernable RIFFS.
Noothgrush were from San Jose, CA, and existed from 1994-1999. They were named after a creature from Dr. Seuss' There's A Wocket In My Pocket ("there's a Noothgrush on my toothbrush") and had a tendency to write songs about obscure Star Wars lore ("Kashyyyk", "Jundland Wastes"). They also had a rockin' female drummer (Chiyo), which is way too rare in metal these days. Erode The Person is something of a 'Greatest Hits' collection culled from their brief 5-year career, featuring tracks from about a million split albums they put out with bands like Black Army Jacket, Sloth, Deadbodieseverywhere, Corrupted, and Agents of Satan. To further confuse the matter, an entirely unrelated version of Erode The Person appeared in 2001, featuring a completely different track listing and cover art. This is the 1999 version.
Furthermore, the eighth track on Erode The Person, "Dianoga" (another Star Wars reference), has the best opening sample I've ever heard. Anywhere. Ever.
Noothgrush on Myspace