Friday, February 5, 2010
I have mixed feelings about doom metal, feelings that I expained in a semi-recent post about extinct Bay Area doomsters Noothgrush. Some of it is good, like the aforementioned Noothgrush or the whale-heavy Ahab -- But for every decent doom band there are a dozen shitty ones, doing nothing but playing standard rock riffs over boring beats at a quarter the speed. Grief is the opposite of these bands.
Grief were from Boston, and were the first "real" doom band I ever heard. They are still my favorite. I (kinda) wrote up their 1994 album Come To Grief here, but in my opinion Miserably Ever After is their finest work. It's a sludgy, hateful, pummeling hour of pure sonic catharsis. Give it to your children.
PS - Did I mention that I fucking LOVE Grief's cover art? Because I do. Alot.
Below: Members of Grief backstage at CBGB
Grief on Myspace