Rating:
7.2
Who Dies In Siberian Slush - We Have Been Dead Since Long Ago...
25 December 2012


01. The Day Of Marvin Heemeyer
02. Refinement Of The Mould
03. In A Jar
04. The Spring
05. Funeral March №14
06. Of Immortality


About 2.5 years ago I reviewed Bitterness Of The Years That Are Lost by Who Dies In Siberian Slush. It was my first review for the Solitude Productions family. 29 months later they now mark my 60th review for Solitude Productions with We Have Been Dead Since Long Ago. (Yikes, that's a review every two weeks just for them… wonder if their health care plan will cover my carpal tunnel?)

So back to the album at hand.

The album opens with a homage to Marvin Heemeyer, a resident of Colorado who snapped over a zoning dispute, armored up a bulldozer like it was an Imperial Walker, then treated Granby, CO like said Walker did Hoth. He ended up demolishing 13 buildings, including the former mayor's house. Rather than just describe the track like I normally would, I'll encourage you to experience it yerself. Song is here and Killdozer footage here..

Mute the talking heads, crank the Siberian dead and enjoy. If you time it right, it's every bit as magical as "Dark Side of Oz". Only with more 'splosions.

The track is also pretty awesome as the band really deviates from just slow death doom, kicks out the tempo to one befitting a cement and steel armored bulldozer leveling South Park. Not too fast, it's a bulldozer ffs… They also incorporate sound bites of the incident into the track as well.

Unfortunately the rest of the album doesn't quite live up to the horribly amusing theme and energy of that first track. I described their prior effort as "the soundtrack to a 40 year Gulag sentence", which not only accurately fits most of the rest of the album's slow and woe tempo death doom, but probably also fits the price for going on said bulldozer rampage. Only this time they go a little more pyrotechnic on the soli.

Finally, "Funeral March №14" is a pretty cool little number which mixes your standard death doom funeral dirge with a little bit of the jazzy Dixieland feel (think the scene in the Bond flick, Live And Let Die) - it's a bit of an oddity, but in a good way.

Perhaps I focused a bit much on the opener, but it stood out and if it got even a couple of you to check it out, then mission accomplished.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 25.07.2013 by
BitterCOld
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Merchant of Doom - 25.07.2013 at 11:24  
Hugely disappointed by this one after their excellent début... totally unfocussed and boring.
BitterCOld - 25.07.2013 at 17:53  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 25.07.2013 at 11:24

Hugely disappointed by this one after their excellent début... totally unfocussed and boring.


i think i inflated the score a bit based upon my unabashed enjoyment of the first track. most of the tracks were somewhere between average and ok.

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