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Evoke Thy Lords - Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar! review

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Band: Evoke Thy Lords
Album: Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!
Release date: March 2015

01. Damn These Deserts
02. Betrayer. Lier
03. World Without Me
04. I Want To Sleep
05. Sky Is Falling
06. Human Thoughts As A Weapon
07. Time Is A Murderer

Nearly 25 years ago Jello Biafra (formerly of Dead Kennedys) teamed up with Nomeansno to urge me to "Ride The Flume."

Flash forward to 2015 and now Evoke Thy Lords is back encouraging me to ride the Floom.


Basic math. Flute + Stoner Doom = Floom.

And with the awesomely named Boys! Grow Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar! the Siberian Cosmonauts are doling more of that stoner rock meets doom vibe. All topped off with woodwind work of Irina Drebushchak, who (to call back to a shameless movie reference in my review of Drunken Tales) "has a voice that could make a wolverine purr and plays flute so fine she makes Ron Burgundy sound like a hobo."

The band plays some great stoner jams. The drummer feels like he's just loose, chilling and flowing free behind the kit while the bass and guitar work together to bounce between crunchy jams and doomy power chord mashing. The flute shows up to float along and bounce over the jammy bits to provide some buzzchill, often, though, not appearing to be flowing with the current? sometimes just floating a tad off on their own, like a leaf on the wind.

The biggest drawback is the vocals on the male end. While Irina isn't going to unseat Tarja as femme icon, but her pipes are fitting. The death doom growls aren't that great, though and almost feel out of place. The raspier, near spoken bit worked better. As with the predecessor, the vocals are used somewhat sparsely. That works, as the band's at its best just jamming and grooving away, but they fill what would be an otherwise odd void. They fill a needed role as I think the album might be slightly diminished if just an instrumental affair.

The band toss in a few more curveballs, beyond that flute thing. Betrayer. Lier starts with what sounds like bongos, throat singing and a mouth harp.

So enough with my words. I suggest you check this out. In the meantime, I'm off. I need to research me some subterranean fungiculture.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Written on 24.03.2015 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments: 9   Visited by: 120 users
24.03.2015 - 23:04
Auntie Sahar
Drone Empress
Gotta get on this sometime this week. Drunken Tales was one of my favorite doom albums from 2013 and from what you're saying it would seem that this one just continues to ride the glory train
I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go.

24.03.2015 - 23:13
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Gotta try this out, sound interesting
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''
I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
25.03.2015 - 00:14
Account deleted
Is it a frog, or a mushroom?
25.03.2015 - 01:21
Rating: 7

I'm pleasantly surprised to see this. It feels like I just discovered Drunken Tales which I enjoyed (though thanks to Bittercold, I see Ron Burgundy in my head everytime I listen to it lol).
25.03.2015 - 02:48
Excellent review. So happy this unique and awesome band is back with another gem
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
25.03.2015 - 06:09
Rating: 8

Forgot about this band but this is already sounding pretty good. I haven't listened to much metal this year, though.
26.03.2015 - 18:48
Account deleted
Checking out the album. Two songs in and sounds really nice. Specially the first intrumental.
16.04.2015 - 16:08
Cynic Metalhead
Paisa Vich Nasha
Sadly, this record didn't garnered that much appreciation as it supposed to have. Must be hit or miss with many people but I enjoyed it.

EVoke once again delivered a beast.
22.04.2015 - 09:46
Rating: 8

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 16.04.2015 at 16:08

Sadly, this record didn't garnered that much appreciation as it supposed to have. Must be hit or miss with many people but I enjoyed it.

EVoke once again delivered a beast.

I agree with you completely. What a shame this didn't get the appreciation it deserves. I actually think this is better than their last effort.

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