Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground
2004, Crucial Blast Records
Various Artists, "Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground"
Doom metal is a very diverse genre. The title encompasses everything from the most crushing, sludgy incarnation of death metal to cleanly sung, Sabbathy ballads. So when I was given the Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground CD for review, I was expecting a very mixed bag...and that's kind of what I got. This compilation has a variety of doomy slabs, though the majority of the disc is full of gruffer vocalled, mid-paced, hard-hitting, Sabbath-on-steroids heaviness. Apparently the DC/Maryland area has more bands like Earthride and Internal Void than like Sleep or Warhorse...but that's just dandy because there's only so much supersludge a man can take at one time!
The most interesting contributions come from the ever-popular Clutch, who start things off firmly with "Sea of Destruction," Internal Void with their creepy yet rocking attack, Carrion's unique approach on "Damned to Know" and of course, a bludgeoning contribution from Earthride called "Grip the Wheel." Interesting newcomers included in this comp (i.e. those to keep an eye on) include War Injun, Los Tres Pedasos, Black Manta, the silk-smooth Nitroseed and the aforementioned Carrion. And while there are 14 bands and I've only listed eight, the other six aren't half bad either, making Doom Capital a solid compilation that both shows off many different groups' styles and manages to be an entertaining listen all at the same time!
Sea of Destruction (Clutch)