Doomster Reich - The League for Mental Distillation - (7/10)
Published on January 27, 2015
Doomster Reich is a rather eccentric Polish doom metal band that formed in 2012. The band released their debut album The League for Mental Distillation in 2014 through the Polish label The End of Time Records. Straddling the lines between traditional doom metal and psychedelic doom, Doomster Reich brings a classic sound laced with trippy vibes and jam band tendencies.
From the opening lick, one becomes instantly aware that Doomster Reich plies the waters of slow moving psychedelia. The band dabbles with plodding, reverb drenched riffing and trudging percussion, conveying a sound utterly drenched in the seventies. The League for Mental Distillation brings the doom of Sabbathian riffing and the trippy nature of Hawkwind, but, in a very eccentric and eclectic manner, adding a bit of everything to the mix. The album’s opener, “John Woe”, shows the band with in fine form, dabbling with rolling percussion, punchy bass and prime traditional doom riffing, but the frequent lead guitar breaks ooze with a late ’60s, early ’70s hard rock vibe. Indeed, much of what the band plays sounds like it could have been summoned during an accidental trip triggered by a small dose of LSD left in a headband; moments of lucid, traditional doom surrounding by the ramblings of a lunatic. “Pornosopher’s Dream” embodies the drug-induced styling with spoken word vocals amid twisting, psychedelic music.
While most of the album sounds like it could have been recorded in 1972, the band does bring a few touches of modernity that bring reality crashing back down. The majority of “I Ate Some Desert Diamonds” flirts with stoner-esque riffing and traditional doom, but towards the end the band opens up with a rollicking riff and some trailing minor key extrapolations that sound eerily to things heard on second wave black metal albums. “Comfort of Conscious Demise” continues the more rollicking sound but, with the band continuing to weave psychedelic vibes into the music, it’s able to retain a cohesive sound, even if the elements are more modern. The vocals are interesting, sounding like a cross between Page Hamilton’s maniacal shouts and the crooning of Sam Black Church with just a dose of Bobby Liebling added for good measure.
Doomster Reich’s debut is a surprisingly decent effort. Laced with ’70s psychedelia, Sabbathian riffs and the spacey nature of Hawkwind, The League for Mental Distillation should please fans of doom and psychedelic metal, but just remember that the band does dabble with a dose modernity. With classy lead guitars and a fat bass tone, Doomster Reich may have a silly, cliché band name, but their music is pretty damn convincing.