Saturday, 15 August 2015

DoctoR DooM - ‘The Seed We Have Sown’ (Album Review)

By: Hunter Young

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/07/2015
Label:  Ripple Music/STB Records





‘It's a monstrous sound, reminding me of a club scene in many a Bond film, but replace lounge piano or jazz with a much more upbeat rock band. This is Everyman Rock. And they love to stay around with their songs, so look forward to an album full of 4+ minute slabs that will take you along sonic highways of old.’


‘The Seed We Have Sown’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). The Sun
2). Abso-Fuckin'-Lutely
3). Stuck in the Past
4). So Jinxed
5). Relax You're Dead
6). Behind Your Shadow
7). At War with Myself
8). Truth in the Dark
9). To Be Continued...

Dr DooM is

Jean-Laurent Pasquet | Vocal, guitar
Jérémie Delattre | Guitar
Sébastien Boutin Blomfield | Bass, keys
Michel Marcq | Drums

The Review:

The past few years have seen a massive resurgence in the popularity of retro 60/70s fuzz rock bands, in all their doom/stoner/fuzz/acid glory and pontifications of the rock sound. However, only a few have really got that vibe that shook you from the bottom of your gator boots to the tops of those fuzzy fros: Graveyard, Witchcraft, Pagan Altar, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Le Betre.... it's a long and mostly Nordic list. Today, I submit another name for this very exceptional list: Doctor DooM.

Their newest album and subject of today's exercise in how many times I can say Fuzz, ‘This Seed We Have Sown’, rocks every which way but physical pieces of earth! They have everything: fuzzy guitars, a singer who croons with a smoothness not seen outside of a bourbon bottle, a drummer who must ooze groove, and a presentation that would make Presbyterians start tapping their foot in time. It’s the essence of rock reborn into pure ecstasy. 

Their sound is cleaner than most fuzz/retro bands, with a very old school jangle inside their cleaned up tones. It's denim and leather, very much so, but well groomed and taken care of. And having mentioned fuzzy clean tones, their big string section, the almighty rock bass, lays down the lowest beat rhythms you've heard this year. It's a monstrous sound, reminding me of a club scene in many a Bond film, but replace lounge piano or jazz with a much more upbeat rock band. This is Everyman Rock. And they love to stay around with their songs, so look forward to an album full of 4+ minute slabs that will take you along sonic highways of old.

Full disclosure, I also wrecked my computer's sub on the new Goya.... so having only heard the higher parts of the band (fixed as I write this....), this album simply sparkles. Many highlights abound, one such being the song ‘So Jinxed’, with it's sweet, odd strumming intro, more low sounding back beat, and a pace that absolutely kicks my ass into wanting to do something fun! Doctor DooM excels at bolstering the soul and spirit of the listener, as all good rock should do, relying less on simple chords, or odd structure, Doctor DooM instead props the wobbly table of rock up with slabs of actual playing, with scales and notes and stuff! It's all very heady! 

If you pick up this album, be prepared to have a liquid light show go off inside your pleasure center, as scintillating rhythms, pounding beats, and sultry seduction echo throughout one of the most solid fuzzed up 
retro rock releases this year! 


The Seed We Have Sown’ is available here

Band Info: Facebook | Bandcamp

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