Saturday, 17 August 2013

Opium Divan - Wach|Koma - Review

Opium Divan is a Death/Doom/Sludge Metal Band from Germany

Opium Divan is a band who play epic Doom/Sludge/Death Metal that is full of anger, despair and downright misery. If you want a bleak Sludge/Doom Metal band to leave you in an emotional and vulnerable state then Opum Divan is the band for you.

They have given me a copy of their debut album to listen to. Wach|Koma is 60 minutes featuring some of the most brutal and bleak riffs I have had the chance to listen to this year. This is on par with Primitive Man’s classic debut Scorn.

Don’t go expecting uplifting moment of melodic progressive sludge as you won’t find it here. This is music to terrify your soul to. Opium Divan don’t hold back especially from the first epic track - One Last Cloud. 9:16 minutes of finely tuned down-tempo Doom/Sludge Metal with a haunting drone backdrop mixed in for extra added twisted pleasure.

Though the album starts off with a two minute ambient based track – Ritual (Intro) – but the album really starts on One Last Cloud. Opium Divan show you you’re in for a bleak 60 minute ride into the deepest darkest depths of where Doom/Sludge Metal can possibly goto.

Opium Divan play at a mid pace slowly building up the tension before exploding a loud wall of violent noise around you.

3rd Track – Coma – shows the band getting right down to business. Playing more brutal crushing riffs with violent vocals to match. The vocalist feels in so much pain here. He actually makes you feel worried and scared what damage he is putting his vocal chords through. Gives the song a very dangerous edge indeed.

From then on the band start to play slow and fast violent Sludge/Doom Metal riffs to crush your soul to. Check out excellent tracks – Light Breaks, Stunden Inpuls and Stillstand. This is where the band show their true potential as Sludge/Doom Metal overlords. All these songs run past the 10 minute mark. So buckle up as your in for one violent ride full of action packed noisy violent riffs. And I mean that in the best possible way.

The band prove what excellent musicians they are as they never make you lose interest at any moment of this superb and hard hitting album. Germany has a thriiving Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal scene at the moment with too many great bands to mention. But Opium Divan are definitely one of the most heaviest and uncomprimising bands I have had the pleasure to hear so far from the German scene.

Wach|Koma deserves to be played on the loudest sound system you can get your hands on. As it will shatter eveything around you. The band have written some truly epic loud riffs to terrify your friends and neighbours with. Though the band have written some thought provoking lyrics to match the nightmarish sounds on show.

This album will slowly become part of your subconscience. It’s a bruta and throught provoking tale told through the power of music. This album has the power to give you nightmares for life!!!!

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Hunt this down when you can as you wil love it like I did. I don’t know when it’s out but I have been told by the band it will be very soon. I will keep you updated.

Thanks to Opium Divan for sending me a copy to review.

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