Dopelord brings weighted bluesy doom in its best form.
From across the pond, Poland is making a lot of noise. In 2010, Dopelord formed in Lublin and debuted their first full-length album in 2012, Magick Rites. The northern areas of Europe are known for some of the darkest and heaviest metal to hit the underground pipe works of their genre. Books and documentaries have been written on the play and image of True Norwegian Black Metal with the likes of Mayhem, Celtic Frost, Immortal, and Darkthrone but now we have the pleasure of hearing a band with a strong blues backbone and a gurgling resonance of distortion. Dopelord is on our list of promising bands in doom and we anxiously await their next album. Members include: Miodek(Vocals/Guitars), Klusek(Bass), Xerxes(Drums), and Mroku(Guitar).
Magick Rites checks all of our boxes for proper doom metal characteristics. The songs are lengthy but don’t drag on endlessly(few bands can keep rhythm in the 15 min+ range anyway). Track names like “Unihorn” and “Ghost Hits From The Bong” are creatively funny and the lyrics hold themes of occultism, rituals and drugs. Something about these three themes makes doom what it is and losing yourself in the spliff becomes more special, whether you partake or not. I meant to say riff; my apologies. For some, its bands like these that let you feel under the influence by just falling into that groove. Magick Rites gets an added bonus as it was produced independently and I would put money down that all the members hold day jobs to front the cost of their band efforts in strive of keeping Dopelord underground.
My highlights from the album include “Ghost Hits From The Bong” and “Lucfer’s Son.” The earlier tees off with a super bluesy riff that gets accompanied in heavy unison with the other members. The lyrics are amazing; every time I hear the chorus I cant help but shake my head and smile. “Ghost Hits..”‘s bridge has a bass melody following the solo with an underlaid sample of a bong hit; it works because it is subtle. Bands like Bongzilla crank waterpipe samples up strong, which are perfect for their sound. For Dopelord, there’s no sense in trying to sound like another band; difference should be embraced. The second favorite track, “Lucifer’s Son,” starts with a sound bite from “Lumaban ka, Satanas” or The Killing of Satan, which is a Filipino-made horror fantasy from 1983. Sound bites from occult-inspired films, is their anything more fitting? Rhetorical! The weight of this track is so heavy you’ll feel the pressure from your speakers guaranteed to raise hair until its through. At $3 for this seven-track album on bandcamp.com there is no way to fault. Check the link at the bottom for their front on bandcamp and keep listening!