Hell (self titled full length)

by MSW

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Zachary Walker
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Zachary Walker Your last show at The Tonic Lounge is a performance to be remembered very fondly for the rest of my days. What an awesome show. This Tonic lounge night is how concerts should be.
Camel
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Camel With the conclusion of the Hell trilogy, this LP steps away from MSW's previous 3 albums while maintaining an amalgamation of their essences. This LP is less of a musical auditory experience, as I'd describe the last 3 albums, and more of music as we generally think of it. His musicianship really shines here and I believe it is his best work so far. This album is full of sludge, crunch, doom, and crushing sound. For extreme doom metal, this LP is hard to beat. Support Hell, buy this album. Favorite track: Victus.
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corrance666 It fully encapsulates the emptiness that fills the void inside me. Favorite track: Seelenlos.
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1.
Seelenlos 04:20
2.
Helmzmen 09:35
3.
SubOdin 07:30
4.
Machitikos 05:38
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Inscriptus 05:01
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Victus 12:36

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Mere seconds into opener “Helmzmen,” the fat riffing and thunderous drums make their presence felt, leveling heads and eardrums with ease. Then there’s the bass. Gross, distorted, grimy, chewy bass that feels wet and diseased. Bass that, upon listening, will make you want to take a shower to scrape the filth off. In other words, the bass tone is disgustingly awesome. Adding to the misery, the indecipherable vocals howl, yowl, hiss, screech, and caw with unhinged insanity, adding to the miserable feeling one gets when hopelessly trapped in their own private nightmare. This isn’t doom that begs you to boogie and groove, or doom that laments in sadness and woe. This is Doom (capital “D” intended) that instills dread in the listener, eschewing the false hope that things will be okay in the end.
And that dread lingers and grows as the minutes progress. “SubOdin” and “Inscriptus” both have moments where Hell “rocks out,” coming the closest to what demons would consider a good party tune, but they’re still covered in soot and brimstone ash. Instrumental “Wandering Soul” contains a decent Grief-esque groove, offering what little light the album allows the listener to enjoy. But the most effective statement of intent comes in the form of the 17-minute one-two punch of the final two songs. First up, the twelve-minute “Victus” lurches like a diseased behemoth before spreading out with a tremolo riff at four minutes in, launching into a somber melody (complete with violins) at 6:33, and finally decimating from 8:45 onward with riff after crushing riff. And closer “Seelenos” is the musical equivalent of Nosferatu the Vampyre‘s Lucy Harker surveying the wreckage of her beloved city of Wismar after Count Dracula moves in. A somber guitar melody and a woman’s operatic wailing offer not peace, but rather the dismal aftermath of a journey wrought with despair and hopelessness. A fitting end to a dreary endeavor.

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released August 11, 2017

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MSW Salem, Oregon

Extreme doom and piano music from Salem, Or since 2008.
All music written and recorded by M.S.W.

Now active as a live performance with session musicians from Mania, Mizmor, and The Fools.

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