Album Review

Aldebaran “…From Forgotten Tombs” [Kreation Records]

atavist   1/3/2022   12-inch, A Library

album artwork for From Forgotten Tombs by Aldebaran

This 12” from 2008 compiles tracks from a couple of this Portland, Oregon doom band’s early 7” and split releases (plus a cover of “The Ghoul” by Pentagram). A little stonery, a bit crusty, all cranked into the red and heavy. Appropriately foul vocal stylings, guitars perpetually on the verge of careening into unrestrained feedback. They dig Lovecraft, and track 3, “They Bend the Trees and Crush the Cities” is instrumental save a Yog Sothoth incantation audio sample. “Aldebaran Red” is the big epic track, and “Tower of Famine” has a bluesy riff that gives way, in the middle, to a wild sprint before stumbling, as if catching its breath, into thick plodding doom. “The Ghoul”, with its satisfyingly ghoulish lyrics, closes out a consistent record. Every track does the trick.

you heard it 5 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • today, Reject Girl played The Ghoul (Pentagram cover)
  • 3 days ago, Atavist played They Bend the Trees and Crush the Cities
  • 9 days ago, Grawer played Aldebaran Red
  • 10 days ago, Lurker played Tower of Famine
  • 10 days ago, Atavist played Astoroth
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