The riff comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s clean, catchy and elegant. Sometimes it’s filthy, grimy and about as elegant as a sledgehammer to the sternum. Dopethrone is the latter.
This three piece group from Montreal play some of the filthiest, skull crushingest, downright face smashing riffs I’ve heard in a long time. Dopethrone’s brand of sludge is like having your entire body slowly crushed in a vice. It’s not going to be fast, it’s going to be long and slow with a never ceasing pressure. This is the kind of sludge that just holds you in your chair, not only are you too scared to move, you can’t move.
Sticking to the tried and tested molasses slow pace, Dopethrone hammer you with riffage so drenched in distortion and fuzz, it might not even be human any more. Combined with the guttural groans from vocalist Vincent and the mixing of some truly creepy samples, it’s one hell of a trip.
For those up on their sludge education you may notice that Dopethrone is the name of Electric Wizards third studio album. showing where these guys get their inspiration from.
Like many awesome bands, these guys are currently unsigned with 2 albums to their name, 2009’s “Demonsmoke” and 2011’s “Dark Foil” (Which has been getting the most spins for me). Their album’s available for $6 on Bandcamp and they are currently on tour in Holland. Give these guys a listen and let yourself cave to the dark forces of the riff.