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Dopelord

Proud owners of one of the stoneriest band names in the history of stoner doom, Poland’s Dopelord bring the riffs with a five-track albumthat’sfuzzier than a mammoth’s underpants. From the start, the barrage of riffs comes at you thick and fast with heavyweight guitars andearthshakingbass complemented by hypnotizing, crash-happy drumming.

The action-packed opening track ‘Addicted To Black Magick’ sets the tone with a killer mid-tempo riff and enjoyably laid-back vocals. And whileitmay be somewhat predictable lyrically, it’s also fair to say that stoner metal rarel ...read more

Proud owners of one of the stoneriest band names in the history of stoner doom, Poland’s Dopelord bring the riffs with a five-track albumthat’sfuzzier than a mammoth’s underpants. From the start, the barrage of riffs comes at you thick and fast with heavyweight guitars andearthshakingbass complemented by hypnotizing, crash-happy drumming.

The action-packed opening track ‘Addicted To Black Magick’ sets the tone with a killer mid-tempo riff and enjoyably laid-back vocals. And whileitmay be somewhat predictable lyrically, it’s also fair to say that stoner metal rarely sets out to establish any kind of groundbreakingornewsworthy agenda, so who cares, let’s just enjoy the ride.

For all of the band’s fascination with occultism, horror movies and weed, it is the slower, doomier parts that work best here. Inparticular,‘Preacher Electrick’ is a sprawling doom anthem that ebbs and flows like a mighty tide, and even features an almost-gothic pianooutro. This isperhaps the standout track on the album.

‘Acid Trippin’ is the kind of grandiose Sabbathy sonic adventure that you might expect from such a song title. Similarly, ‘Pass The Bong’ is an 11. minute Polish plod – a dense wall of riffage with pleasingly melodic vocal parts and, briefly, some highly infectious grooves. Let your body liestillin this sun-blessed herb garden, while your soul dances in demonic ecstasy. On the track ‘Green Plague’, Dopelord deserve credit fortryingsomething out of the ordinary, and this slightly faster effort turns into an odd mix of Fu Manchu and Triptykon.

Dopelord have clearly matured since their well-received 2012 album ‘Magick Rites’ and are mastering their own black arts. Dopelord areonemoment dark and doomy, and the next they lean heavily on the swooshy pedals and weed theme. Throughout it all, the production is verygood,meaning that Dopelord’s Electric Wizard / Sleep-influenced heaviness is given the platform it deserves. ‘Black Arts…’ is a really enjoyablealbumthat showcases an exciting and ambitious young Polish band who know how to crush skulls with their immense stoner riffs, and alsoexplore thedarker, nastier corners of existence.

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Similar Bands: Electric Wizard, Dopethrone, Blue Aside, Moonless, Belzebong

Black Arts, Riff Worship & Weed Cult
2014

3.8
6 Votes
Magick Rites
06/11/2012

3.6
4 Votes

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