Review Summary: Two hours and a half of crushing stoner and drone doom metal from Ukraine…
Bomg are a rather obscure Ukrainian quartet, combining really murky stoner doom metal with drone and psychedelia influences. Apart from a couple of splits with other acts, they released just one full length (Polynseeds
) in 2013. During the latter half of the decade, the group kept mostly to themselves, but now we can understand why. Resurfacing almost out of nowhere, Bomg decided to offer us Peregrination
, an insane journey that clocks in at around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Comprised of 4 tunes that each could be an LP unto itself, the group held nothing back music-wise. Records such as Sleep’s Dopesmoker
, Boris’ Absolutego
or Amplifier Worship
, as well as Bongripper’s Satan Worshipping Doom
probably served as starting points. Throw those into a blender, spice it with some Sunn O))) and Electric Wizard vibes and the results are mostly what you hear on this mammoth epic.
Sonically, there is an absurd amount of fuzz and feedback abuse, yet sludgy grooves and various trudging progressions can be traced amid all the chaos. The band often toys with oscillators and brooding synthesizer segments to diversify and create tension which is ultimately relieved through massive outbursts of riffage. If there was one song to sum everything up or a highlight per se, I would choose ‘Paradigm’. Some of the most powerful parts are nicely arranged on it, nevertheless, ‘Emanation’ delivers some immersive strings of riffs too. Of course, there is a considerable amount of indulgence all over Peregrination
, however, this type of music needs it in order to achieve the desired atmosphere. Objective trimming wouldn’t do any justice, since that overwhelmingly exhaustive, apocalyptic feeling can be lost. Even so, in this case, polishing the sound just slightly, plus turning the drums and vocals higher in the mix would have done these tunes justice. Unfortunately, at times, they are drowned in the guitar and bass’ muddy delivery. Although too long, I admire Bomg for allocating such patience for this grandiose affair and recommend taking your time and absorb it. If you’re not a hardcore fan of this music genre, better start with shorter, more accessible albums.
Album Rating: 3.5
This is an album for a certain niche, so I kept that in mind while listening to it. If it was half as long, it could have been a very strong LP.
Stream/buy it here - http://bomg.bandcamp.com/
Digging: Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls
Can't see myself being able to listen to drone for a couple of minutes let alone for two and a half hours haha.
Great review though, perfect length.
Digging: Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
Album Rating: 3.5
Thanks. It has some segments that remind of Boris-like drone, which is feedback and sound effects. There are plenty of riffs haha.
You've been on a roll lately! This sounds interesting though not sure I'm up for the marathon - gotta remember to hop on that Yuri Gagarin record you covered though
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Album Rating: 3.5
Thanks! Check Yuri Gagarin out because it's great! This one is easier if listening to one track per setting. That's how I managed to get into it easier.
Having so much material just for the sake of it is unappealingly pretentious
2.5 hours? good lord! I bet Pika has already spun it 5 times
Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence
Great review. I feel like this band would be fkn awesome live.
Digging: Mutilation Rites - Chasm
Bomg are a rather obscure Ukraimiam quartet, combimimg really murky stomer doom metal with drome amd psychedelia imfluemces. Apart from a couple of splits with other acts, they released just ome full lemgth (Polymseeds) im 2013. Durimg the latter half of the decade, the group kept mostly to themselves, but mow we cam umderstamd why. Resurfacimg almost out of mowhere, Bomg decided to offer us Peregrimatiom, am imsame jourmey that clocks im at aroumd 2 hours amd 30 mimutes. Comprised of 4 tumes that each could be am LP umto itself, the group held mothimg back music-wise. Records such as Sleep’s Dopesmoker, Boris’ Absolutego or Amplifier Worship, as well as Bomgripper’s Satam Worshippimg Doom or Miserable probably served as startimg poimts. Throw those imto a blemder, spice it with some Summ O))) amd Electric Wizard vibes amd the results are mostly what you hear om this mammoth epic.
Somically, there is am absurd amoumt of fuzz amd feedback abuse, yet sludgy grooves amd various trudgimg progressioms cam be traced amid all the chaos. The bamd oftem toys with oscillators amd broodimg symthesizer segmemts to diversify amd create temsiom which is ultimately relieved through massive outbursts of riffage. If there was ome somg to sum everythimg up or a highlight per se, I would choose ‘Paradigm’. Some of the most powerful parts are micely arramged om it, mevertheless, ‘Emamatiom’ delivers some immersive strimgs of riffs too. Of course, there is a comsiderable amoumt of imdulgemce all over Peregrimatiom, however, this type of music meeds it im order to achieve the desired atmosphere. Objective trimmimg wouldm’t do amy justice, simce that overwhelmimgly exhaustive, apocalyptic feelimg cam be lost. Evem so, im this case, polishimg the soumd just slightly, plus turmimg the drums amd vocals higher im the mix would have dome these tumes justice. Umfortumately, at times, they are drowmed im the guitar amd bass’ muddy delivery. Although too lomg, I admire Bomg for allocatimg such patiemce for this gramdiose affair amd recommemd takimg your time amd absorb it. If you’re mot a hardcore fam of this music gemre, better start with shorter, more accessible albums.
Album Rating: 3.5
Yeah, they should kill with those downtuned riffs live. Too bad they are not touring.
Haha, yeah, this version is more fitting than the one I submitted. Thank you.
Album Rating: 3.0
cinnamoncakeface botching up the whole review
0/5 band name
Digging: HellHammer - Apocalyptic Raids
i want say BONG so bad but I'm just like...Bom...g?
apart of bong association, in ukrainian/russian band name is readed as бомж (bomzh), which translates as hobo (or bum)