Bongripper
Satan Worshipping Doom


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At least weed is legal in hell...

I first discovered Bongripper while sober. What a mistake! I just didn't get the band. I could acknowledge their skills and heavy riffs, but something didn't click. That all changed when I got crazy stoned on OG Kush and Tangerine Dream, the kind of high where time comes to a stop and it's as if you're seeing through a strobe light, the kind of high where a person would think you were on heroin if they walked in on you. It was awesome. But then, the next song that came on the stereo was "Doom", the closing track to Bongripper's Satan Worshipping Doom. That's when it clicked. The marijuana allowed me to see into the fifth dimension of music, and it call came to a stunning realization; Bongripper were pure geniuses of the genre.

Having been a fan of Bongripper years for at least a decade, I've come to recognize their distinct sound, which is saying quite a bit, since even the best doom, stoner, or sludge metal acts show no sublities towards referencing their idols. Bongripper keeps this formatting for Satan Worshipping Doom, but the concept of this album - that being Satanic worship - gives the band a fresh fulfilling sound, while still staying true to the music they have produced in the past. This aspect of the album shows signs of not only great musicianship, but also of growth within the band. It really does sound like a bad stoner trip in hell, like that time your friend dared you to take ten hits from the gravity bong, and it all starts to hit at the same time. Everything gradually builds up to an intense climax, even without much conventional versatility.

The timing and pacing of this album is one of, if not, the best qualities Satan Worshipping Doom has to offer. The riffs themselves sound unique and fresh, as well as reminiscent of earlier doom metal acts such as Pentagram or Candlemass. Another fresh aspect to the music on this album is the memorable, perfectly placed, psychedelic guitar solos that are presented in the tracks "Satan" and "Worship". These solos play into the dark, evil tone of the album as well as flaunting the skills of axe-men Dennis Pleckham and Nick Dellacroce in their playing and writing abilities. Since originality doesn't come easy in any form of music, sludge and doom metal being a particularly good example, bands need to know the music they are writing inside and out to ensure that the album will not only fit the genre they are aiming for, but offer the listeners something new as well. Instead of selling out and giving listeners something more generic while calling it a fresh change of sound, Bongripper sticks to a format that has done them well for six albums now. Playing at slow and plodding paces - with the exception to the second track, Satan, which opens with a very interesting black metal riff - , the band focuses on its builds into climactic, heavy riffs that sound inspired and original.

The last thing that makes this album particularly great, is of course, the production. While some sludge bands, such as Eyehategod or Sourvein, choose to revel in their sloppy production, Bongripper takes the clean cut approach to how this album sounded. The mix on the album makes it that all the instruments are audible at all times, and that the concept of the album can fully blossom. What I'm trying to say is: the album sounds kick ass! Although it sounds clean, it still maintains a rough grittiness and muddy sound that all sludge metal albums require. It's a unique balance that really works well in its favor.

I'm stoned right now so I don't know what more to say. But it's cool so you're probably stoned too. Peace.



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Allergist
July 20th 2020


1068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To quote Uncle Vvornth:

"I was gonna come bump the thread but there's no review. how in the name of FUCK does this have 153 ratings and no review?????????????? sad"



well now it was 219 votes with no review, until I came along. Really odd. But yeah here it is

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2020


24299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great job man, absolute kings in their genre.



And yes why this wasn't reviewed until today is one of many Sput mysteries.

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Relinquished
July 20th 2020


46247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i’m sure it had one before

MotokoKusanagi
July 20th 2020


3751 Comments


this definitely deserved a review, good stuff. i was jammin Hippie Killer the other day

hel9000
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2020


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nicely done. album is great

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2020


24299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"i’m sure it had one before"



Yep, might be that someone asked for a wipe.

Lichtbringer
July 20th 2020


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album’s pretty fkn sick save for the last track, which is a bit boring.

BallsToTheWall
July 20th 2020


50351 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Monster album.

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evilford
July 20th 2020


51506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sweet pos'd gr8 album

zaruyache
July 21st 2020


23854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these dudes godamn destroyed when I saw them.

Allergist
July 21st 2020


1068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are on my bucketlist for sure. I’ve seen youtube footage of their shows and they look crushing.

deathofasalesman
July 21st 2020


7323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yessss, this and Miserable are massive fkn albums. Good review dude. I like that you mention smoking weed because it's actually critical when listening to their albums lol

farmerobama
July 21st 2020


445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The musical equivalent of being so goddamn high that you can't stand up

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MotokoKusanagi
July 21st 2020


3751 Comments


m/

Hawks
July 21st 2020


74145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NICEEEEE.

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Allergist
July 22nd 2020


1068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YESSSSSSS M/M/M/

Inoculaeted
July 22nd 2020


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm legit jealous of you for noticing this didn't have a review. Nice work.

Pikazilla
July 24th 2020


16151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy fuck this got a review



Sweet

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2020


5428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They should be playing this album in its entirety this Autumn throughout Europe, but I'm sure it won't happen. Sigh... maybe next year

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Allergist
July 24th 2020


1068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck COVID. I would've loved to have seen this band live



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