Bongripper
Empty


4.1
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
April 20th, 2024 | 40 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of their best releases so far.

One of the more elusive doom/sludge metal acts returned after six years with another monster of an album. Bongripper have mastered their craft, composing massive, punishing tunes and Empty does deliver in bulk. After the 10th anniversary of their magnum opus, Satan Worshipping Doom, the quartet seems to have taken the respective gargantuan riff levels as the starting point of their latest affair. During the hour-long listen, this sonic roller coaster will take you from the murkiest progressions, occasionally augmented by scorching, post-metal guitar leads, to mesmerizing feedback drone. The magic lies in the way the band rips through each segment, varying tempos and grooves. None of them overstay their welcome, developing constantly. After the two mammoth cuts, “Nothing” & “Remains”, “Forever” introduces a more mournful atmosphere, alongside post-rock inspired crescendos. As expected, the climax reveals gritty, low tuned chords, seguing into the title track, which sums up the entire record in all its 21-minute glory. With so much going on, you don’t have to listen to Empty as a whole to grasp its dark beauty, however, as usually for the genre, it’s worth the extended immersion into the seemingly endless descent of low end riffs and noise. At this point, Bongripper have become one of the most reliable groups for a quality experience of heavy, instrumental music. Their continuous forays into sludgy doom metal turn more refined with each release.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2024


6213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Excellent record, just as good as Satan Worshipping Doom IMO.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEEfZWZqzzc&list=OLAK5uy_k17fml8-Rjb3yJ6aWclnHtRMT_Zl080AA

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2024


10318 Comments


Hype

Only heard satan worshiping doom but I like satan worshiping doom so I should jam this as well

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2024


61291 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh nice, bookmarked!

Sniff
April 20th 2024


8111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Banger

Hawks
April 20th 2024


90689 Comments


Gotta jam. Band rulez.

Lichtbringer
April 20th 2024


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

caught me totally off guard there. jamming now!!

MeatSalad
April 20th 2024


18648 Comments


Meant to check these guys out like 12 years ago, now is as good a time as any I suppose

GiaNXGX
April 20th 2024


5458 Comments


Listening to this

evilford
April 20th 2024


65223 Comments


Oh nice, cool band

Lichtbringer
April 21st 2024


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not sure if it quite touches SWD for me, but it certainly delivers. great tones and production, too.

Dizchu
April 21st 2024


569 Comments


funeral stoner doom, gotta love it

GhostShelter
April 21st 2024


1009 Comments


Just impossible for me to get past a band name like that.

satanicaleve
April 22nd 2024


47 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

https://i.imgur.com/LtqYO43.jpeg I love them and my copy sounds massive

Spec
April 22nd 2024


39708 Comments


Nice. Didn’t know this was coming.

Gmork89
April 23rd 2024


8727 Comments


Ill have to try this tomorrow.

WretchedCacophony
April 23rd 2024


3118 Comments


"Just impossible for me to get past a band name like that."
wym this band name is amazing. Even better than Cannabis Corpse

Dizchu
April 23rd 2024


569 Comments


music to drop out of life to

bloc
April 23rd 2024


70400 Comments


lol these songs lengths

Gmork89
April 23rd 2024


8727 Comments


I dont know if I have it in me for 20 min long doom songs anymore smh.

Edit - Yeah this is them most boring thing ive ever heard but im going to refrain from rating it because I dont' have the attention span to begin with so it wouldnt be fair.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2024


10318 Comments


music to drop out of life to [2]



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