Exclusive Track Premiere
Shakhtyor - Handschuhmannposted on 7/2013 By:
After debuting in Europe late last year through Cyclone Empire, German doom trio Shakhtyor have announced that their self-titled record is finally making the trip Stateside via Metal Blade Records. The four-track disc will hit shelves on August 20th, and Last Rites is proud to present an exclusive cut, "Handschuhmann".
At a shade under eight minutes, "Handschuhmann" is the album's quickest burn, but it doesn't sacrifice the band's sweeping drama for relative brevity. Opening with a lumbering, Kenselian stomp, the band wastes little time in rumbling its way to a quaking boil. The riffage turns toward sludge at the track's midpoint yet remains crisp and measured, bolstered by a sobering vibrancy and crucial tone.
This voiceless trio shares a spiritual kinship with some of the acts on Supernatural Cat, but manage to reside in an comfortable Goldilocks zone: More measured and fleshed-out than Zolle, more stoic and earthbound than Ufomammut. Dexterously, Shakhtyormanage to avoid the trappings of like-minded doomsters; they don't merely string riffs together, nor do they allow themselves to careen skyward in fickle flights of impulse. They drive, they dig, and they deliver.
TAGGED Doom,Metal Blade Records,Cyclone Empire