Godbud
Dope Supreme
(2019)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre:
Stoner rock, Sludge
Sounds Like:
Monolord, Deadbird, Snail
Thursday, February 28, 2019
We can’t tell you the last time we encountered or ever covered a band from Istanbul Turkey. While familiar with Moribund Oblivion who started back in the late 90s, Godbud is new territory for us. Dope Supreme, the bands debut album delivers across the board consistency on all fronts. Distinctive vocals with diverse harmonies, fuzz layered fretwork and bass bellowing, topped off with some solid fucking percussion. What we have here is a solid straight atcha stoner rock album with above average production. Classic doom tempos never lose their luster throughout the album as patient vision dominates our perception. The three tracks classically intertwine interchangeably.

Track Listing:
1. Low Spirit (7:04)
2. King of Delusion (6:45)
3. Toluene (11:32)

Standout Track:
"Low Spirit" features the best harmonies of the lot and has the most change-ups and contrast. While all three tracks meld well together, "Low Spirit" has the more prominent melodies and captures out utmost attention.

Alcohol Pairing:
At 5% ABV we have to go classic pilsner with Dope Supreme. Efes Pilsen is the undisputed number one beer in Turkey. This perky inoffensive pilsner comes in bottles, cans and on tap. Overall this is a very good Euro pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance for the style. If they used brown bottles, it might have even been better.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.9 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.7 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.0 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.8 out of 11

Contrast
8.3 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.5 out of 11

Production Value
9.0 out of 11

Band Members:
O.A. - Guitars & Howls
K.C. - Bass & Shrieks
E.S. - Drums & Chants

Final Thoughts:
This is a steal for $3 on BandCamp. 25 minutes of solidly produced sludge fuzz. We appreciate the vocal diversity throughout and highly recommend this for the classic stoner sludge fans of yesteryear.

Follow Godbud: Bandcamp / Facebook
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