Lochness
Black Smokers
(2019)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Sludge, Doom
Sounds Like:
Electric Wizard, Rezn, Steinsopp
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Hailing from Montreal, Canada the sludge trio known as Lochness have crept up from the depths of the oceans to unveil their debut album Black Smokers. With a love for the deep sea and its endless depths, Lochness will pull you into their undertow of hallucenegetic sludge. This is one hell of a debut album, as they have put a lot of thought and creativity into Black Smokers. With Rezn-like aquatic vocals mixed with raw and stoner sludge, these guys have a unique sounding quality. The soft and toned down moments really elevate the album, creating great contrast with the heavy.

Lochness show maturity for a band releasing a debut album. They know when to pull back from the heavy onslaught and create a feeling of endless drifting. The production is very good especially with the scattered spoken word moments (which tend to be about scuba or Lochness monster themes). We have no doubt fans of the heavy will absolutely drool over this album. It should work its way into the Doom charts at any moment.

Tracklist:
1. Sea Weed 07:41
2. Black Smokers 10:01
3. Alien Deep 09:44
4. Pressure Test 08:03

Standout Track(s)
The whole album is a trip, the way all four tracks drip into one another is a subtle touch that keeps the listener engaged. Our favorite by a narrow margin may be “Alien Deep”. This track has something about it that is really captivating. The two vocal styles and oozing sludge just sounds tremendous on high volumes and through headphones.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Misanthropic Apathy (Ghost 765) by Virginia based brewery Adroit Theory Brewing Company. The 8.00% ABV hazy IPA has notes of black pepper and mango, an odd combination, yet very flavorful. A nice pairing with Black Smokers.

ROTATION RECAP:
Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.2 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.9 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.2 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.8 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.2 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.9 of 11

Production Value
8.8 of 11

Final Thoughts
Lochness have have delivered the goods on this one. They do just enough to separate themselves from the countless sludge albums out there. For fans of doom, Black Smokers is a no brainier, plus the ‘Name Your Price’ on Bandcamp is criminal.

Lochness are:
Guitar: Mathias Fortier
Bass: Alban Bachand
Drum/Vox: Tony Ross

Follow Lochness: Bandcamp / Facebook
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