Rivers of Gore
Rivers of Gore
(2018)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Doom, Psychedelic
Sounds Like:
Neurosis, Sleep, Wo Fat
Monday, October 15, 2018
The self-titled debut album from Rivers of Gore celebrates experimental fuzz and jam-doom to its fullest. Former members of Vinnum Sabbathi, Bloodwitch, and Powertrip join forces from the Mexico City underground heavy music scene to bring you a pensive journey through very dark tunnels. While the production is average, we find the trio to do a nice job steadily spiraling into a rich doom world accentuated by psychedelic fuzz. Lead singer Rolo Riemer is impressive as he prods along with his rustic tone gradually building the emotion and strife. We appreciate the meandering fretwork that does not fall too far astray. After several rotations we found ourselves more engulfed in the texture of this album. Three tracks that really dive deep and contain a fair amount of complexity and thought.

Track Listing:
1. Abduction (The message) (14:23)
2. Glory and Punishment (18:26)
3. Shell Shock (14:24)

Standout Track:
"Glory and Punishment" takes us to the pinnacle where fuzz and doom hit some pretty interesting angles. The combination of the high-tone fretwork and Riemer’s escalating emotion really hits home on this one. 

Adult Beverage Pairing:
When in Mexico do as the night owls do and request a ‘Vampiro’ a Mexican take on the classic hangover busting Bloody Mary. Made by combining a touch of lime juice with tequila, sangrita (a spicy tomato flavoured chaser) and grapefruit soda, it’s served in a salt-rimmed glass. Plenty of ice is necessary to give this delicious drink an extra-refreshing kick.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.1 out of 11

Vocal Performance
8.7 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.8 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
7.6 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.5  out of 11

 Contrast
7.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
8.2 out of 11

Production Value
6.9 out of 11

Band Members:
Samuel López: Drums 
Daniel García: Bass 
Rolo Riemer: Guitar/Vocals 

Final Thoughts:
Heavy fuzz-jam fans will enjoy this one for its layered approach and infusion of doom, stoner and psychedelia. We appreciate the trio’s vision and ability really hit some interesting takes on a blended approach to experimental jam sessions.

Follow Rivers of Gore: Bandcamp / Facebook
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