This 4-Track-Ep is far more than just two bands put together. Apart from the plans for doing a split together the output has become a perfect intermission.
For UK-based Genre youngsters Groan before releasing their second album with a partial new line up and for Finland’s Doom expertise Vinum Sabbatum right in time to evolve excitement towards the first full-length publication. Both Groan and Vinum Sabbatum are into retro sounds and even equipment but this collaboration might have never been done without matters of virtual communication as bassplayer Leigh Jones points out in our Interview. Furthermore they manage to transfer the spirit of the past into the present provide the sound from the 60s and 70s with a contemporary drive. Groan owe much of this modern feeling to the rather edgy voice of former vocalist Andreas Mazzereth and their hard-to-resist groove. This is the music you wanna dance to. Vinum Sabbatum also feed on a one of a kind singer and their ever present organ. The first three songs – Groan’s „Cosmic Boogie“ and „Throne Of Weed“, as well as – VS‘s „Sinister Sister“ – seem to utter a diverting mood. While the final track „Disillusioned Pilgrams“ with an epic lengths of 10:45 minutes has a certain melancholic touch to it.
Conclusion: The all together 21:52 minutes can hardly cover the whole range of these two awesome groups, resulting in a well deserved eight out of ten points and of course hoping for more to come!
Punkte: 8 / 10