Dead 

Thundaaaaah!

It might seem strange to call a sludgy doom album delightful, but I'm gonna go ahead and say this one is. Melbourne, Australia's Dead has created an edgy recording that could easily be a score for Coen Brothers or Quentin Tarantino films. Thundaaaaah! was released by Missoula label Wäntage USA just in time for Total Fest. (It's a long story, but the Down Under duo has ties to label owner Josh Vanek). The titles are fantastic. Who wouldn't love songs called "The Cat Who Breathed Colours" and "You Just Lost My Appetite"? Other titles just get to the point: "Of All the People I Hate I Hate You More" showcases dark vocals that evoke, not surprisingly, a little hate. "Prick Rodeo" is nine minutes of galloping around, kind of like a rodeo, but maybe one located in Dante's inferno. It'd be great for scoring a wild chase through the desert. When the last half of the song slows down it's heavy as heat stroke, with the slo-mo grogginess you get waking from a deep sleep. Finally, "Wherever You Go We Will Catch You" feels like a mutated waltz, and when the creepy whistling starts it really does seem like you're being chased down by psychopaths screaming at you. Or is that you screaming?

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