When the Deadbolt Breaks

Album Title: 
Drifting Towards the Edge of the Earth
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Review Type: 

Double albums are always quite bold steps to take. Automatically it is a long time to hold your audience's imagination for, something that is difficult enough at the best of times. Connectinut long running doom/post rock outfit When the Deadbolt Breaks have worked hard over the years to dish out some of the most bastard massive distortion, glacially paced downtuned sludge concoctions that has surfaced this doomed planet. It is dirty, ruthless and sometimes unbearable to listen to. Tempos are slowed down the point of excruciating heaviness; every note hanging for what seems like an eternity. The sound is similar to that of Yob with a bit of Neurosis, Amen Ra, Sleep, My Dying Bride, Anathema and The Cure added to keep it focused, very untypical of that found on the Ear One label This disc offers them up with 13 of the songs being over seven minutes long. The length of the songs allow the band to really pull out the stops and go for variation in their composition. The changes in direction and mood are really great and not overused or forced. Drifting is a record of monstrous weight and considerable musical content that is very likely to be worth your time, though is a lot to take in, especially in one sitting, and I find it a little bit of a struggle as an album, but it does have some great tracks and this double cd is perhaps the most bludgeoningly heavy varied release I will hear this year.