Doomsday in the MP3 Wars

Excavating Stoned Metal From the Internet

The highlights of the TOMB anthology included: (1) "Power Time" by Scott Weinrich's Spirit Caravan. If there was a Heisman Trophy in doom metal, Weinrich would be the first winner, hands down. Weinrich's the only true triple threat in the genre: He writes, he plays, he sings. Had Tony Iommi recruited him after Ronnie Dio left BS, the world'd be a different place. (2) "Homophobic/Alcoholic" by Mustasch: Every home-rolled anthology needs a redneck/hardcore polka/doom hybrid. (3) Puny Human had the best name. On "Jimbo the Hut," you can shake your hips to the beat as someone gets tossed in a pit. Danceable doom! (4) Doom is a dish best served cold. Thorr's Hammer, from Norway, furnished the epic, eight-minute-long "Norge," which sounds like Joan Jett doing a slick dirge-and-duet combination with the troll under the bridge. After which, he eats her.

Subsequent picks included Orange Goblin, Goatsnake, and Molehill. Near the end of the process, the shroud of woe in the room had become so thick, TOMB thought it best to dispel excess anxiety with something slightly more upbeat: namely, Half Man's sludge-blues instrumental, "Two Perverted Men in the Swamp," which had a kind of jaunty quality. Insofar as doom can be jaunty.

Unfortunately, generating the cover art for EPD on the TOMB supercomputer looked like another exercise in chickenshit, so the task was bypassed in favor of a trip to the refrigerator. Then, after a few more listens to E Pluribus Doomen, those involved in the experiment got up from the couch, went to the record store, and paid cash money for CDs by Spirit Caravan and Orange Goblin. Thus fulfilling some of the needs of the fascist insect recording industry.

illustration by Limbert Fabian


George Smith edits The Crypt Newsletter ( crypt@sun.soci.niu.edu). E Pluribus Doomen is not sold anywhere. To duplicate: stonerrock.com, mansruin.com, punyhuman.com, one CD-R, one average TOMB-style PC, some tolerance for chickenshit.


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