Livid is a brand new band out of Minnesota that was only brought to my attention recently. They are a three piece that play some crushingly heavy doom. Crushing is a word that is and can be frequently used within the metal community and while I try my best not to use it, there is a time and a place for such a word and the time and place is here and now. Even though Livid has not been around for very long with this release only coming out in July they play as though they are seasoned veterans of the occult. Sint is a complete song split in two that amasses to an impressive run time of about twenty-four minutes. Within those minutes you get lost within their world, only to have your mind warped further by their looming doom darkness.
The song is split in two probably for easier listening. The experience you feel while listening to Sint is what you would want or what you would expect from a doom act. The performance is just about flawless and takes you on a brain bending trip. The way the songs are constructed is well thought out, from the way that the songs are split, to the way that the songs progress. A fourteen minute epic and a shorter eight minute epic is a lot of music to take on, but the way that Livid present these songs makes them easier to face so you don’t bite off more doom sandwich than you can chew.
From the two songs (one song split in two) you can take quite a lot from it. What you can’t pin point exactly is who or what the influences for such music to be played is. A lot of doom can sound the same, the doom waters are murky from all of the doom bands that take Sleep riffs and Sabbath melodies and warp them into a clone of sorts. While these bands may be influences for these doom merchants, Livid certainly take doom in a different interesting direction making a sound that is all their own.
All of the ingredients that are required to make such a strong and rich doom concoction are there and even more additives are thrown in to make something that much more fulfilling. There are the buzzing fuzz lined guitar riffs that make doom so recognizable, there are those obese bass lines that jar your skull straight out of your skin and the ever hypnotic vocals. Mix all of those together with great song writing ability and you get Livid. I mean you get Livid as in the band not livid as in pissed off. There isn’t a way you could be while listening to this.
Livid certainly plant their roots firmly in the doom world with this debut. From the opening of Sint (Part1) that hooks you with a deep thunderous bass to Sint (Part2) that pulls you in the boat with even more infectious riffs and flay you like the helpless fish that you are, Livid truly make a statement with this debut. That statement is that they are here and they are not leaving for some time to come. With only two tracks on this album it is almost mind boggling to think what a full length would sound like, and while your mind is being thoroughly boggled you can boggle it even further with Sint.