Do you like things that make you entirely uncomfortable? If your answer just so happened to be yes, then boy do I have a treat for you. Open Tomb hails from New Zealand and plays an excruciatingly slow style of doom. Doom generally is slow, but this a special type of fuzzed out glacier slowness. The music is so slow in fact you end up feeling like you move back in time instead of forward. On Dead Weight you get three tracks, but over the three tracks you end up sitting in a mind numbing stasis for a good thirty-eight minutes.
You heard me right, thirty-eight pain staking minutes. Over those minutes you get subjected to incredibly suffocating music, and if there was any other way to put it I would but there isn’t. The music that Open Tomb makes is meant to drive you to the brink of insanity and even give you a little nudge off the edge of the cliff just so you dive face first experiencing first hand what it is like to be driven to madness.
Even as slow as they are, Open tomb is bone crushingly heavy. The overwhelming slow style of play mixed with overly fuzzed out guitars is what makes this release as heavy as it is. Dead Weight is the equivalent of having an anvil placed on your chest and that anvil is slowly sinking little by little into your chest cracking your sternum. Sounds pleasant right? Well it shouldn’t, because the amount of pain that you experience through these three tracks is tremendous.
Thirty-eight minutes over three songs sounds like a lot, and it truly is, but with the terribly slow speed at which each song is played at feels like Dead Weight lasts a life time. Open Tomb is frightening for other reasons as well. The content of this release is sickening to the core as it oozes black blood and chunks of flesh and excrement.
The overall sound through and through is dirty as each riff is filled with an incredible amount of fuzz, the drums pound away at your sanity and the bass provides a thick and sturdy back bone. On top of the noisy filth, the lead singer screams his way through each song sounding as demonic and possessed as humanly (or demonly?) possible.
The sound of Open Tomb is that of death itself. The music consumes you, bringing you into its dark lair just to strip the flesh off of your bone. If organ stopping, glacier slowness is what gets you riled up, then Open Tomb and their new release Dead Weight should be right up your alley. Listen at your discretion, but just be ware that the sanity you came in with, will not leave with you.