Beneath Broken Earth

March 19, 2017 9:41 PM

Cover of a massive doom death beast by Paradise Lost with a Boss HM-2 clone that I built.

About 8 years ago I played in a proggy death metal band with a couple really good friends. We played mostly for fun, and half our practices were spent cracking each other up and the other half watching campy 80s horror. I moved out of state for work, and recently had the opportunity to visit the dudes again. I decided to build each one of them a guitar pedal, something I'd recently picked up, so I built a Boss HM-2 clone (the canonical Swedish death metal sound) for one friend and a nice compressor for the other. Before I gave them the pedals, I decided to use the pedals to record this track, which has been one of my favorites for the last year or two.

posted by Existential Dread (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I like this.
posted by Sleeper at 11:18 AM on March 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by srednivashtar at 3:32 PM on March 22, 2017

Yessss! "My" Paradise Lost is a pseudorandom smattering of the early-ish stuff and so while I don't recognise this as them per se, except in that there's a particular tone in my left speaker a couple of minutes in which screams PL plus a definite slow outro from about 5m in which is pure PL. Also, they're totally not Swedish, btw?!

Really like this on its own merits regardless. Nice work, me jealous.
posted by comealongpole at 1:46 PM on March 25, 2017

Yeah, I included the swedishdeathmetal tag only because I used an HM-2 clone for the rhythm guitars (although the drummer on their latest record is Adrian Erlandsson from At The Gates). Thanks for the kind words!
posted by Existential Dread at 7:40 PM on March 25, 2017

posted by dagosto at 3:35 PM on April 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yeah, this reminds me of Melvins and Boris, only with less of the fungus and more of the thickness. Kinda like if Tortoise did doom metal. Long slow melodic riffs that take a while to unfold. And you don't go over-the-top. You just hit the top at times and stay there for a while. That first solo is killer.

Sometimes I like to take slow tracks, by bands like Codeine, and play them twice as fast on Audacity, so I can understand them more as repeating riffs, as I would hear something by like, Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. But, at the proper speed, doom metal does sound more symphonic, and the two latter examples sound more poppy. (Scream for me, Long Beach!)

Anyway, good job, very solid and listenable example of that general slow metal area of the Venn diagram.
posted by not_on_display at 12:08 AM on April 19, 2017

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