Killer stoner-sludge-doom-metal hybrid with some heady atmospherics and plenty of repeat value

Date: 9 Dec 2007
Publisher: StonerRock.com
Written by: John Pegoraro (Arzgarth)

Zonderhoof EPUK instrumentalists Zonderhoof turned more than a few heads with its 2006 demo (we noted the feeling of uneasiness it left in its wake); here's hoping the rest of you will get the same sense of emotional whiplash with this four song EP. The beauty of this release is that the band knows that all the fancy guitar parts in the world don't matter for shit if you don't have some good riffs keeping it all together. 'Bilge Rat', 'Varkens', 'All Your Witches and Bitches', and 'Zub' have plenty of the latter, which gives them the luxury of piling on the former. The best moments bring to mind Keelhaul slowed down to a mean crawl. Overall, this is a killer stoner-sludge-doom-metal hybrid with some heady atmospherics and plenty of repeat value.