Church Of Misery, Sourvein - Beer, Weed, Stoner Doom
To finish of my weekend of metal, going from Slayer’s Unholy Alliance tour, to a day of grindcore, I was ready for some kick ass doom metal. I had only discovered days before this show that Sourvein and Church Of Misery would be playing, and I didn’t even know the latter. Still, I bought an album from COM which is a very nice addition to all stoner doom collections and went down to 013 to have a jolly heavy time.
Sourvein used to have Electric Wizard’s Liz on guitar, but she ain’t with them anymore. She certainly wasn’t sorely missed because the show was still awesome. Heavy stoner doom played by bearded men who all drank beer like their lives depended on it. Their bassplayer made a lasting impression on everyone this night, making a guy like Nick Oliveri look like an amateur. This guy freaks out on stoner riffs like you would not believe. He plays everything with ease and in a way you don’t see very often, smacking and whacking his strings from all sides. As they kept raising their beer to the crowd, we all were drinking like idiots with them. Insane how good they made the beer taste. Very cool show, that I doubt I’ll ever see again.
The beer was perfect to get in the right shape for Church Of Misery. These guys come from Japan, but they sound like they’re from the dirty south of America. They combine the sounds of Electric Wizard, Alabama Thunderpussy and let’s say Peter Pan Speedrock in a marvellous way. Stoner with a whole lot of variation. Mostly they played heavy arrogant brutal songs, but there was room for an up-tempo track that featured a rock ‘n roll guitar solo that would make Johnny be real bad. But the most impressing thing about the show was the vocalist. He packs vocal chords that are thicker than Ron Jeremy’s dick. The low farmer style grunt he throws out sounds like Beaten Back To Pure’s vocalist Ben. Very impressing how low this dude can go. The atmosphere the entire band packed was awesome to see, all very fanatic and convincing. These two bands surely were the icing on the cake for this weekend. Life can be so sweet.