Here's a pretty interesting release from the always dependable melting pot of sounds known as Svart Records. Bog Oak are a blackened doom act that hail from California, fronted by the multi-faceted vocal attack of Julie, who spews out evil shards of black metal shrieks as well as ethereal clean vocals for a nice variety of styles. The music of the band fluctuates from bone crunching doom to a more manic black metal fury, sometimes mixing these elements together within the same song. "The Science of the Afterlife" is a good example of this, as fast tempos with demonic wailing give way to more tender vocals and eventual clubbing doom riffs, while "The Resurrection of Animals" takes a more 'black 'n' roll' stance, like a midnight jam between 1349 & Motorhead. "A Sea Without Shore" really goes down the doom/sludge avenue, with massive, distortion laced riffing pounding the mix as Julie's melodic vocals yearn in the distance. A Treatise on Resurrection and The Afterlife is a fairly solid release, though perhaps not overly memorable, but Bog Oak have to be given credit for coming up with some varied sounds here that push the 'heavy' factor well into the red zone.
1) The Science of the Afterlife
2) The Resurrection of Animals
3) Time Drift of Seasons
4) A Sea Without Shore