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Mighty Nimbus, The: The Mighty Nimbus

In the mood for some Southern Doom? Look no further than this stoner supergroup The Mighty Nimbus, whose new album is chock full of enough meaty sludge and death drones to fill the hull of a large ship. Comprised of current and former members of Alabama Thunderpussy and Sixty Watt Shamen, The Mighty Nimbus offers up a lethal mix of Sabbath/Down styled stoner/doom with a dash of zombified death metal, for a real workhorse of an album.

Like Down, as well as labelmates Crowbar, these guys throw in a little Southern groove into their music to make things interesting, giving a slight blues kick to their heavy slabs of horror riffs. Tunes like "Everything I See" and "I'll Never Weep" feature the neat Southern-fried vocals of Dan Soren, backed up by the thunderous guitar dirges from Pete Campbell. What's not to like about the furious wah-wah drone of the dinosaur stomp of "Broken Hoof", or the two-mile an hour "Drinkin' On a Pile of Skulls", a doomy death metal march into oblivion that moves at a snails pace but is very effective. Fans of faster paced material, sort of like what Black Label Society or High On Fire are doing, will dig "Raising the Mammoth" and the pounding stomp of "Impose My Will", two thunderous pieces that rattle the speakers in a big way.

As good as the majority of this CD is, it's the last three tunes that bring it down a notch. "Sacrament of the Sick", "Eclipse", and the remake of the St. Vitus staple "Born Too Late" feature a little too much of the death metal vocals, which become almost torturous, especially when paired with the slowest and doomiest riffs on the album. Still,, seven out of ten is pretty good, which this CD is. A downtuned special, for all your stoner/doom fans out there-you know who you are.


Track Listing
1) Everything I See
2) I'll Never Weep
3) Broken Hoof
4) Drinkin' On a Pile of Skulls
5) Fenrir
6) Raising the Mammoth
7) Impose My Will
8) Sacrament of the Sick
9) Eclipse
10) Born Too Late (bonus St. Vitus cover song)

Added: August 7th 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: The Mighty Nimbus Online
Hits: 1930
Language: english

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Mighty Nimbus, The: The Mighty Nimbus
Posted by Yves Dubé, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-08-07 10:42:05
My Score:

70s styled Southern rock meets 21st century doom metal on this release. Whiskey soaked vocals and guitars tuned way low collide like 2 freighters in the night. Vocalist Dan Soren is at his most effective in the earlier tracks but tends to overreach and overdramatize in the latter numbers, making this affair a tad top heavy. Although this is an enjoyable disc, I can't help but to be left with a feeling of "been there, done that". All the riffs, hooks, and fills leave me with a feeling of "deja-vu all over again". This disc is decent but not one I find myself reaching for all that often, and rarely to spin it in it's entirety. It does have more highs than lows and even contains a few sludgy gems; but ultimately it comes up a bit short for my expectations in this subgenre. Your mileage will vary with this one for sure.



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