I am reviewing this record as I listen to it, which is probably poor form, but hell, I haven’t even reviewed a record in months (being a one man show, moving 2000 miles and bouncing between jobs 3 times in as many months will do that). Enough with my bullshit, on to DKH’s (Doe Kill Hooves) self titled offering.
A little preface, DKH is from Brighton, UK and cite Mastodon, Converge, Black Flag, Sleep, Glassjaw or Cave-In as influences. Alright, digging in…
My first impressions here are that these dudes get it. It’s heavy as hell, the guitar tone has teeth and there is no shortage nasty d-beats. The first track Crows, reminds me of On the Lam era Cavity, starting off as a slow paced crusher and morphing into a crust-influence ripper. The second track, Sea of Trees follows suit, reminiscent of mid-2000’s Converge and a bridge that reminds me of Cable. As I get further in, the layers of this band start to get more apparent; doom grooves and effect laden guitar leads make their way into the mix on Flight into the Sun, which takes a psychedelic turn reminiscent of Rwake and early era Mastodon.
There is no lack of feedback and fuzzed out bass guitar, which is sure to please most sludge fans. The riffs are nasty and the vocals have a tortured, bordering-on-uncontrolled timbre that reminds me of Eye Hate God.
At this point in the review I am on the 6th track of 7, Congregation of Cunts, another of the records rippers. To continue in the list of bands this band reminds me of, this one reminds me os In the Eyes of God-era Today is the Day noise metal, starting off a jagged, thrashy assault and progressing into a sludgy mess. Which makes sense thematically given that it leads into a song called Sludgehammer that finishes out the record. Sludgehammer lives up to the name, this is another one that reminds me a lot of Cavity (which is a very good thing as far as I am concerned). It’s slow, heavy and the feedback.. and vocals are barely under control. The last of the fuzz and feed back are fading out now, I can honestly say that I’m into it. This is definitely one I’m going to listen to again, and if they were to offer it on LP when the physical copy is released in 2013, I would buy it up.
But don’t take my word for it, get to the DKH bandcamp page and check it out.