Doom metal, and more doom. Doom squared. Doom metal to infinity and beyond. Pilgrim is the 'real' doom deal, like Electric Wizard and Pentagram. Slow and plodding, grim and gloomy, it's despair and defeat served on a rusted platter. They get it.
If you get it, I hope that you are not depressed, suicidal, or have a penchant for depressants or reefer, as Misery Wizard could be your death. Misery Wizard is long on foreboding and deep groove, thanks to the impressive bass line and work. Though not always typical of doom metal, the vocals are nearly dismissive and inconsequential, being smothered by the etheral and nasty gloom of the doom. Yet, as I said, this album is a doom metaller's birthday cake, a wet dream in a stifling fog.
Perhaps the best adjective to describe Pilgrim's Misery Wizard is epic doom metal. Misery Wizard, Forsaken Man, and Quest are monolithic slabs of sludge-worthy doom to satisfy the most stalwart fan. The latter song has a brief moment of speed, if that's possible here.
As much as I 'get' doom metal, and Pilgrim is some of the very best, I still wonder why anyone would want to be this withdrawn, melancholy, or depressed. Nevertheless, Pilgrim's Misery Wizard is classic and original doom metal in its finest form. Recommended to doomsters everywhere.
Pilgrim's Misery Wizard is classic and original doom metal in its finest form. Recommended to doomsters everywhere.
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