Written by: The Administrator
In the vested interest of promoting Cool Shit that Fucks™, it is high time, methinks, to bring back a Sleeping Village feature that has been unfairly relegated to the ash heap of history. That's right, dear reader. It's time to reignite On The Horizon. Not a review per se, and not an album announcement, but a third secret thing that lurks awkwardly betwixt the two.
The forthcoming project in question? Earthbong's third album, the appropriately entitled Church of Bong, which drops August 25th on some fun formats via Black Farm Records and Evil Noise Recordings--see below for release details. If the name sounds familiar, you may this trio's 2020 album Bong Rites, which we reviewed within these humble halls.
Our former doom correspondent Volt Thrower was certainly a fan of the harsher direction of said album in comparison to many other stoner acts--to quote: "This definitely isn't your father's stoner doom. Whilst definitely a slow burn, these three mammoth tracks, spanning a full hour, are akin to if Sleep smoked some ketamine contaminated kush with Canadian crusters Dopethrone."
Earthbong plays self-reported bong metal, and we all know what inevitable homage that entails. Indeed, this crew concocts a fitting soundtrack for their own voyage toward the riff-filled land. Church of Bong represents smoked-out long-form doom of the intensely low 'n slow variety--not funereal per se, but certainly left to meld in the crock pot for far longer than your standard issue doom. Church of Bong is the culmination of the weed-centric Earthbong mythology, which is centered around the religious self-realization of the so-called weedcult. At a mere two tracks, it's also their shortest yet, although "short" does not necessarily pertain, particularly given the the massive droning feedback that largely informs side B "Dies Bongrea." It is a satisfyingly immersive and meditative experience, and fans of the more overtly stoner end of the stoner doom arena will inevitably enjoy the results. Keep an eye out!
Anyways. As you await the arrival of Church of Bong on August 25th, I recommend checking out Earthbong's prior two albums! Find 'em here.
Earthbong - Church of Bong will be released August 25th via Black Farm Records (Vinyl) and Evil Noise Recordings (Cassette).
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