Desert Psychlist has reviewed many albums/EP's originating from Sweden over the years and given the country's penchant for turning out quality music we will probably reviewing many more in the future. Most of those album/EP's have come from the bluesier end of the Doom, Stoner and Psych spectrum but not too many have come from the harsher world of sludge and stoner metal
Vasteras trio, Erik Palm (guitars), Alex Risberg (bass/vocals) and Espen Karlsen (drums) are known collectively as 10,000 Years and unashamedly describe their sound as "crushing stoner metal" a description you will find very hard to disagree with after hearing their self titled debut "10,000 Years"
""Albatross" Landing" kicks off 10,000 Years account and begins life with all the requisite spacey sounds before taking off on a wave of thick downturned riffage and thundering percussion, Palm's fuzzed to the max guitar and Risberg's deliciously distorted bass competing for dominance over Karlsen's insistent rhythms with Risberg's throaty, powerful vocal tones roaring over the top giving everything an added level of gritiness. 10,000 Years are not a band who believe in letting the momentum drop and as the last track ends so the next track, "Master of Oblivion", begins and finds the band exploding into a heavy circular Sabbath-ian groove over which Risberg roars of "prophecy foretold" in tones raw and feral. Tempo's get raised for next outing "Lee Van Cleef", once again the groove has a Sabbath-ian vibe but Black Sabbath, even at their most heaviest, never sounded this raw, this intense and this angry! 10,000 Years shift things around a little for "Into The Jaws Of The Green King", the song starts life with Risberg's bass and Palm's guitar combining together on a juddering, juggernaut paced refrain, pushed hard by Karlsen's industrious drumming, but then Palm suddenly throws an unexpected bluesy lick into the fray and the band shift into stoner doom mode to take things to the close. Hardly a nano-second passes before final song "From Suns Beyond" enters, a lysergic laced instrumental that slowly ascends from plodding and doomic to trash-like and maniacal before reaching a peak and reversing the process until finally fading into silence.
Space seems to be the recurring theme throughout "10,000 Years" but space has never sounded so dense, so menacing or so intense and heavy as it does here. The space 10,000 Years explore on the five songs of their debut is light years away from the space Hawkwind explored back in their seventies heyday, Hawkwind described their space as "deep", in comparison 10,000 Years space is a bottomless black pit!
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