Where Indica Blues previous outings traded heavily in doom "We Are Doomed" tends to lean towards a more trippy desert dynamic, still heavy, still doomic but just a little more sandblasted and lysergic. Opening track "Inhale" perfectly exemplifies this more desert based approach its a song that is big bold and riff based but there is a lot more going on here than just heavy refrains and pounding rhythms. Pilsworth's voice strong, clean clear and melodic roars above the musical maelstrom beneath him, a maelstrom that includes screaming guitar solos soaring over a groove that owes more to Kyuss than it does to any of doom's usual big hitters. Title track "We Are Doomed" opens its account with sampled narrative in the shape of a news bulletin, reporting on nuclear explosions in the Middle East , and a government warning to the populace of the possibility of impending Armageddon followed by an ominous siren effect. When the band finally make their entrance it is on a groove driven by thunderous drumming and growling bass over which a crunching low slung guitar refrain holds sway and around which a strangely synthetic, but extremely effective, sounding guitar solo screams and wails, the songs lyrics meanwhile telling of a world in turmoil. "Demagogue" finds the band jamming a mid-tempo stoner doomic groove, interspersed with ear grabbing hooks and motifs, the songs lyrics telling us we are living in a "kingdom of liars", the songs subtle underlying eastern theme adding atmosphere and gravitas to the proceedings. "Soul Embers" follows and here the band throw everything into the cauldron, low slow doomic refrains, blues drenched guitar solos, tribalistic drumming and grunge-like quiet/loud/quiet dynamics, it is quite a departure from the bands usual more straightforward doomic blues but one that they manage to pull off successfully. "The End Is Calling" is next, a song built around a recurring circular riff and decorated in blues drenched lead guitar which is then followed by "Cosmic Nihilism" a dreamy lysergic laced instrumental opus with "Planet Caravan " ambitions that gradually morphs into a lumbering stoner doom behemoth. "Scarred For Life" brings proceedings to a close with a song that mixes its genres two parts doom and one part desert rock and creates a groove that is all parts mind blowing.
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