RIGOR SARDONICOUS - APOCALYPSIS DAMNARE - PARAGON
Talk about an underground release; this is not Rigor Sardonicous' debut album, but it might as well be. The band with next to no profile has apparently modified its speedier and deathlier previous style in favour of a slower and doomy direction and signed on to Paragon Records for Apocalypsis Damnare. The band is clearly aiming for the Disembowelment and Winter segment of the doom corner, but are the Americans that good? Well, not really. The band's music is simple and slow and past a useless organ intro completely free of frills. Judging by an old video also on the disc the group is a former deathly brutal band (my only evidence is a cheesy video worthy of a Necrophagia DVD), although, and as mentioned, this is a slow moving grunt fest worthy of a hog farm of massive proportions. The drummer's name is not identified and one can understand why. The drumming is actually quite off beat with cymbals crashing the march of the pigs at indeterminate intervals. A slight deviation is provided by the song Misery with its harder double bass start and the sharper snare sound. This is one case where the band needs more twists and intricacy to its music. - Ali "The Metallian"