British band Bong dabbled in
slow-motion, lumbering and droning doom-metal on
Bong (Heidenwut Productions, 2009), containing
Wizards Of Krull and The Starlit Grotto,
both around 16-minute long.
Wizards Of Krull begins with a solo of subdued percussion
before unleashing the droning
guitar distortion and a monk-like invocation
over a steady drumbeat. In the middle the drumming becomes more
convoluted and the guitar delves into a verbose glissando solo.
A booming rumble opens The Starlit Grotto. The rumble keeps mutating
slowly and slowly do the drums enter the picture. Finally the monk-like
vocals intone their invocation over a solemn rhythm.
The double-disc Bethmoora (Infinite Exchange, 2009) contains
a 27-minute cover of Pink Floyd's
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and two lengthy jams,
again inspired by
Black Sabbath and Gregorian liturgy,
plus two lengthy pieces.
The 23-minute Stone Mountain augments the usual rumble with a
haunting guitar melody. After 12 minutes a guitar takes off in a sideral
orbit of glissandos, thus replicating the structure of
Wizards Of Krull on a larger scale.
The beginning of Bethmoora sounds like funeral music because of the
way it is paced and the way the melody is replaced by bell-like tones.
For 21 minutes one expects something to emerge out of this pattern but instead
the piece continues unabated and shameless until it fades away.
Gilgamesh Lives (Blackest Rainbow, 2009) and
the triple-disc Novum Castellum (Turgid Animal, 2009)
are live albums.
Mike Vest of Bong also launched Basillica, that released
Kingdom Of Status (Blackest Rainbow, 2009) and
Rotting Desert Queen and the Black Isolator Radar Strip (2010).
Live At Roadburn 2010 (Burning World, 2011) contains extended versions
of Onwards To Perdonaris (33:24) and
Wizards Of Krull.
Beyond Ancient Space (Ritual Productions, 2011) deliverd three more
the 25-minute Onward To Perdondaris,
the 25-minute crescendo of Across The Timestream and
the 30-minute dirge In The Shadow Of The Tower.
Bong's Mike Vest was also active as Basillica:
The Correct Ritual (2009),
Rotting Desert Queen And The Black Isolator Radar Strip (Blackest Rainbow, 2009)
To Suffer The Sun (2010), etc.
Bong returned with
Mana-Yood-Sushai (Ritual Productions, 2012), that contains the
27-minute Dreams Of Mana-Yood-Shushai and the
19-minute Trees Grass And Stones that rank among their best
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