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Bludgeon (2004), 6.5/10
Planet AIDS: Apokalyptik AIDS (2005), 6.5/10 (EP)
Nullify (2009), 6.5/10

Dutch combo Bunkur concocted the lugubrious 65-minute piece of Bludgeon (Deserted Factory, 2004) in the vein of ultra-slow monotonous doom-metal drenched in guitar feedback and agonizing groans, and deprived of rhythm by sparse narcotic drumming; the soundtrack of utter damnation. About half way into the calvary, the music cannot decide whether it wants to pick up pace or slow down and die. The vocals become even more quivering and coarse.

Planet AIDS, a side-project of Bunkur, debuted with the 30-minute jam of Apokalyptik AIDS (2005) in the same vein.

Bunkur's second album Nullify (Displeased, 2009) contains just the 77-minute title-track, a very dense slowly-revolving nebula that begins and ends with the pulsation of a steam locomotive. In fact, this is doom-metal that follows the improvisational free-form nature of musique concrete. A primal shriek floats over a shapeless rumble. The piece is more subdued than Bludgeon, and the vocals seem to articulate something. The interplay between rumble, excoriating guitar, ossified drums and prenatal vocals becomes an elaborate drama. The pace continues to slow down so much that at times it feels like the "music" is about to die out. Eternities elapse between one drum beat and the next one. The vocals continue to ramble in an unknown language. When the drums return at an increasingly faster pace, it's the guitar that goes undercover. By the time the piece approaches its unnatural conclusion, it has actually changed in nature, its original stately immobility attacked by crumbling guitar tones and howling backing vocals.

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