Review: Apothecary – Drifting Towards the Ancients

Posted: June 6, 2015 in Reviews
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‘Drifting Towards the Ancients’ is five tracks and forty five minutes of brain wrenchingly heavy death/doom, from Arkansas, USA’s Apothecary. This is their debut full length release, and by the sounds of it, their particular dispensary of herbs has got something fucked up in it…

Opener ‘Fortune Doesn’t Smile on the Damned’ is a brutal, groaning, lurching beast of a track, with massive dirging riffs and a brutal vocal delivery. As the riffs threaten to drown us all in murky sludge, a classic doom wail echoes from the darkness, before an eerie, feedback laden drone takes us out. A potent start for what is yet to come.

The churning ‘Dawn on Me’ is next, and with it comes more of the same, malevolent riffing accompanying an equally dark sermon. There is a bleakness to the atmosphere here, with a moody mid-section that bleeds back into the heavy stuff. Another slow burn outro for this track lets creeping melody and clean vocals into the darkness. The fuzzy riffing in ‘No Void to Feed on’ is a classic doom riff sound, but rarely does it come with such hopelessness. A lonely howl accompanies a hefty groove, that gets slower and heavier with each passing minute. This is a trawl down into the depths of the void, with only a hellish end to look forward to.

‘Drifting Towards the Ancients’ is an impressive debut for Apothecary. They are a band who could definitely be something special in the future, if they maintain or improve on this level of musicianship. This is bleak, crushing stuff, not for the faint hearted. There’s something so menacing about the meandering psychedelic death journey of ‘Gamma Soul’. Apothecary could teach bigger and better bands about incorporating proper misery into their music.


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