Album: Here They Come
Utah are an Athens two-piece drums and guitar band formed in 2009. Their first release, Here They Come, is a highly proficient husk of Doom ala EyeHateGod, Bongzilla, or Electric Wizard. However, their sound is not always slow and plodding. On the contrary, many of the songs on their first EP are mid tempo and have an occasional punk feel. Their sound is primarily characterized by a wall of fuzzy guitar-distortion. Larry C.’s ride cymbal sets the tempo as he plays fast drum fills and pounds heavy beats on the kick. Will and Larry share vocal duties. Many of the lyrics are sung in a yelled, or chanted fashion which creates a powerful sound and compliments well their primal sounding instruments. The riffs are ever-basked in chewy fuzz and seem as if they were written specifically to compliment the husky sound of the amplifiers. Here They Come is a great demonstration of up-tempo Doom Metal, but none of the songs really feel like completed pieces. The longest song is 2:55 and the whole EP only clocks in at 12:13. Additionally, the EP’s grungey mixing doesn’t truly do justice to the power of Larry’s kick drum which is somewhat lost in the muddy bottom end. However, the exceptionally throaty guitar tone should be a nirvana for hardcore Doom enthusiasts looking for a fuzzy fix.