Published Dec 10, 2013Remember Southern Lord's killer seven-inch subscription service from way back when? When they first opened their doors at the turn of the century, the Lord pushed full-on doom from the likes of Cathedral, the Obsessed, Internal Void, Josh Homme's Desert Sessions, et al. Now, Brutal Panda's doing the same thing with Helms Alee, Fight Amp, Black Tusk and friends.
Number three in the four-part series is the godly split between San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City and Brooklyn's Batillus, with a wicked twist: both bands cover classic tunes from industrial metal pioneers and both swap vocalists. KWC extols the iconic Godflesh's "Anthem" from their 2001 then-swansong Hymns with Batillus' dreaded Fade Kainer at the helm. The band uses a slightly lower tuning than on the original, but this direction allows Kainer's gurgling vocals to reach new lows with each drum beat and bass pluck.
Interestingly, Batillus choose "Lava" from Ministry's 'doom' record, 1996's Filth Pig. As the band successfully translates the song's hypnotic pulse with a heavier throb, KWC frontman Scott Evans nails the verses while Kainer growls the choruses, including those unsettling voice samples. The results are two of the best metal covers in the past few years, and another bloody feather in Brutal Panda's cap. (Brutal Panda)