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Map Of Hell were a Southampton-based extreme doom trio who rose from the ashes of Green Hearse and recorded two rehearsal tracks in 2002.

Clive Henry: bass/vocals
Mat Sweet: guitar
Chris Chantler: drums

“Map of Hell makes slow-motion doom metal that should please the newfound legions of post-Nordic sludge enthusiasts currently clamoring over records by Earth, Sunn O))), Khanate and Black Boned Angel. Unlike Randolph Carter, Map of Hell is a full group: M. Sweet on guitar, Clive Henry on “deathgrunt” and unknown quantities bass and drums. MOH’s particular brand of crushing death rock is a bit more tuneful and less abstract than the aforementioned acts, and their lengthy excursions tend to stay grounded in something approaching melody and forward momentum, but the low-fidelity recording style constantly pushes the band’s considerable bottom-end into the red zone of distortion. This creates ugly squalls of noise that obscure the group’s dynamics, forcing attention onto the compounding sediment that clings to every downcast riff, accompanied by what vocals that sound like the disembodied roars of a giant robotic lion with its tail being held to a flame. The drumming is the most impressive element, reigning in the chaotic spray of muddy guitar noise, creating an insulating architecture amidst the poisonous, choking smoke filling the air. It’s an undeniably hellish concoction that thankfully does not wear out its welcome by the 32-minute mark, though I must admit that I might already be tired of the whole “subterranean metal” subgenre at this point.

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  • doomwaves

    This is some real fuckin doomm right here.. BAD ASS...

    6 Jan 2008 Reply
  • umuo

    this is fucking my head by real doom drone :D

    6 Jan 2008 Reply