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Rigor Sardonicous

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Long Island, New York, USA (1988 – present)

Rigor Sardonicous started their activity in 1988 and that fact probably make them the oldest continually active US doom metal band. This band is notable for combining with . They are arguably one of the first bands in metal to use extremely deep gurgling vocals that are now common in . In other words, the music is a combination of thick, super downtuned guitars, ultra deep vocals, crushing industrial cymbals and absolutely unique, bleak and hopeless atmosphere. According to the interviews they are mainly influenced by slow parts & low frequency sounds of death metal bands like Autopsy, Obituary and Winter as well as by artists like Kiss, Trouble,Confessor and Symphony of Grief .Currently the band is writing a new album which is going to push the boundaries of heaviness and darkness again. On the official myspace they give the following description to their sound:”A far departure from the typical of the anticipated Doom culture, Rigor Sardonicous draws from truly Apocalyptic sources for their inspiration and forward into this void a sonic atmosphere not of frightened and depressive apprehension but rather of frightening, horrific bleakness drawn from the perspective of the absence of hope for all life.”
Discography to date:

1994 Risus ex Mortuus (rerecoreded and rereleased several times)
1999 Apocalypsis Damnare (rerecored and rereleased several times)
2004 Principia Sardonica
2008 Vallis ex Umbra de Mortuus
2010 I / Neo-pessimism - split with Persistence in Mourning

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