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VOODOO SHOCK
VOODOO SHOCK
Voodoo Shock
(PsycheDOOMelic Records)
61:26min

This is the first release on a new label created by Mark Hegedus, editor of the famous Psychedelic Fanzine. For those who don't know, Psychedelic Zine is the Bible when it comes to 70s Heavy Rock, Doom Metal and Psychedelia. Alongside with Slayer and Snakepit, Mark's zine is the only printed magazine worth to read these days, due to the dedication, integrity and knowledge of its writers. Needless to say, I waited for something very special from Mark for his first signing, but I was far to imagine getting an album of such a magnitude! VOODOO SHOCK was recently founded by guitarist / vocalist Uwe Groebel (of NAEVUS fame), with the help of two Swiss musicians, Christian Specker on drums and Michael Greiliger on bass. Together they form a tight musical entity, and this debut is the shining proof of that. VOODOO SHOCK play Doom Metal by the book, and the shadow of the men in black from Birmingham glides over the entire records, even if VOODOO SHOCK musically cite other influences as WITCHFINDER GENERAL (perceptible on the chorus of 'Tomorrow's Bloom') or early-era CATHEDRAL. The first track of the album ('Fountain Of Freedom') I call an instant classic, it is impossible to resist to the groove leveled here, this is the type of song you could listen to thirty times in a row without becoming tired of it! The rest of the tracks are of the same quality, nothing to reject! Sometimes the band take their inspiration from deep melancholia, like in 'Rainbow Sky', a song based almost on a single riff, or involve themselves in slow motion extravaganza, like in 'We Cry', a song very reminiscent of what you can find on "Forest Of Equilibrium" from you know who (and if you don't, stop reading this at once!). Thanks to a warm and fleshy sound, VOODOO SHOCK present us a very humane and dare I say generous music that fills the heart with joy and contentment, even if it sometimes express sadness. This release I can rank among masterpieces as the last PLACE OF SKULLS, PENTAGRAM and PALE DIVINE releases. Here is an album I am glad to say about it is absolutely essential, without a single afterthought. I only hope you will take the chance to get a release that will surely become a gem in your records collection. Breathtaking, awesome, brilliant. BUY, HEAR, BELIEVE! Visit VOODOOSHOCK at www.voodooshock.de and their label at www.psycheDOOMelic.com.

Edouard Vergriete

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