Genre: Sludge Doom Metal
Country: Ireland
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015

War Iron’s album “Precession of the Equinoxes” is an exercise in extremity in the sludge/doom field. Everything in this record is crafted according to this desire – to attempt surpassing every limit of decay. The vocals are disgorging sickening screams, the twin bass guitars (there are no other guitars here) have maxed out the distortion and the drums, by necessity, in order to survive in this tornado of sound, have bloated their sound (especially the bass drum), giving the final touch in the construction of this absolute musical megalith. What we’re dealing here is a pain-inflicting, individualistic work. The pace is utterly slow, the songs around ten minutes or so, I think you get the point. If there weren’t for some parts with excruciating repetition of rhythms that sounded plain and dull in my ears and which surpassed the limits of my patience and left me under the impression that the band was deliberately provoking the listeners, then the score should’ve been higher. And if the band produced more of these Bolt Throwerish riffs, like the ones in the ending of “Bludgeon Lord” and “Precession of the Equinoxes”, that would really skyrocket my feeling towards this record. Those of you, who feel intrigued by the words written above, you best lend an ear to this album, drawing your own conclusions.

4/6