Beaten Back To Pure
The Burning South
10/8/2004 - Review by: Eric Compton
Beaten Back To Pure - The Burning South 2004 Devil Doll Records reviewed by: EC
So, what is Beaten Back To Pure? Your guess is as good as mine. "The Burning South" is my first spin of the group's material, and I am baffled and even a bit confused after playing this several times. I can't really describe what I am hearing. I honestly enjoy it, but really have no idea what I'm listening too. The vocals of frontman Boss Hogg remind me of bands like EyeHateGod, with constant deep, guttural howls and lyrics that are hard to understand even with the printed words in front of me. This is very raw, doomy stuff with a touch of southern rock thrown in that should appeal to fans of bands like Cathedral, The Obsessed, Clutch, and even deathy groups like Gorefest, Terra Firma, and Crack Up.
Tracks like "American Vermin" and "Running Out Of Neck" are good foot stompers, raging with a primal need to indulge in Sabbath grind, almost sounding like greaser rock at times. The band hail from Virginia, so they have a deep southern vibe running rampant through their songs. "Smothered In Sundress" comes at you with some twin guitar, and a bottom heavy, electric basement riff that reminds me of Down a bit. "Hell Goes Thru Hanging Dog" is probably my favorite track of the record, with huge leads throughout and chunky guitar that goes beyond the normal heavy downtuning. Other cuts like "Where The Sewer Meets The Sea" are very confusing to me, not really catching me with anything remotely interesting. For instance "Pillars Of Tomorrow, Piles Of Yesterday" goes absolutely nowhere, seeming like filler material on an already shortened album of eight songs. "Vertigo" is an instrumental, which I have no problem with, but again seems to be a slow spot on the disc.
This certainly isn't as processed as a band like Fireball Ministry, so it will catch you off balance at times with it's raw delivery. Nevertheless this is a good piece of sludge, with plenty of good, traditional doom that dates back to basic Sabbath. A great introduction for new fans such as myself, who really aren't familiar with these types of bands. I look for bigger and better things from Beaten Back To Pure in the future.
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