Words: Craig Hartranft
No, it's not the legendary Marvel Comics villian, nemesis of the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom is a French heavy, psych, and stoner rock band perpetually taking a time tunnel back to the late 1960's and early 1970's. Actually they have a song called, Stuck In The Past. Yet all this makes wonder how a French band taps into what was basically an American phenomena from nearly 50 years ago.
With This Seed We Have Sown, the band introduces us to their first full-length album. To be fair, four of the nine songs are from a previous EP and 7" vinyl, including The Sun, Stuck In The Past, So Jinxed, and Relaxed Your Dead. Also, don't let their name fool you. Doctor Doom is not a doom rock or metal band. They may be heavy at times, but there's none of that plodding, stuck in the mud, pacing of that genre. Possibly, the closest to this vibe is the slower At War With Myself which, for my money, is least interesting song here. Yet, the pace picks up at the very end. Conversely, most of the songs are rather lively, developed by the rhythm and groove of classic rock. Doctor Doom merely twists in some pyschedelic and blues sounds, mostly through the guitar lines, mixed with polyrhythms and shifting tempos. For the blues line, The Sun or Stuck In The Past are representative. Better, however, are the songs that offer more groove and playfulness in the arrangement like Relax You're Dead and Truth In The Dark, which is quite funky and groovy in it's overall character. While not my go to genre, yet having grown up in that significant period, Doctor Doom's reinvention of early and classic heavy pyschedelic, rock for the 21st century is on target.
While not my go to genre, yet having grown up in that significant period, Doctor Doom's reinvention of early and classic heavy pyschedelic, rock for the 21st century is on target.
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