Uncle Woe – Phantomescence
For those not used to stoner doom, the music can get a bit repetitive. It is pretty much slow riff after slow riff with funeral doom style drums performed by Nicholas Wowk, with little in between. No keyboards, no samples, no lush atmosphere. Just doom. On some of the longer tracks this can tend to get boring, but Uncle Woe do a great job of making a hypnotic tone with the distortion which enhances the ‘stoner’ part of the genre and throw in some rather jazzy moments, especially on the closing track ‘A Map Of Dead Stars,’ but one has to really let the music sink in. Those who enjoy faster, in your face pace music will probably not like this, but anyone who likes weighty doom that isn’t too distorted or crushing will definitely enjoy this. Sadly, the group don’t employ too many tracks here making it feel like a long EP vs a full length, but at least two of the tracks hit well past the 11 minute mark, so the epic doom feel is right there. Stripped down, raw, and soul bearing would be the best way to describe “Phantomescence,” taking the right elements of raw doom mixed with stoner elements akin to the likes of post metal groups like Grown Below or stoner doom compatriots like Gloomy Sunday and showcasing how simple riffs, drums, and vocals can present a thoughtful, yet bare album.
2.5 / 5 STARS