Wicked Covenant: Finding Light in Humanity’s Darkest Depths

Los Angeles-based stoner duo Bury the Machines seek catharsis through calamity on their upcoming EP, ‘Wicked Covenant’.

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Bury the Machines, an LA-based stoner doom group comprised of multi-instrumentalist John E Bomher and drummer Mark Serpico, are clearly not afraid to get up-close and personal on their upcoming EP: Wicked Covenant, releasing June 9th, 2017 via Midnite Collective. A pilgrimage through all manner of turmoil and disparity, the EP comes across as a bastion of solidity in the throes of a catastrophic storm, despite simply being a three-track demonstration of the band’s prowess.

The EP itself is an ethereal meander through influences the likes of Godflesh, Neurosis and High On Fire, as well as the more introspective realms inhabited by entities such as Pink Floyd, Syd Barret, or–heartbreakingly, given recent events–Soundgarden. Given the circumstance of Chris Cornell’s tragic passing, fans of his music may no doubt find that the themes of this EP have an added sting.

 

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Bury the Machines mastermind John  Bomher

 

The EP’s three tracks may clock in at a shade below the half-hour mark, but that does not stop Wicked Covenant from covering a great deal of sonic ground in a short amount of time. Ranging from crushing sludge to delicate, ethereal passages, through high intensities and slower, deeply grounded moments, it is clear that the EP showcases great versatility–an asset allowing its music to stand in solidarity with every facet of emotion it tries to convey.

This great versatility, however, at times creates a disconnect between tracks. Instead of a unified front, it is a work of art carved into three separate pieces that hardly allude to each other. Though this is perhaps Wicked Covenant‘s greatest flaw, it is somewhat compensated for by the simple fact that this release is an EP and not a full-length; though I can’t help but wonder if a slight touch of consistency would have taken it to a transcendental level. Of course, the perfect balance between versatility and monotony is a utopian goal for artists the world over, and at the end of the day, a multifaceted album is of far greater value than one with no variance at all. And yet, I feel that this missing element of interwovenness is the only thing holding Wicked Covenant from its true potential.

All in all, this EP is certainly something for doom fans to look out for come June. Deeply introspective and with a high degree of musical and emotional potency, Wicked Covenant is a captivating display of stoner doom wrapped in a genuine purged-by-fire atmosphere that will surely prove a worthy point of interest in its field.

Rating:

8.5/10


Wicked Covenant by Bury the Machines will be available via Midnite Collective June 9th, 2017.

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