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Rhode Island trio Pilgrim dispenses a colossal six-track affair championing the slow and low doom metal sound on the aptly titled MISERY WIZARD. Purposely pronounced and definitively downtrodden, this gloom-addled unit’s lineage starts at Black Sabbath and digs deeper from there, excavating pieces of Candlemass, Sleep, and Electric Wizard from the mines of the outer reaches of the mind to comprise straightforward slow crawls (“Adventurer”) with hypnotic rhythms and monstrous monolithic riffs aplenty (“Misery Wizard”). Safeguarding the genre’s traditional virtues with staunch reverence, the debut by Pilgrim demonstrates the elements of plodding and punishing doom metal at their most foreboding. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS