Dö is an unholy trio from Helsinki, Finland that claims to be a doom stoner band fueled by
desperation, bitterness, alcohol and humour dark as blood. Den, their second e.p., was released on the third day of this year, promising a harsh, crushing and brutal 2015 to all of us. There's four songs on Den, lasting between six and eight minutes. Band members Big Dog, Peat Rex & Deaf Hank have done their best to create something as vile and slashing as possible. They partially succeeded in doing this, yet they also succeeded in making a very listenable album filled with classic rock riffs and psychedelic influences.
Honestly, when I read about Dö's desire to create crushing sludge-doom, I was a little sceptical. Often this music is all about creating music that's so crushing and unwieldy because of the immense volume and the downtuned guitars, that listening to it might become a bit of a burden in stead of a joyful occasion. But what Dö does is not completely what they claim to be doing. Yes, the music is slow and heavy but the influences from seventies sounding stoner rock give the whole something extra, something I absolutely love about this e.p. Opener 'For the Worms' starts with a clean riff that could announce either a folk or a punk song but it soon evolves in a stoner monster that's almost awesome.
Another amazing thing Dö seems to do, is offering an overview of doom history. The earlier mentioned seventies sounds are accompanied by doom influences from the eighties (especially with the vintage death metal reaching growls), nineties melodies and present day sludge metal. If you don't watch the year of release, there's absolutely no way of finding out which era this e.p. belongs to. So let's just summarize by saying the Den is a very interesting e.p., overviewing the history of dark, slow music.
Besides, I can't find any mention of a physical version of this e.p. So the only way to get your hands on this, is by downloading it from their bandcamp page. You can pay whatever you want for it too. I can truly recommend all doom fans to do so and I can recommend Dö to make some CDR copies for their merchandise-booth on gigs. If they can put up a convincing live-performance, those CDRs will probably sell as well as vomit-bags at an anorexia patients meeting. (Dö said they like dark humour, so do we...)